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EGCC 1st XI v Haywards Heath

Saturday, 15th August

East Grinstead started their third August cup fixture in cloudy overcast conditions as the forecast didn’t look good throughout the day. Grinstead did win the toss and choose to bat as there was still some dampness on the outfield and looked to exploit the HH bowlers using a wet ball. The established pair of Adkin and Haynes once again started brightly again moving to 37 before Adkin edged behind for 18. Ollie Graham replaced Adkin as Cammish was late to the fixture as the rain poured in his home town! Thankfully, Graham and Haynes continued to put pressure on the HH bowlers with regular boundaries and singles to accompany them. They put on 60 before Haynes chipped one to mid wicket for another well made 59 without pushing on. It was again at over 100 strike rate as Grinstead moved along at an excellent lick. Graham and the incoming Cammish also put on 50 before Graham was LBW for 38. Grinstead hoped it wasn’t going to be a day of starts for their batsmen without any of them going on. HOwever, at 148 – 3, with 16 overs left, Rebbetts and Cammish put their foot on the accelerator. With a soft, damp ball and regular boundaries, HH were really struggling in the field to motivate themselves causing regular boundary balls for Cammish and Rebbetts. Rebbetts hit 8 fours and 2 sixes in just 33 balls, scoring 57 rapid runs. That was certainly Rebbetts fastest 50 for Grinstead. Cammish was in an even higher gear though, smashing 13 fours and two sixes in just 48 balls of whirlwind batting. He made 89 exceptional runs to propel Grinstead to a massive 332 for the loss of 6 wickets. Ian Sturmer returned to form also at the back end of the innings smashing 42 off just 27 balls. Grinstead adding over 200 from the last 20 overs.

The expected rain still hadn’t arrived which gave Grinstead even more hope of a positive result, but could they get through the overs fast enough to force a result. The answer was yes, Grinstead rattled through the overs with Pettman and Cave starting brightly before the spin took over. Rattle had his best return for Grinstead so far with 4/39 off his 8 overs, taking through the middle order of HH. The highlights of HH’s innings were Jonny Phelps quickfire 35 at the top of the innings, before Menzies scored 31. HH did manage to bat out the full 40 overs, scoring 179-9 in the process. Having the control back from Hatchett was a real positive before the showdown with the only other team with 100% in the group, Eastbourne. He bowled a very tidy 8 overs 0/22. There were also wickets for Margetts, Haynes, Cave and Pettman. Very rarely at club level do you get complete performances, but it was safe to say this was one of them. An excellent foundation was set from the top order, allowing the middle order the freedom to score big. Capped off by an excellent bowling and fielding performance. For some reason, winning when you weren’t even meant to get a full game indue to rain makes it a much sweeter victory. Grinstead travel to Eastbourne on Saturday in what might become a winner takes all  game as each team looks to retain their 100% records. Grinstead will take an unchanged team for the first time this season!