Heathfield Park edge past total for first win double
HEATHFIELD Park captain Ian Long was pleased to see his side maintain a winning feeling after securing back-to-back victories for the first time this season.
Heathfield visited Ringmer on Saturday fresh from beating Iden the previous week.
And they made it two on the trot with a narrow one-wicket win on Saturday.
After winning the toss, Long decided to bowl first and he saw his side restrict their hosts to 193-6 from 50 overs, with Callum Matthews (2-15) and Piers Cowley (2-59) the pick of the bowlers.
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James Briggs and Daniel James also both picked up a wicket, but Long said his side were poor in the field.
He said: "We gave them a few runs in the field, which was disappointing.
"The bowling was okay, but it was a lack of concentration in the field that made it a more difficult target for us."
However, Long was pleased to see his side chase down the target of 194, particularly given their failings with the bat recently.
Openers Christian Hart (39no) and James Bentley (41) set Heathfield on their way with an opening stand of 76, before Bentley was dismissed and Hart had to go off injured soon after.
However, a captain's innings from Long got his side back on track, with the skipper scoring a quickfire 50 runs from 25 balls.
A late flurry of wickets threatened to scupper Heathfield's chances of a second success in a row, but Callum Matthews (21no) and the returning Hart saw their side home with one wicket to spare.
Long said: "All in all, it was a very good win.
"It was good to see us chase down the runs as no one has really been doing that.
"And but for the lack of concentration in the field, it was a very good performance."
Long added that he hoped his side could now maintain their good recent form, which has seen them surge up the table into fifth position.
He said: "We are now only a few points off third and it is good to get that winning feeling. It shows what a couple of wins can do in terms of jumping up the league and what was a second versus second bottom clash a couple of weeks ago is now mid-table."
Long was referring to his side's home clash with Buxted Park on Saturday, for which he hopes Heathfield will have an unchanged side, dependent on Hart overcoming an injury.