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Battle 1st XI* 155 (all out, 37.1 overs) Vs. Lewes St Michaels 1st XI 156-5 (26.3 overs)
Lewes St Michaels won their first game of 2017 in convincing fashion in the InterSport of Lewes Trophy tie away at Division Two outfit Battle. Some tight bowling from the visitors kept Battle’s openers quiet, thanks to spells of 3/3 and 3/11 from Steve Oliver and Matt Piller respectively. The home side’s Keeper Tom Watson’s hit an assured 50 and there was a flourish from Roger Soan (38), but a further two wickets each from Mark Jordan and Revilino Taites ended Battle’s innings early. In reply, Saints got off to a blistering start, thanks to Mark Jordan’s destructive 54 from 27 balls and fellow opener Ian Welch’s more measured and patient 54 not out. Leigh Tullet took 3/16 for the hosts but a further knock of 20 from Thomby Smith saw Lewes St Michaels ease to victory with 13 overs and five wickets to spare. Saints play Little Common Ramblers in the next round.
Little Common Ramblers* 343-3 (40 overs) Vs Lewes St Michaels 1st XI 131 (all out, 31 overs)
Comprehensive victory for a strong Little Common side in the cup, to end Saint’s run. LCR had two centurions, with Pratik Patel and Mark Jordan taking one and two wickets between them. Rev Taites bowled tightly. Skipper Joe Whiting (32) and Jim Thompson (36) with the only real runs for Saints.
Ditchling 2nd XI 224-5 (48 overs) Vs. Lewes St Michaels 1st XI* 229-7 (44.1 overs)
Lewes St Michaels won their opening league game in a thrilling contest against Ditchling at the Convent Field. The pitch at the Convent Field had been relaid and flattened over the winter and played well, with the visitors setting a big total. A fantastic innings of 116 from Patrick Nolan helped to give Ditchling the full batting points. Matt Piller took 3-59 for the home side, but only managed to get the visiting side five down by the end of their allotted overs. After an excellent tea, Ian Welch (41) and Phil Lucas (40) got Saint’s innings off to an assured start, laying the platform for an exciting run chase to the end of the match. The fireworks duly came from Mark Jordan (46) and Steve Oliver (34 not out), who seemed to be in a competition of their own as to who could hit the biggest six. In the end two was required from the final over, and the first ball of which was ruthlessly dispatched for another six by Steve Oliver.
Herstmonceux 1st XI* 166-9 (48 overs) Vs. Lewes St Michaels 1st XI 167-7 (42.4 overs)
Lewes Saint Michaels continued their winning start to the season with an entertaining win away at Herstmonceux. The home side were put into bat, and made a good start, with John Stevens making 35 and Tom Crouch 29, the latter being removed in an unfortunate manner, with a ball hit back at the bowler Mark Jordan, who clipped the ball with his fingers to prevent the four, but in the process directed the ball onto the stricken Crouch’s stumps at the non-strikers end. Jordy made sure that it was correctly documented as a run out by himself in the scorebook. An excellent spell of 5/43 from Revilino Taites further turned the tide in St Michaels’ favour, including two wickets in two balls. Steve Oliver took a further two wickets but the final wicket eluded the Lewes side, with a late rally from the hosts who put on additional 26 with a last wicket stand. In response, the visitors initially scored slowly, and lost a couple of early wickets, but an experienced innings from Jon Brown (41), 20 from Joe Whiting (who was reprieved with two dropped catches for the second week running!) and a smashing 63 from Mark Jordan allowed Saints to up the tempo towards the total. With 12 runs required from eight remaining overs, the end of the Saints innings still managed to take a nail biting turn with the hosts bowling four consecutive maidens and taking three late wickets, but Steve Oliver came in to hit the winning runs for the second game in a row for Saint Michaels.
Newhaven 1st XI 184-7 (48 overs) Vs. Lewes St Michaels 1st XI* 185-5 (40.5 overs)
Lewes St Michaels made in three wins from three to top the league after winning an Ouse Valley clash at home to Newhaven. The visitors were put into bat and made a great start, with Jack Brechin hitting 91 before being removed by Harry Jackson (2/34 from 12 overs). Fellow opener Daryll Tullet made 44 but some tight bowling by Saints pegged back the opposition. Mark Jordan took 4-44 from 12 overs which reduced Newhaven to 7 wickets down at the end of their allotted overs, having made 184. Saint Michaels’ own opening batsman Joe Whiting also had runs up his sleeve hitting an impressive 83 not out, to get the home side’s innings off to a great start. John Brown (23) and Jim Thompson (19) also contributed to the run chase, which the Lewes side succeeded in surpassing with four overs and five wickets remaining.
Polegate & Stone Cross 1st XI* 184-7 (48 overs) Vs. Lewes St Michaels 1st XI 173-8 (45 overs)
Lewes St Michaels 1st XI* 251-6 (dec., 43 overs) Vs. Rotherfield 1st XI 148-5 (50 overs)
Heathfield Park 2nd XI* 174-8 (48 overs) Vs. Lewes St Michaels 1st XI170 (all out, 42 overs)
Saints suffered their first league defeat of the season after a valiant comeback with the bat, but coming up short on the smallest of margins. Heathfield batted first and despite some good innings from Terry Penfold (43) and Tom Cornwall (51), the Saints bowlers restricted the batsmen on a difficult wicket. Joe Piller returned with a well-earned 4/50, while Steve Oliver took 2/18. Joe Whiting got Saints’ innings off to a good start, with 20, but some excellent bowling from James Bentley (5-23) instigated a collapse, with Saints at one point 49-6. Thomby Smith put in a superb measured performance with the bat to make 56, while contrastingly Pratik Patel hit an extravagant 28 including a ramp for 4 to put the LSM right back in the match, eventually requiring just five runs from the remaining 4 overs, but it was not to be after the Heathfield umpire gave the final wicket out LBW in a very tight finish.
Newick 2nd XI 107 (all out, 32.5 overs) Vs. Lewes St Michaels 1st XI* 111-8 (31.4 overs)
Lewes St Michaels held on to win in a low-scoring encounter at the Convent Field on Saturday. The Lewes side out Newick into bat, which proved fruitful, skittling the visitors for just 107, with Mark Jordan taking an impressive 4/14 and Jo Piller putting in a great spell of 3/18. Richard Manning top scored for Newick with 17. Given their recent form with the bat, Saints would have been confident chasing the total, but suffered a number of early wickets. Louis Ramsey (3/31) and Cameron Jones (3/28) were both effective with the ball and got the hosts on the ropes at 78 for 7, but a late rally from Steve Oliver, who made an unbeaten 32 saw Saints over the line with just two wickets to spare.
Lewes St Michaels 1st XI 125 (all out, 29.2 overs) Vs. Iden 1st XI* 130-3 (36.2 overs)
Iden convincingly beat St Michaels after bowling out the visiting Lewes side cheaply. Saints suffered an early batting collapse, with Neil Pearce taking 3/20, before Mark Jordan (43) and Steve Oliver (32) salvaged some hope for the batting side. The visitors were all out shortly after gaining their one batting point. Jo Piller’s excellent spell of 3/20 out the hosts under pressure early on, but and unbeaten stand from Edward Avann (47 not out) and George Avann (46 not out) took Iden to a deserved victory.
Uckfield Anderida 1st XI 194-6 (48 overs) Vs. Lewes St Michaels 1st XI* 195-5 (44 overs)
Lewes St Michaels captain Joe Whiting continued his good tossing form and elected to have a bowl on a pitch that was showing signs of damp due to the previous day’s rain. Uckfield made a positive start with both openers looking to score when they could. However, the openers fell in quick succession after opening bowlers Mark Jordan and Jo Piller took it in turns to take the day’s first wickets. The game then swung in favour of the hosts as good bowling from Saints reduced Uckfield to 139-6 until Matt McCallum’s patient 55 and Chris Turner’s 53 not out from 39 balls brought the visitors’ total to 194 from their 48 overs. Jordan was the pick of the bowlers with 4-62 with Revilino Taites (1-23) providing good support.
In reply, Saints openers Phil Lucas and Ben Gardner began a patient response, watchfully negotiating the first 10 overs and frustrating the Uckfield bowlers. But Uckfield soon grabbed the initiative by taking two quick wickets to reduce the hosts to 41-2. This brought Saints skipper Joe Whiting to the crease where he began the first of several key partnerships with Lucas to guide the Lewes side calmly towards their target. When Lucas fell for 40, the Saints middle order all contributed to the total, supporting Whiting in what was a superb captain’s knock. A well-timed run chase was finished off with an over and 5 wickets to spare, with Whiting hitting the winning runs to finish on 71 not out. Joseph Burns and James Harvey each took two wickets apiece for Uckfield, while Chris Brady was unlucky not to add to his 1-25 from 9 disciplined overs.
Ditchling 2nd XI* 155 (all out, 43.5 overs) Vs. Lewes St Michaels 1st XI 159-2 (27.4 overs)
Lewes St Michaels won in convincing fashion away at Ditchling in the fist round of games this season to be played in the 45-over a side format. It was a gloriously sunny day and the game was played in great spirit. Saints put the hosts into bat, which proved fruitful, as Ditchling were restricted to 155 all out. The home skipper Anthony Eastman batted skillfully for 52 and Ben Ackland (37) and Andrew Westgate (24) rallied late on in the innings, but an excellent spell of spin bowling from Sam Telford who took 2/3, three wickets clean bowled by Revilino Taites (3/10), who broke a stump in the process, and two from Ben Gardner (2/47), who broke a bail in the process, concluded a destructive session with the ball by the visitors. In reply, Ditchling claimed a couple of wickets early on, but a superb captain’s innings from Joe Whiting yielded Saint’s first century of the season, seeing him finish on 103 not out and supported by Thomby Smith who finished on 28 not out.
Lewes St Michaels 1st XI* 131 (all out, 40.5 overs) Vs. Herstmonceux 1st XI 73 (all out, 35 overs)
Saint Michaels fought back from a low score with a fine bowling display to beat Herstmonceux at home, including a superb spell from Mark Jordan of 5 wickets for 4 runs off 10 overs. Saints were put into bat and struggled against the visitors’ bowling attack. Nick Toomey took 3/23 and Paul Walker 2/11 to dislodge the top order. Steve Oliver (34), Jim Thompson (24) and Jo Piller (20) managed to add some vital runs to salvage something of a competitive total, but the home side were all out for 131 in the 40th over. The Lewes side put in an excellent attacking display with the ball though, never allowing Herstmonceux to settle. Jo Piller took 2/19 before Mark Jordan’s spell dismantled visitors, eventually bowling them out for 73. Ryan Bennet top scored for Herstmonceux with 17.