Isfield Cricket Club 1st XI 117 for 8 (G. Parker 3-34, W. Khan 2-27) lost to St Peters Cricket Club 2nd XI 120 for 3 (J. Wilson 50*, A. Saleem 31*) by 7 wicketsScorecard
A strong Second XI travelled to The Gudges for a game against Isfield to open up their account for the summer. Newly appointed skipper Jordan Wilson in his second spell in charge got off to a good start by calling correctly and winning the toss. He chose to bowl first.
The new ball pair of Ali Saleem and Wazir Khan got us off to a great start neither straying for their accurate lines making it very hard for the Isfield openers to make any headway. Ali made the initial breakthrough before Wazir joined in on the act in a 20 over new ball spell. Aaron Andrews replaced Wazir coming down the hill and bowled at a good pace which didn't allow the batsman any time to attack with Graham Parker bowling very economically from the other end. Aaron only ended up going for 7 runs in his 7 overs taking one wicket and Graham did the damage from the other end ending up with figures of 3 for 34 off of his 13 overs. The ground fielding was very good with the majority of shots cut off in before it cost past the infield and Isfield were limited to 117 for 8 off of their allocation of 48 overs on what looked like a very good wicket.
The Saints reply got off to a shaky start losing Greg to the last ball of what looked to be a very decent first over from Stef Halsey, and the returning Jason Bristow at the end of the second after a nice lofted cover drive for four. That left Ali and Bryan Hilton the task of rebuilding the innings and prevent any further damage and they managed that with Hilton scoring 27 off 22 balls before a disasterous bit of running which bought the skipper to the crease. Jordan set about his business putting away anything in his slot including a hooked six off the tall opening bowler whilst Ali went about his business in his calmly fashion accumalating a tidy 31*. Needing one run to win and on 46 Jordan hit the winning boundary taking the Saints passed the winning line and achieving his first well deserved milestone of the season.
A very comprehensive start to the season and we will look to continue in a similar vain in our first home game of the season next week against Lewes Priory.