Finally after a stuttering start to the season Cricket arrived back at Saint Hill in glorious sunshine.
Yet it was touch and go on Saturday morning as players and friends alike got together to fork the outfield of the residue of the lake that formed after the Wednesday downpour. The umpires took sympathy on the ground staff and delayed play for an hour to let the beating midday sun do its work.
The Premier league fixture against Horsham produced a high standard of cricket –the first century of the season from Leo Cammish 108 not out and at fine knock of 84 from skipper Will Adkin. EG’s 233 for 6 off the reduced 45 overs always seemed a distant target when Horsham batted. Tight aggressive bowling made certain of that as Ian Sturmer and Lewis Hatchett almost cleaned up the tail finishing with Horsham hanging on by fingers tips to finish nine wickets down for 161.
The even contest between bat and ball spoke volumes for all the dedicated work put into creating a cricket wicket from the soggy square on Wednesday evening. Geoff and Andy need a medal for perseverance beyond the call of duty.
On Sunday the same pitch hosed two 20/20 matches when Ifield beat Anstey to enable them to play East Grinstead in the first round of the Sussex T20 Cup.
Again the Firsts put on a show hitting 161 for six off their allotted overs with Fynn Hudson Prentice coming to the party with the score on 10 for 3 he thrashed 88 runs ably supported by Will and Darryl Rebbetts. Ifield CC couldn’t match this aggression and despite Daniel Smiths 52 fell 42 runs short at their last ball.
The coming Weekend of the 12/13th sees the Second XI playing on Saturday against Brighton & Hove while Sunday is reserved for the first round of the Royal London National Championship with East Grinstead’s hosting Bexley. This is the competition that we almost got to the National final last season so Sunday presents a new opportunity to cross that one off our club’s wish. Please come and support your team as they test themselves against a very good Kentish side.