On a lovely sunny Saturday Uckfield Anderida travelled to Newhaven looking to put an end to their losing streak.
However, after winning the toss, the Newhaven opening batsman started well, hitting boundaries regularly and going at over 5 an over in the first ten overs.
It took a fantastic one-handed catch by Chris Turner to break the partnership, off the bowling of Anthony Muggeridge.
Whilst Uckfield’s accuracy with the ball became better, Newhaven were still able to build a healthy first innings score. Newhaven captain Daryll Tullett brought up his century in the 35th over, a fine and patient knock, which would see his side score 222-4 off the 40 overs.
The wickets were shared out between Muggeridge, the impressive Sinclair-Bailey, Chris Brady and David Tungate. With Newhaven well placed at drinks, Uckfield were pleased with that.
That joy did not last long. Newhaven’s bowlers were excellent and proved too much for the Uckfield batsman.
Tungate came out to join opener Chris Moore in just the second over. Moore hit two boundaries but was the one of only two Uckfield batsmen to reach double figures (10). Once he departed, Andrew Shelley, Chris Turner and Manthan Vyas soon followed as Uckfield were 42-5 after 18 overs, and in real trouble.
At this stage Uckfield knew that they only had pride to play for, and in fact batting out the 40 overs would be an achievement against a very good Newhaven attack. Tungate was the mainstay of the innings, digging in at first, and then taking a particular liking to Ian Robinson’s short pitched deliveries, hitting four boundaries in a row off him.
Anthony Muggeridge and John Lee provided fantastic support, working hard so Uckfield could obtain some batting points, and that they did.
Tungate fell in the penultimate over for 91, trying to push the score up to the next batting point.
Uckfield eventually finished on 130-8, a good effort in the end against a Newhaven team who were simply too strong.
Next week, Uckfield host leaders Herstmonceux CC at Victoria Pleasure Ground.
ALL IMAGES by Ron Hill (HillPhotographic)