Cuckfield v East Grinstead U14 – 26 May
East Grinstead included players from the under 12 and under 13 squads and, as it transpires, Cuckfield had a similar mixed age team on the day. It was very pleasing to note that both teams played with enthusiasm and the standard of play certainly did not fall as a result of the younger players. Paarth Nagpal was invited to captain the team for his first time, in the absence of some regulars away for the bank holiday. He won the toss and had the confidence to bat first. Cuckfield were a player short so in the spirit of cricket, several of the EG players sportingly substituted in the field for Cuckfield. As we have come to expect, the Cuckfield bowling was aggressive and mostly accurate so restricted the batsmen and kept the runs down to a standard five an over. John Bishop top scored with 22 and Paarth, run out on 18 made the main contribution, but Henry Johnson with 12 and Louis Riley 10 not out, all batted confidently to achieve a moderate total of exactly 100 for 5 wickets. Cuckfield had two main batsmen in Henry Rogers who retired on a maximum 40 not out and Adhi Jawahar with 28. The rest of the Cuckfield batsmen were given few opportunities to score by some very good fielding, backing up the bowling of John Bishop (3 for 11) Paarth (2 for 6) and good, economic spells, from Sam Persad, Louis Riley, and Luke Taylor, in particular caught the eye. Special mention for Charlie Snashfold whose performance behind the stumps with only one bye and a very important catch at a critical time, plus the bowlers with only a miserly 7 extras in total, compared to 21 extras conceded by Cuckfield, resulted in Cuckfield needing 10 to win in the 20th over but ultimately all out for 95 in a very exciting finish.