On a blustery afternoon, Uckfield Anderida made the long journey to Pett, writes Tom Grimes
After being put into bat, Uckfield made a good start, although the comical running between the two openers almost overshadowed the much-anticipated return of former run-scoring machine Ed Watson.
But once Ed Watson fell for 19, Pett took control of the innings,
Some excellent tight bowling from Perrin (2-30) and Murphy (3-26) limited the Uckfield batsman’s scoring options. On a slow pitch and slower outfield, the only scoring shots were from loose deliveries, with some tight fielding and good lengths bowled by the Pett medium pacers.
The Uckfield batsman all got in, but it was only skipper David Tungate (38) and opener Chris Moore (33) who managed to pass 20.
Some big hitting from Chris Brady (18) pushed Uckfield towards 160, and Joe Burns and Andrew Shelley made sure Uckfield reached 167-7 off 40 overs. A competitive, but below-par score.
Uckfield bowled excellently in the first 20 overs, keeping it very tight, especially with Harvey (2-32), Tungate (0-11) and Brady (0-22). With Pett on 45-3 after 20 overs, Uckfield felt confident their 167 was more than defendable.
Unfortunately, this was not the case.
The Uckfield bowlers could not find their lengths after drinks, and a fantastic 65 not out from Giles Perrin guided Pett home with nine balls to spare, with the help from Mills (30) and Crisford (16). It’s worth noting, the Uckfield Anderida fielding display was exceptional, with very rare misfields, two composed run outs and an excellent James Harvey catch in the deep.
10 points were gained on a frustrating day for Uckfield, who welcome local rivals Maresfield to The Vic next week.
Stock Image (former run-scoring machine) Ed Watson Uckfield by Ron Hill (HillPhotographic)