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Super 8

11 months ago By Harri Kallas

Hayes Go 8 - 0 in last 2 weeks with all sides winning again!

The impressive start to the season continues and the work at the club over the winter seems to have carried on onto the season with all sides recording wins - the Hayes history book being re-written!

Simon Routh's 1st XI entertained Canterbury, who also won last weekend. Simon won the toss and chose to bat and the Hayes batsmen were soon struggling on a cloudy day which seemed to make the ball swing.

Opener Lewis Hickford fell for a duck and with Jamie Askew picking up a Golden Duck, Hayes were soon struggling on 5-2.

However fellow opener Grant Sheen (39), using all his experience, steadied the innings until he was out at 98 - 6. Last weeks centurion, Hayden Walsh also succumbing to a fired up Canterbury attack.

Some middle order resistance from James Bamber (18), David Giles (16), Connor Byrne (17) and Simon Routh (10) saw Hayes over the hundred mark.

With Canterbury chipping in with 35 extra's, Hayes finished on 148 all out.

Tea was a quiet affair, however with the ball swinging there was still some hope that early wickets would put pressure on the Canterbury batting.

Connor Byrne and Stuart Eddicott immediately took the game to Canterbury, removing both openers quickly and tearing into their middle order.

Stuart (5-1-14-2) moved the ball well up the hill and it was left to Connor Byrne (10-1-33-7) to take apart the Canterbury batting.

Rhys Morgan picked up the final wicket, with Canterbury being bowled out for 69 in the 20th over.

An amazing game and a stunning win - the second exciting finish in as many weeks.

Connor Byrne's figures will have the Hayes historians searching the record books but probably the most devastating spell from a young wicket bowler in many a season!

Sam Davis took the 2nd XI to Gravesend and was also lucky with the toss and also elected to bat. Last weeks centurion, Scott Gallagher, kept his place as an opener and along with the skipper, ensured Hayes had a steady start.

Scott (25) departed and this brought Martin Pratt (86) to the wicket and with the Sam falling for 43 the onus fell on Martin to keep the score ticking over - the returning Chris Harden (23), Liam Buttery (26*) and Joel Couldrey (12*) helped ensure Hayes posted 228 - 6 in their allotted 50 overs.

Andrew Eddicott (11-2-51-4) proved a handful in his opening spell, removing the first 4 batsmen, ensuring Gravesend were soon in trouble. Despite some later order resilience, Tom Davis (15-3-45-4) ensured Hayes would cruise to a dominant 56 victory.

The 3's entertained Roan & Lambethians on The Meadow, Jewel losing the toss and being asked to bowl.

A couple of early wickets from Shahidul Chowdhury (8-1-46-3) and Kevin Coates (7-0-23-1) saw Hayes get off to a good start and with skipper Akhlakunnobi Jewel (7-1-16-2) bowling tightly, Hayes restricted Roan to 152, bowling them out in the last over.

Despite losing opener Ramiro Rajkumar (0) early, Delrick Adikari (51) and Shakil Bhuiyan (42) stabilised the innings and broke the back of the run chase.

With Shahidul chipping in with 24, Hayes cruised to a 4 wicket win with 4 overs to spare.

Sam Millard donned to gloves as the 4th XI travelled to local rivals Old Wilsonians. A feature of the 4's early season games has been the fact that they have played against 3rd XI's and Saturday was no exception.

Sam won the toss and elected to bowl first.

The 4 pronged bowling attack of Leo Webster (10-1-36-1), William Hadley (10-0-39-3), Colin Couldrey (10-1-33-2) and Graeme Morrison (10-0-35-2) bowled tightly and limited OW's to 150-8 in their 40 overs.

Peter Jones (56) and young Shrijeet Desai (77*) backed up the bowling excellently and ensured their would be no slip up in chasing and Hayes cruised home in the 27th over - Jonesy falling just on the cusp of victory!

Stunning start to the season from all the sides and the crowds are sure to flock to the Home of Cricket to see the run continue!

Updated 08:50 - 19 May 2017 by Harri Kallas

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