On a warm and muggy day, Uckfield Anderida travelled to Lewes, hoping to build on last week’s first victory of the season.
Stand in skipper, Joe Burns, lost the toss and his Uckfield side were asked to bat first on what is traditionally a very difficult wicket to score runs on.
Allsobrook made some early inroads for Lewes with his unique action. Morton was slightly unlucky to get an inside edge on to the stumps and Reed got a good one to bowl him through the gate. With today’s weakened team, Uckfield knew that they would be heavily reliant on their leading run scorer this season. He didn’t disappoint them. Whilst he lacked fluency at times, he worked his way to an excellent 46 which enabled Uckfield’s lower middle order to play more expansively. He was ably supported by Paul Iswariah and their partnership of 70 set an excellent platform for others to attack from. Hayes bludgeoned his way to a quick fire 26 and Turner’s fine 34 got Uckfield to what they believed was an above par 180. Allsobrook finished with 7 wickets for Lewes and might have had more were it not for some poor fielding from the home side.
After an exquisite tea, Uckfield turned to their tried and tested opening bowling pair of Matt Reed and Chris Brady. Brady’s probing lines and Reed’s swing and pace have been the hallmark of Uckfield’s resurgence in recent years and once again, they got Uckfield off to a flyer. Reed dismissed both openers with full, swinging deliveries and nobody was able to get Brady away.
With Reed burned out, Hayes returned to bowl with the sort of menace that UACC hadn’t seen since the county league days. He returned figures of 7-4-13-4 and was very well supported by Andrew Shelley in the field. At this point Uckfield were well on top. Harvey had kept the run rate to a minimum and when he picked up the wicket of Steve Oliver, Uckfield again turned to Reed. He bowled the Lewes’ 10 and 11 with beautiful in swinging deliveries to leave Harry Oliver stranded having just reached his 50.
This was an excellent all round display as Uckfield obtained another 30 points and head into next week’s home fixture against Iden with a bit of confidence.