Weekend Wrap - Week 19

Weekend Wrap - Week 19

By Harri Kallas
10th September
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League Season Finishes

The 1st XI entertained Upchurch in a match that had nothing riding on it for Hayes, but one that Upchurch needed to win to maintain their league status.

Batting first a steady start by Scott Gallagher (17) and Liam Buttery (10) changed with the change of bowling as Upchurch took 4 wickets quickly leaving Hayes on 44-4.

Rory Low (56) and Tomas Gallagher (37) added some stability to the innings and with Grant Sheen scoring 17, the innings finished on 171.

Hayes took a couple of early wickets but the Upchurch desire to avoid relegation was to be the deciding factor as they cruised home in the 42nd over for the loss of 5 wickets and with Tenterden losing, they avoided relegation.

The 1st XI had a succesful season - the target, having been promoted last season, was to maintain our place in the league and this was accomplished easily - performances tailed off as the season wore on but the success of the youngsters was a continuing highlight as the season progressed.

The 2's made the long journey to Sandwich, with their place in the Premier League already secured.

Also batting first, Sam Davis anchored the innings much in the same style as he has all season.

With wickets falling around him - Martin Pratt (29) Russell Frampton (11) and Dammika Silva (14) offered support - Sam remained resolute and was unlucky to finish 3 runs short of century. It was though a performance that ensured he won the batting award for the Premier League with 641 runs for the season - a magnificent performance especially considering he also captains the side and is Chairman of Cricket.

The Hayes innings closed on 190-8 and with the home side 2 down early it looked competitive.

However Sandwich showed their class by only losing 1 more wicket as they cruised home in the 43rd over - they are the league champions so it was a good performance by Hayes and the end of a great season. Comfortably retaining their Premier League status.

The 3's had an outside chance of avoiding relegation as they travelled to Shooters Hill.

Batting first a great 68 from Muzzammal Salman was the highlight in a low scoring match - Maruf Hasan with 29 and Ramiro Rajkumar (21) also chipped in. However the innings finished in the 33rd over as Hayes were bowled out for 160.

The bowlers than took control as Shooters Hill were dismissed for 89 - skipper Jewel being the star with 4 wickets and MD Belal taking 2.

Other results went against the side though and they were relegated by the narrow margin of 3 points.

Sunday saw the Legends travel to Downe. Batting first Sean Thisleton (74) led the way and there were also good knocks from Ethan Coates (35) Matthew Marriott (30*) and Dave Hancock (28*) as Hayes posted 218-7 in their 35 overs.

Sujal Sai and Peter Jones were the only successful bowlers as Downe's batsmen took to the late summer sunshine in only losing 2 wickets as they made the runs in 34 overs.

The U19's appeared in the Kent T20 FInals Day at The Mote and a report will follow!

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