Upchurch dominated our league last year and we joined them in promotion to Division 1 so it was an eagerly awaited clash as we travelled to complete the first half of the season.
Beau Couldrey called wrong but surprisingly we were asked to bat.
A steady start with Aaron Yabsley (22) and Liam Buttery (23) putting on 44 for the first wicket, but with Aarons wicket falling, 2 more fell quickly and at 52-3 it was the returning Tomas Gallagher and Joel Coudrey who pushed on.
Tomas fell for 32 but Joel got good support from Beau (28) and David Giles (28).
Joel batted through to the end and with Connor Byrne also offering support, the Hayes innings closed on 232 in the final over with Joel undefeated on 65.
An early wicket for Stuart Eddicott (2/25) set the standard for the Hayes bowling and with only the Upchurch overseas offering any resistance, Scott Gallagher with 4/32 and Beau (2/32) ensured a comprehensive Hayes win over last years champions.
Jacob Marlow and Connor also taking a wicket each as Hayes capitalised on leaders Bromley losing.
As half way, Hayes remain 2nd but with only 13 points separating the top 5. everything still to play for in the second half.
The 2's elected to bat first against Sandwich and opener Sam Davis with Martin Pratt, looked to recover from losing an early wicket.
Sam has been in great form this season and scored a splendid 68 before running himself out.
Martin now ably supported by Rory Low continued to play immaculately and rolled back the years in scoring a terrific 123 - a double celebration with his son Josh celebrating his 21st Birthday that day!
Rory finished unbeaten on 58 and with Adam Greenway 15 not out, Hayes only lost 3 wickets in amassing 289 in their 50 overs.
Sandwich lost early wickets with Andrew Eddicott (3/30) bowling an excellent 10 over spell.
Some middle order resistance was snuffed out by Dammika Silva (2/47) and Ashley Quayle (1/37) and with Alfie Peck and Rory picking up a wicket each, it was left to Colin Couldrey to finish with 2 wickets in the final over as Hayes cruised to a fine victory.
The 3's hosted Shooter Hill on The Meadow.
Losing the toss they were invited to bat and a magnificent 100* from Maksud Ahmed, ably supported by 51 from Ramiro Rajkumar saw Hayes post 212-6 in their allotted 45 overs.
Shooters Hill are a 1st XI side and proved to be resilient with the bat - Jewel with 3/39 and MD Belal (2/38) tried to put the brakes on the opposition scoring but they got home in the 43rd over for the loss of 8 wickets.
The 4's travelled to local neighbours Roebucks and soon had the home side in trouble at 54/6 - Kevin Coates 4/17 and Will Hadley 2/26 tearing the batting apart.
Some middle order resistance saw Roebucks get to 143 before the final wicket fell.
Looking to get off to a fast start, skipper Sam Millard opened the innings with Jeremy Browne (25) and it proved an inspirational piece of captaincy.
Steve Cotton (34) also chipped in but the day belonged to Sam as he battered the Roebucks bowling before falling before the end with a career high score of 71 and a comprehensive win for the side.
Sunday saw Earlswood Strollers visit.
Hayes batted first and Marc Wheatley (42) and Alfie Peck (33) opened the innings and with Peter Jones (26) also amongst the runs, it was left to skipper Sean Thisleton to top score with 45 not out as Hayes amassed 197-9 in their 40 overs.
Another highlight being young Ethan Coates outscoring his father Kevin!
Sujal Sai with 3/16 and Alfie 2/19 proved the pick of the bowling as The Legends bowled them selves to victory in 39 overs - the bowling award in the Coates family was shared with a wicket each!
Another fine weekend at Hayes and with the League season as the half-way stage all sides have plenty to play for.
Updated 09:11 - 14 Jul 2019 by Harri Kallas