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Winning Streak Ends!

11 months ago By Harri Kallas

1's lose close game at Dartford - 2's and 3's Keep Winning - Last Ball Heartache for 4's!

So Super 12 wasn't to be but after another enthralling weekend, all the sides had great games.

The 1st XI travelled to Darford in what was always going to be a stern test with Dartford having played in the Premier League last season and having already accounted for Bromley this season.

Winning the toss, Dartford asked Hayes to bat. Grant Sheen (4) became the first wicket to fall, accounted for by Dartford's Kent duo, Charlie Hartley and Callum Jackson.

Lewis Hickford (19), David Giles (27) and Hayden Walsh (10) were the only batsmen to hit double figures - other than starman Jamie Askew.

With wickets falling at an increasingly quick pace, Jamie played a majestic innings and his 84 runs - 9th man out - saw Hayes post a total of 171 and at least give the bowlers something to bowl at.

However Dartford soon took apart the Hayes opening bowlers and raced to 75 without loss. However the introduction of spin twins Rhys Morgan and Hayden Walsh saw a turnaround in Hayes fortunes.

Rhys (10-0-41-3) and Hayden (10-3-41-3) were soon in the wickets and with Grant (7-1-26-1) also picking up a wicket, Dartford began to creak - however with bowlers restricted to only 10 overs, Dartford had wickets in hand.

Stuart Eddicott picked up the 8th wicket at 155 but this was to be the last and Dartford sneaked home inflicting our first defeat of the season.

The 2nd XI entertained Bexleyheath with skipper Sam Davis eager to extend the winning run. Delighted at losing the toss, Sam set his sights on another 20 points!

With Andrew Eddciott (13-3-26-2) and Tom Davis (15-2-53-1) in imperious form it wasn't long before the previously undefeated Bexleyheath were in trouble.

Colin Couldrey (9-1-25-3) and Scott Gallagher (11-1-29-4) soon built on the openers good work and closed out Bexleyheath for 139.

With the wicket excellent it was down to the Hayes openers to pillage the Bexleyheath bowling and Sam Davis (38) and Scott Gallagher (59) delivered!

With Scott unluckily (in his view - ed) out, Martin Pratt (32*) and Tom Gallagher (9*) saw Hayes home in the 30th over for another comprehensive win.

The 3’s and 4’s had respective sides from Bromley as their opposition.

The 3’s travelled and Bromley batted first.

Some tight bowling by both Shahidul Chowdhury (10-3-33-2), Dammika Silva (8-1-40-2) skipper Jewel (10-0-56-2) saw Bromley restricted to 188 – 9 in their 40 overs.

Bromley matched the tight Hayes bowling however Delrick Adikari (84) and Shdihul (47) saw the score inch closer to the Bromley total.

With victory in site, Hayes proceeded to lose 3 quick wickets and it wasn’t until the last ball that victory was secured!

The 3’s emulate the 2’s in winning their first 3 games and head their league.

The 4’s were inserted by Bromley on The Meadow and having lost early wickets, it was left to young Joe Lambourne (66) and not so young Jeremy Browne (57) to rescue the innings.

However once they fell, the Bromley attack regained the initiative and Hayes were all out 173 with the last ball of the innings.

Bromley batted consistently and it wasn’t until the spin of Shrijeet Desai (10-0-46-5) was introduced that Hayes began to take wickets. 15 year old Shrijeet has the rare ability to bowl spin with his left arm and pace with his right!

The game went to the last ball but sadly – unlike the 3’s – the 4’s lost a tight game.
Sunday saw the Women travel to League Champions Finchley.

A young Hayes side struggled against the high quality of the Finchley attack, with only Grace Gibbs (25) and Chelsey Rowson (13) getting into double figures.

104 all out was unlikely to trouble Finchley but Hayes put up a decent fight with Ryana Macdonald-Gay (3-016-3) proving the pick of the bowling. Finchley eventually getting home with the loss of 5 wickets.

The Sunday Legends, now under the inspirational leadership of former skipper Peter Jones, had a fight on their hands, hosting Crusaders.

Crusaders were invited to bat first and amassed 157 – 9 in their allotted 40 overs. Tomas Gallagher (3-0-6-3) showing that he is more than a solid batsman.

Hayes suffered a big early loss as Club Secretary Sean Thisleton departed for a duck.

However, Tomas (66) Mark Trevatt (30) and Shrijeet Desai (27*) ensured Jonesey’s winning streak continues.

Well done to all the sides and the season holds plenty of promise!

Updated 12:11 - 26 May 2017 by Harri Kallas

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