Topping division three

Rain doesn't always stop play

Rye 1st Xl sit on top of the embryonic division 3 east after the first two weeks of the league season. Last Saturday, as storm clouds circled, Rye made the trip to Seaford, expecting a shortened game – and the surprise was that the game started on time and was not interrupted.

All around, especially in the east of the county, games were washed out, including Rye 2nd Xl home to Pevensey 1st Xl.

Rye 1sts won the toss and inserted Seaford. Rye made an early inroad as opening pair Craig Pierce (1-18) and Tobias Farrow (1-15) restricted Seaford, but Seaford made progress and at 71-1 looked in a good position. However the introduction of James Smeed taking 4-29 off 9 overs undermined the Seaford innings as they slipped to 90-5.

The rest of the Rye bowlers provided support as Brent Hidebrand took 2-19 and Harry Smeed 2-8, and Seaford slipped to 148 all out in 42.3 overs. William Lucas (49) top scored for Seaford.

At tea, Rye were confident of acquiring another 30 points. However, skipper Harry Smeed fell early, but Rye recovered led by Dan Stickels (44). However, Rye wobbled on 76-5 as Chris Stanyard (2-50) and Mark Sapwell (2-32) threatened a Rye collapse.

And Tobias takes charge

But from this point Tobias Farrow (42 not out) and Freddie Smith (24 not out) took control and saw Rye over the finishing line without further loss to win by 5 wickets in just 30 overs. Tobias Farrow remains undefeated this season and now averages 149.

This Saturday, Rye 1st Xl host Ifield 1st Xl in a match sponsored by My Sweet Old Etcetera, starting at 12:30pm. The 2nd Xl travel to play Herstmonceux 1st Xl and the Thirds travel to play Willingdon 3s.

On Monday, the under 11 A team play host to Mersham B at 6pm on the newly installed artificial wicket.

Hardball coaching continues on Tuesday for the juniors 6-8pm, the under 13s host Boughton & Eastwell on Thursday, and the All Stars / Cricket Dynamos Sessions continue on Friday evening.

Image Credits: Martin Blincow .


  1. We are blessed with a tradition of cricket and the discipline of team spirit in Rye. Martin Blinkow continues to lead this tradition. We need to continue to support and encourage our sports stars of the future. Much respect. Cheryl Creaser


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