T20 Banana Skin Avoided at Rottingdean While 2nd Team win at home. Fours lose.
Good weekend for the club.
Dan and his 1st team travelled to Rottingdean CC this afternoon to compete in the Sussex T20 Cup competition 2nd round. Having won the toss hosts decided to have a bat.
From the first over it turned into a tough afternoon for Rottingdean. Nav got the ball rolling 6th ball to take openers off stump. Wickets were then taken at regular intervals. Ward completed a stunning run out. However fair play to the hosts saw out all the overs and made 87 for 8. Wickets shared around.
Dan (18) and Usman Khan (50 not out) were in no mood to dwell. Boundaries galore meant that the total was chased down in quick time (7 overs). Harrison Ward hitting a massive straight six along the way.
We caught up with man of the match Usman who said ‘I have had some starts this year so it was nice to score a half century today. In this first round we wanted to start with conviction and move on. It’s a competition we want to be getting through to the final at Hove’
It was really good fun today and many thanks to Rottingdean for hosting and looking after us.
Skipper Dan gives his thoughts on the weekend ‘ the game against Eastbourne showed we could hold our nerve against a team determined to make up for last weeks battering from Brighton. We fell well short of our intended target after a few bad shots in the middle order however runs on the board always puts pressure on the opposition. Our bowlers showed their class and the fielding was fantastic to seal 30 points’
‘Sunday’s game v Rottingdean was a game that we knew , if we stuck to our strengths we will come our victorious. Tight bowling and a continuous stream of wickets allowed us to bowl Rottingdean out for under 90. The batsman then finished the job within 8 overs. Usman getting a quick fire 50 not out. That’s another two wins and we will be looking towards continue that run against Brighton next Saturday.
Adam O’Brien secured four wickets for our 2nd team at home as visitors Eastbourne struggled to 97 all out. Early home wickets set the pulse racing. However, skipper Edward (27) and Kash 32 not out calmed all the nerves as the team went on to win. That’s two wins from three league games and can allow the squad to start looking up the Division 3 table.
Meanwhile our 4th team, under the guidance of Justin suffered a further set back with a heavy loss against Horsted Keynes. Batting first the visitors scored 255 for 3 off the 40 overs. Paul Jefferies top scored with 20 as the hosts were bowled for 107. It’s a very tough start to the season for Justin and the squad but hopefully things will turn around next Saturday.
There you have it, a really positive weekend around the SCMG and away. I am sure that we will all be looking forward to next weekend.
Colin Bowman - 19/05/2019