The sun was shinning, the covers were off which meant one thing cricket was back at Victoria as Uckfield Anderida Cricket Club took on Eastbourne 3rd XI, writes Tom Grimes.
Uckfield won the toss on the newly laid square and decided to field first.
The Eastbourne openers S. Holder 53 and F Hicks 69 got Eastbourne off to a steady start.
Uckfields opening bowlers M. Reed and D.Gee toiled away without success on a deck not offering alot.
The introduction of M.Greenslade accounted for both openers finishing with 3-48 off 8 overs. C.Brady 3-28 off 8 accounted for the middle wickets with superb help from N.boniface 2-31-7 and L.Banks 2-31 -4. Eastbourne were eventually bowled out for 226.
Uckfield response got off to a shaky start losing opener C.Burns second ball for 4. M.Mccallum and R.Coates started the recovery, with Eastbourne opening bowlers Chell and Brady causing trouble with pace and late movement. At 20 overs Uckfield were struggling at 70-4. Uckfield captain M. Taylor came in and took the attack to the opposition and top scoring with 33 before a superb catch halted the fight back. M.Reed continued where Taylor had left off and finished unbeaten on 23, however the target was just too much and Uckfield were bowled out for 162.
Overall a great game, and a welcome return to cricket
Under the COVID – 19 rulings it was strange to see the players leave the field after every six overs to refresh and clean the ball!
Images Mike Skinner