Bells beat the weather to notch win
BELLS Yew Green's first-team East Sussex Division Two game against Barcombe was abandoned without a ball being bowled, and the thirds' Division Nine match with Forest Row was also called off after only 30 overs.
But Division Seven champions Bells Yew Green seconds beat fellow Division Six debutants Iden II, at the Nursery Ground, on Saturday.
In a match influenced by variable British weather, skipper Neil Cleave put Iden into bat. The overhead conditions looked to give the bowler an advantage and in spite of missed chances early on, the BYG opening attack seized the initiative.
Chris Edwards and Tim Rowson showed signs of developing into a menacing opening bowling attack. Edwards took 5-26, while Rowson contributed three wickets for just 21 runs. There was also another superb run-out from George Smith.
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With rain closing in and threatening to take the win away from BYG, quick runs were needed. Mark Spicer (19) and Neil Cleave (14) batted freely, while ever-reliable George Smith anchored the innings, easing to an unbeaten 19 as he brought up the win with an exquisite flick through mid-wicket for four.
Making their debut at BYG's new home, Cousley Wood, BYG's fourths put in a good team performance to overcome Crowhurst Park by 34 runs.
Australian Daryl King hit an unbeaten 102 as BYG eased to a respectable 169. At 106-6, a respectable total seemed a long way from BYG's grasp, but King was aided by New Zealander Shaun Wyatt's hard-hitting 28, which included 26 in boundaries.
Wyatt carried on his good work with the ball, taking 2-20 from his seven overs and he added to his performance with a great run-out as a result of a direct hit from the boundary later on in the match.
Dave Baker (2-26), Harry Tomlinson (2-24) and debutant Allan Lockhart (2-12) each contributed as BYG made it two wins out of two on the first day of the league season.
The weather intervened to stop what would have been a perfect weekend for BYG as their Sunday game with Withyham was abandoned with a win looking likely.
BYG were made to work for their wickets, before quickie Gary Stevens and Chris Edwards turned the screw. Stevens ended with 3-27 while Edwards (5-23) made it a ten-wicket weekend.
The total of 178 was a tough target, but Scott Collier and Laurie Cadle's fast-paced opening stand of 103 put BYG on course for a win. Cadle eventually went for 39 while Collier remained unbeaten on 57, but the rain brought the game to a halt.