Season ends with defeat

Harry Smeed

The truncated cricket season for Rye came to an end with defeat at home to Seaford and it was a low key performance by Rye, much in keeping with the poor and blustery weather conditions. Rye won the toss and invited Seaford to bat first.

On a slow but true wicket, Seaford resisted the accurate opening attack of Tobias Farrow and Craig Pierce. Failing to make an early breakthrough and with wayward bowling following, Seaford built a solid partnership through Olly Smith 44 and Oscar Weisz 49. At 155-2 Seaford promised a large total, but man of the match skipper Harry Smeed pegged Seaford back taking 6-25 and with Ben Clifton 2-35 ensured Seaford could only post 201-9.

So at tea Rye were in the hunt for the run chase. Those hopes never materialised as Rye’s batting faltered in the face of accurate bowling by Seaford and Rye were quickly 45-4. Ellis Hatter with 24 top scored, but resistance was thin as Rye were bowled out for 126. William Lucas 3-17 was the pick of the Seaford bowlers.

Rye is already planning for the 2021 season, with developments both on and off the field. The world of Covid-19 presents new challenges and the Rye Cricket Club committee is preparing the club.

Last Sunday, the club hosted the traditional fixture between Winchelsea Cricket Club and the Richard Merricks Xl. This will be the 55th year of this fixture, which has been moved to Rye due to vandalism of the Winchelsea CC square by metal detectorists in search of buried treasure.

Image Credits: Rye Cricket Club .


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