Weekend Wrap - Week 14

Weekend Wrap - Week 14

By Harri Kallas
6 August
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Sun Shines But Saturday Blank - Sunday Joy!

The Sun made a welcome Saturday comeback!

The 1st XI hosted Broadstairs and were looking to pick up from the recent defeat to Bromley.

Skipper Beau Couldrey elected to bat but were soon in trouble at 55-5.

Beau (27), Rory Low (22), Connor Daniels (20), David Giles (16) helped push the score to 144 and give the bowlers something to aim at.

Early wickets for David (4/23) gave Hayes hope but with the Broadstairs overseas scoring well, Scott Gallagher with 3 wickets chipped in.

However the Hayes attack fell just short as the opposition got home with 2 wickets to spare.

The 2's travelled to Sevenoaks Vine, who batted first.

The Vine is a delightful ground but the Hayes attack didn't have much chance to enjoy the surroundings as Sevenoaks piled on the runs, finishing on 358-5.

With keeper Adam Greenway getting injured early, Hayes used 3 keepers during the innings.

In reply Hayes lost early wickets but Finlay Baker batted magnificently and took the fight to the opposition, scoring 110.

Sadly no-one could stay with him for too long - Joseph Cotton (22) Colin Couldrey and Leo Webster (15) being the only other batsmen getting on to double figures as Hayes crashed to a 159 run defeat.

The 3's hosted Sherwood on The Meadow.

Sherwood batted first and amasses 270-7 in their 45 overs. Skipper Jewel being the pick of the bowlers with 2/37.

In response, Maksud Ahmed (34),Ramiro Rajkumar (36) and Shahidul Chowdhury (48) gave Hayes hope but with wickets steadily falling, the Hayes innings finished on 213 in the final over.

The 4th XI travelled to Sidcup and asked the opposition to bat first.

Once again the Hayes bowlers found the going tough - Sujal Sai with 3 wickets was the pick of the bowling as Sidcup set Hayes 241 to win.

Skipper Sam Millard (31) and Jeremy Browne (43) got Hayes off to a fine start but with 3 wickets falling in quick succession, Marc Wheatley (24) and Steve Cotton (19) tried to rescue the innings but with only Russel Frampton (15) and Graeme Morrison (17) getting on to double figures, the innings petered out at 181.

Sunday saw the Women entertain Harold Wood on The Meadow.

Bowling first, Hayes were soon amongst the wickets.

Ryana Macdonald-Gay with 2/14 and Lottie Hayward 3/5 tore through the batting and Harold Wood succumbed to 69 all out.

Hayes made short work of chasing down the runs - skipper Tansi Price (21*) and Jemima Ringham (27*) recovering from losing the openers cheaply to see Hayes home comfortably.

The Development side hosted Bexley and were looking to bounce back having lost on the last ball in the last two weeks - one of which being to Bexley.

As in the first game played out between the two sides this year, the game went down to the final ball. Bexley were victors in the first instance, but last over heroics from young Joseph Cotton ensured Hayes took the points on this occasion.

With the wicket dry and dusty – owing to an absence of rain – skipper Liam Buttery won the toss and opted to bat. Josh Pratt (16) and Rory Low (30) got the Hayes innings off to a steady start. Patience, though, was the order of the day, with the wicket offering great assistance to Bexley’s three spinners.

The skipper made his way to 50, and was ably supported by Lewis Thisleton and Marc Wheatley, both scoring 23 apiece to see the Hayes total up to 180-7 from their 35 overs.

Fortunately, Mr Extras was available this week and contributed a welcome 25 runs.

With the pitch offering turn, Hayes opened with the spin of Finlay Baker, who delivered a dangerous spell to Bexley’s two left-handed batsmen at the top of the order.

From the other end, Jacob Marlow found great rhythm bowling down the hill, and he can feel rightly aggrieved to have gone wicket-less in his seven overs, which conceded just 22 runs.

The breakthrough came, though, in the form of some Will Hadley magic in the field with a superb direct hit. Having done the damage in the field, Will then returned tidy figures of 2-31, bowling the tight off stump line that the pitch demanded.

Scott Gallagher offered valuable support in controlling the scoreboard from the other end and, as the death approached, Luxan Sureshan appeared set to continue his form with the ball. Alas, it was not to be for Luxan, who took a heavy blow to the knee from a ball driven back at him whilst he was completing his follow through.

With Bexley keeping wickets in hand, the pressure was on to defend the runs with a relatively short boundary one side and a lightning quick outfield.

Joe Cotton embraced the challenge with gusto, bowling both over and around the wicket, varying his length and pace expertly.

With Bexley needing seven from two balls, their skipper connected with a ball just outside off stump and the ball pierced the off-side field to reach the boundary.

Joe, full of assurance, ran in to bowl the final ball. A perfect slower ball followed: the Bexley batsman swung, missed, and the ball clattered into his middle stump, giving Hayes a two run victory in a game that was played in excellent spirit.

The win also marked the third consecutive Development fixture to go down to the final delivery, and the first of which Hayes have come out on top.

So the Sunday sides saved the weekend!

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