So, after 10 months of hurt, Cricket was back across England. Amazingly, the sun returned with it.
Buxted Park CC chose to begin the season with an Inter-club match with two teams made up by the combination of the 1st X1 and the 2nd X1 . Winning the socially distanced toss, Craig Olive of ‘Craig’s Olives’ won the toss and elected to bat on what looked a track with something for everyone. This wasn’t the case, as Warwick Barnes was run out by Alfie Hunter early on and was closely followed by Tom Clift and Ollie Jones.
At 15-3 the ‘Olives’ looked in trouble, especially with seamers Reddimg Barnes and Isaac Heater beating the bat regularly. Ric Haynes and Ryan Banham (50 retired) steadied the ship, setting up club debutante George Read to hit an exciting 81, which brought the ‘Olives’ to a total of 216 from their 40 overs.
In response, their opponents ‘Puxted Bark’ lost captain Dom. Heater (0) early to a once in a lifetime delivery from club stalwart Paul Shepperd…..Alfie Hunter and another club debutante Will Rist (50 retired) dragged ‘Puxted’ to 80-1 upon Will Rist’s retirement. Finley Coddington (40) upped the ante with some penetrating strikes around the ground. From this point on the ‘Olives’ were simply bystanders as ‘Puxted’ comfortably chased home their target with 5 wickets and 5 balls left.
Fixtures will continue throughout the summer on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and spectators are more than welcome!
Images show ‘Craig’s Olives’ Batting
ALL IMAGES by Ron Hill (HillPhotographic)
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