In a game that was over by 5 PM, Horsted beat East Grinstead by 3 wickets, after bowling the away side out for 86, but easy work it was not.
Sunshine kissed the outfield at The Crown as the troops made their way out to play, with Horsted bowling first. Skipper Harvey James marshalled the first half of the innings to perfection, with his pace sending Grinstead wickets tumbling, whilst the youthful Tom Black tied the batsmen down; producing 5 maidens from 6 overs.
On a day, and wicket where Harvey would prove unplayable, his pace and bounce first bowled one EG opener; through a slow yorker. Then minutes later an unusually well placed bouncer from Harv produced an edge from number 3 Zachary Riley, which the old reliable Dave Lancaster was more than happy to gobble up behind the stumps. Tom Black would then try and bowl a “heavy one”, which should’ve rightfully been pulled for 6, but much to everyone’s surprise was uncharacteristically, athletically caught by Toby Glenn in the covers, to dismiss opener Ryan Trotter.
Questionable comes up twice in this sentence, Benjamin Davies dismissal in his opinion and his drop from Grinstead 1s to batting number 4 in their 3rd team. Harvey getting charged down by a batsman is a rarity in the Mid Sussex League, and that what Davies did, who was made to pay. The aggressive number 4 had had been going well on 34, until Harvey fired another bouncer down, and Davies reaching hook shot fell to Mick Tindall at deep point who took a highly athletic diving catch which was counter stereotypical of his 67 years.
The capture of Davies wicket proved crucial in Horsted’s rolling of Grinstead in the first innings, as wickets now fell regularly with Harvey capturing Nik Trotter and Deepak Kapadia caught behind to complete his five for. Tom Robinson, replacing Tom Black at the bottom end had Morgan Lapina Amarelle caught close in for 3, which left Grinstead 8 down when Harvey brought himself of with figures of 5-56.
It only took 3 overs from our kolpak Pete Newson (2-2) down the hill, and another 4 from Robbo (2-21) coming up to bowl Grinstead out for 86 after 25 overs. This wasn’t easy work however, as Nicky Chaudhuri batted her way to a stylish 19 not out at number 10, including a punch on drive for 4 off Harv.
We had struggled with the pressure of chasing low scores over the past few seasons, and the first 10 overs were worryingly reminiscent of when we failed to chase 89 at home to Lindfield last season. The two openers Toby Glenn and Pete Newson went early, LBW to Ned Rowland and Jon Thompson respectively. The baby faced assassin Tom Robinson came in at 3 and ground out some good bowling whilst wickets fell at the other end.
Alex Waters, Dave Lancaster and Mick Tindall all went for ducks to Grinstead veteran Jon Thompson. Robbo would’ve been glad to see Harvey join him at the crease, given the amount of hundreds they’ve put on together in previous seasons. The two of them attacked Grinstead’s bowling, playing well off the front foot. Jon Thompson coming off at the top end proved a turning point in the Horsted innings, as Robbo took a liking to Nik Trotter’s off spin, and struck 3 sixes from one over.
East Grinstead did find a lease of life when Tom was caught behind (37) and Prev found himself bowled (0) by Thompson balls later. Although in the end there was no panic as Blair Jarvis (0*) accompanied Harvey to 37 not out to secure the 30 points for Horsted 7 wickets down.
We had joined the opposition in The Crown by 5:30, enjoying Harv’s jug purchased for his five for.
Next week we travel to Colemans Hatch (1:30 start) and hope to extend our 4 point lead at the top of Mid Sussex div 2