Uckfield travelled to Herstmonceux in hope more than expectation, but on losing the toss Uckfield were happy to be bowling first against a team whose bowling has caused batting nightmares for opponents this season.
However, with Iswariah dropping a regulation slip catch early on off the bowling of the departing Burns, Uckfield set the tone for a horrendous day in the field.
With the home team opening batsmen putting on over 100 for the first wicket, and misfielding and extras galore, Uckfield made it easy for the opposition, who put on 323 for 7 off their 40 overs.
Uckfield’s batting fared poorly by comparison, with wickets falling at regular intervals to some very good bowling. Uckfield managed less than half the opposition total, limping to 161 for 7 and losing the game to the side crowned division champions with 3 games to spare.
So Uckfield 1st XI will be in division 8 next year without club stalwarts Joe Burns and Dan Phillips, who will be missed. It’s also important to highlight the amazing contribution of captain David Tungate this year who finished the season as the second highest run scorer for the entire Sussex league, with over 1000 runs this season.
Meanwhile Uckfield’s 2nd XI ensured their survival in division 11 of the Sussex league by gaining more than the 5 points they needed in a loss to local rivals Buxted
All images Ron Hill