Fowle tackles Roffey with impressive haul
EAST Grinstead Cricket Club enjoyed a successful weekend with all but one side securing victory.
The club's first XI enjoyed a particularly good weekend, bouncing back from a disappointing defeat the week before with back-to-back wins against Roffey and the Sussex Cricket Board Development XI.
Phil Norman's men firstly defeated high-flying Roffey on Saturday, inflicting their first defeat of the season in a match that did not finish until 8.40pm.
After winning the toss, Norman put the hosts in to bat and it turned out to be a good decision on a slow, but damp wicket.
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Sussex player Will Adkin made the first breakthrough and recorded 1-22 in 11 economical overs, while fellow Sussex cricketer Lewis Hatchett took 1-45 from 17 overs.
The pick of the bowlers though was Craig Fowle, who bowled 17 overs and recorded figures of 4-62 as Roffey were reduced to 175-6 from 58 overs.
In reply, the game seemed finely balanced with Grinstead 75-3, but Adkin stuck in there to see his side home.
Having opened the batting, Adkin carried his bat for a match winning knock of 82, while he received able support from his skipper Norman, who scored 26 off 63 balls as Grinstead defied a rain delay to win by four wickets.
And they repeated the trick on Sunday, defeating Sussex Cricket Board Development XI at Saint Hill by eight wickets.
Norman won the toss and again put Grinstead's opponents in to bat, with leading wicket taker Hatchett doing the damage once more with 5-23 as the visitors were dismissed for 120.
Adkin (2-24) and Lee Granger (2-19) also chipped in with wickets, while Benjamin Davies took 1-3 from three overs.
In reply, openers Danny Irvine (57*) and Adkin (46) knocked off the runs as Grinstead sealed an eight-wicket win to move them up to fifth in the table.
East Grinstead's second XI also enjoyed a comprehensive 136-run win on Saturday against Cuckfield's second XI - a result that moves them to the top of the table.
Having been asked to bat, Grinstead fared well, with opener Taylor Bradley scoring 80 as his side made 203-5 from 51 overs.
Granger contributed 69, while Alex Evans, Alexander Norrington and Tom Haynes all reached double figure scores.
In reply, Alex Mason dismissed the dangerous Jeremy Crampton, and with George Brooke bowling his best spell of the season - taking 3-26 off 11 overs - wickets continued to tumble with Mason finishing with 3-29 off seven overs and Harry Dye polishing off the tail with 2-1.
Grinstead's third XI were also victorious against Staplefield.
Luke Boakes (4-17) ripped through the Staplefield top order, although a surprise decision saw the visitors declare on 52-8, thereby denying Grinstead maximum bowling points.
But Grinstead weren't to be denied the win, with the young side reaching their total for the loss of four wickets.
It was not such a good story for the fourth XI though.
They went down to Balcombe's second XI by 139 runs, after being dismissed for 118 in response to Balcombe's 257-7.
Balcombe's Shaun Gallagher scored a half century, while Tim Wilson (28) and Kurt Richardson (26) were the only players to offer any resistance for Grinstead.