Rye Cricket Club win Indoor Cup

EACA Indoor Cup Winners

Rye Cricket Club has secured its first piece of silverware in 2018, winning Sussex’s East Area Cricket Association (EACA) Indoor Cup.
The path to victory
Rye 1sts 94 for 4 vs Robertsbridge 2nds 65 for 6
Rye batting first lost a couple of early wickets but managed to pull off a decent score of 94 with James Hamilton (5), Ellis Hatter (32*), Mickey Toomey (7), Spencer Fielding (18*), Ollie Rhys Jones (1) and Tobias Farrow (8).
In reply, a solid start by Robertsbridge in the first few overs allowed them to reach 32 before the first wicket but good bowling by Rye’s Rhys Jones 1 for 14, Farrow 0 for 15, Toomey 0 for 17, Fielding 1 for 5 and Hatter 1 for 12 reduced Robertsbridge to 65 for 6.
Ashburnham 33 for 6 vs Rye 1sts 34 for 1
One change to the team, G Wathen arrived from work to replace S Fielding.
Ashburnham, still on a high from chasing down a big total of 114 to knock a strong Crowhurst Park side, were asked to bat first.
Rye struck in the first over with Wathen 1 for 4 and again in the 2nd over with the lightning pace of Rhys Jones 2 for 14. Rye’s 2nd pace bowler Farrow proved equally impossible to face with 1 for 5. Finally “king of swing” Toomey ended on figures of 1 for 6 reducing Ashburnham to 33 all out. In reply, Hamilton (6*), Hatter (5) and Toomey (7*), plus extras made short work of the target.
Rye 1sts 114 for 4 vs Bodiam 86 for 5
Bodiam, having knocked Bexhill and Robertsbridge out in their previous games, asked Rye to bat first.
At first this seemed a good decision for Bodiam, a combination of tight bowling and a run out saw Rye 46 for 2 by the 7th over.  However Hamilton (43), Farrow (29*) and Rhys Jones (25*) allowed Rye to produce a huge total of 114 for 4. In reply and with a daunting 115 to win M Barnett for Bodiam started the chase well with a 6 off the first ball from Wathen. Five good balls later at the end of the first over the score was 6 for 0.
Rhys Jones bowled a tight over of lightning pace. Some quick fielding claimed Barnett’s wicket with a sharp run out. Toomey 1 for 14, with a cracking swing ball bowled Paul Barnett for 24. Bodiam’s Ed Avann gritted in for 26 before being run out.
Farrow again produced lightning pace and accuracy with figures of 0 for 3 from his 3 overs, keeping Bodiam 28 shy of the target, Rye winning the final by 28 runs.
A big thank you to the scorers and to all the players who made Sunday possible.
February 4 will see Rye CC travel to Sussex University where we take on the Eastbourne Indoor Cup winners.

Photo: Spencer Fielding


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