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EGCC 1st XI v Eastbourne

Grinstead played Eastbourne on Saturday, 22 August at the Saffrons on what was a windy and mixed day weather wise. We arrived in bright sunshine but as Haynes and Adkin walked onto the field to bat first, the heavens opened and the match was delayed by an hour making it a 36 over affair. Eastbourne’s seamers started brightly, the returning Sussex seamer Henry Crocombe bowled accurately while Ben Twine hit an excellent length early on to restrict Grinstead from scoring early on. Haynes went cheaply as he drove on the up to short extra cover. Graham also went cheaply as he was bowled by Twine. This brought the in-form Cammish to the crease and immediately looked at home as the forest change bowlers lacked the same consistency as the openers. Adkin started well and looked to bat through while Cammish looked to accelerate.  They put on 68 before Cammish was caught and bowled as a ball misbehaved from Lenham. Rebbetts came and went cheaply leaving the rebuilding job to Sturmer and Adkin. This time, the now set Adkin took the attack to the Eastborune spinners with some excellent reverse sweeps to find the boundary regularly. Unfortunately, in the pursuit of quick runs in the final 6 overs, Grinstead lost their last 5 wickets for just 30 runs, only Brad Hatchett showing any resistance ending unbeaten on 16. Grinstead ended on181 all out, 20 fewer than they would have hoped for after some excellent fielding and a bad finish from Grinstead.

Grinstead began their defence with Pettman and Hatchett in the bid to restrict Eastbourne in the powerplay. Pettman was the first to strike with another caught and bowled from a rising delivery. Hatchett was next to strike with the important wicket of Orr as he edged behind to Cammish. Haynes and Rattle then did an excellent job of restricting the scoring of the Lenham brothers which finally took its toll on Archie as he was stumped off Haynes for 26 from 46 balls. Grinstead continued to take regular wickets as their spin troubled and tested the patience of the keen Eastbourne batters with Haynes and Rattle both returning figures of under 4 runs an over conceded. Grinstead look favourites at 148-7 with just 5 overs to go and 7 runs an over needed, but the ‘finisher Pocklington had other plans. He struck two sixes, one off Margetts and one off Graham to power Eastbourne into a promising position of 17 needed from the final two overs. Graham took the wicket of Cromcombe but the damage was done as they moved to within 4 of victory with 13 off the penultimate over. Barber slogged the ball over mid wicket with the fielders to end the game with four balls left, taking Eastbourne to victory by 2 wickets. Grinstead play Cuckfield at Saint Hill in a winner takes all game on Saturday to qualify for the semi finals.