Mayfield 1st XI 245
Rye 1st XI 245-8
Rye travelled to Mayfield in search of a fifth win of the season on Saturday June 16
Captain Harry Smeed lost the toss and Rye were asked to bowl but got off to a great start again, reducing Mayfield to 46 for 3 courtesy of 3 wickets from CJ Reece (3-35) Tobias Farrow (0-14). Fin Thomson (1-37) bowled tightly and claimed a further wicket to have Rye slightly in-front of the game with the score at 95-4. This brought Jaime Fielding (2-20) into the attack who bowled brilliantly with great skill to pick up two wickets. Harry Smeed and George Wathen closed out the innings bowling well but Banham (63*) struck the ball well to give Mayfield a very competitive score of 245.
Rye got off to a flyer courtesy of a quick-fire 45 from James Hamilton, and George Wathen (30) struck the ball beautifully until he was given out LBW. When Harry Smeed fell for 12 Rye were struggling at 98-4 but Mickey Toomey (50) and Tom Williams (9) took the score along to 160 for six and Rye felt they still had a chance. However when Reece and Toomey fell in quick succession to leave Rye at 214 for 8, it seemed the game might be gone, but up stepped Rye Concepts man of the Match Tobias Farrow (33*) who belted the ball around and with 10 needed of the final over anything could happen. Farrow hit the ball out of the ground third ball but as it had clipped the branch of a tree inside the boundary it was given four so it was four needed from the last two balls.
With quick running between the wickets the fifth ball resulted in a two and with two needed off the final ball it was a nail biting finish, unfortunately Rye could only manage a single of the final ball so the game ended in a tie, but a magnificent innings from Farrow nearly took the team over the line. Rye still sit top of the table by 10 points and hope to claim a win this Saturday at home to local rivals Crowhurst Park in a match sponsored by My Sweet Old Etcetera.
Rye 2nd XI 150-1
Laughton 2nd XI 148
Rye second eleven demonstrated ruthless efficiency to notch up their first win of the season on Saturday at home to Laughton. With Rye winning the toss and electing to bowl first it didn’t take long for them to strike. Nick Stickels (2-25) removed Laughton’s ever dangerous John Plumbley and some fine fielding from the experienced Mark Cook to remove Jamie Russell meant that both openers and danger men were removed without getting too settled. Wickets continued to fall with Rye restricting Laughton to 148 all out. Wickets fell to the tight bowling of Martin Blincow (2-23), Spencer Sharkey and Craig Pierce.
In reply Rye got off to a strong start with the opening partnership putting on 64. Laughton finally made a breakthrough removing Hatter for 11. The fall of the wicket didn’t seem to faze 15 year old Payton (91*) and Mackenzie (37*) as they pushed Rye over the line in just 21 overs. Luke Payton is the leading run maker in the Division and the leading wicketkeeper.
Rye 3rd XI 218-7
East Dean & Friston 2nd XI 218-5 declared
Rye third team hosted East Dean & Friston seconds for their latest league fixture and on winning the toss elected to field first.
Rye got off to an excellent start with a wicket for Nick Paine (1-35) before the visitors had scored. A second wicket partnership of 82 steadied the innings before Callum Haddaway (1-17 from 6 overs) clean bowled Mike Hutchins (13). Two further wickets then fell in quick succession which included Mark Pankhurst (49) being caught off the bowling of Jack Keen (1-28). A fifth wicket partnership of 99 between Gaurav Bijlani and Matthew Loe put the visitors in control before the former was bowled by Rowan Sharkey (1-28) having scored 55. East Dean declared on 218 for 5 using 4 overs less than their allocation which ended with Loe on 58 not out. The other Rye wicket taker was Freddie Mackenzie with figures of 1-24.
After tea the home team got off to a solid start with an opening stand between Anthony Cousins and Rowan Sharkey before the former was well caught off the bowling of Dan Matthews (1-30) having scored 48. Sharkey continued to provide resistance before a third wicket partnership with Ross Pierce increased the run rate and possibilities of victory, then Pierce (37) became the first victim to the bowling of Gaurav Bijlani (2-34). Jack Keen (13) was the only other batsmen to reach double figures as Sharkey controlled the innings. Keen was the first wicket of Matthew Loe who finished with figures of 3-64 which included a wicket on the last ball of the innings when one run was required to secure victory for Rye. Mark Pankhurst (1-27) was the other East Dean wicket taker.
The Colts had another successful week. The Under 11s defeated Ashford Town by 167 runs. Batting credits went to Joseph Kemsley 41 not out and Ashley Bull 33 not out. The Under 13s narrowly lost to Tenterden by eight runs. Tenterden scored 135-4 whilst Rye scored 127-5. Beth Farrow 20 and David Jempson 21 top scored. Rye emerged with great credit as all the outfield players bowled two overs each.
This Saturday, June 23, the 1st XI host Crowhurst Park, the 2nds travel to Isfield 1st XI, and the 3rd XI travel to Pevensey 2nd XI. On Monday the U11s host Great Chart, on Tuesday the U15s go to Boughton & Eastwell, and on Thursday the U13s
More Good News:
Off the pitch Rye Cricket Club has received more good news, and continues its development. The club has been awarded £2,100 from the ECB Small Grants Award Scheme. The Club was eligible to bid for funds because of its successful running of the All Stars Cricket Programme. The funds are allocated for specific purposes, so the club has invested in a four-wicket cover, trolley and a super sopper to remove excess water. All are required to ensure games are not lost to the weather.
And for the final news in a good week, the club completed the extension to the upstairs room of the pavilion, and the erection of a roof lantern, supplied by Hastings Windows. The club is now embarking on the final project to ensure the Sidney Allnutt Pavilion can meet the needs of all, by the construction of a disabled ramp, and the building of a terrace, to provide hard standing at the front of the pavilion all year round.
Photo: Martin Blincow