12 weeks into the season and Hayes welcomed Minster, who were promoted along with us from Division 1 last season.
Minster have chosen a different pathway to reach the top – all the players are imported and paid and they have current and ex county players on tap. It was great to see the likes of Irvine, Masters Brothers, Nijjar et al come to Hayes for a stern test of our capabilities.
With Hayes featuring 8 players who have come through our junior set-up, it was a proud day for the club.
Minster lost the toss and as has been Beau’s want, Hayes invited Minster to bat.
On a baking day with the pitch looking stunning – Jon’s efforts have earned him the accolade of “best pitch” – the outfield was lightning fast and a good crowd in attendance, the Hayes opening bowlers, Will MacVicar and Stuart Eddicott, found some early movement. Will & Stu were to feature heavily later in the game too.
Former Hampshire & Zimbabwe star, Sean Irvine, fell to a catch behind from Stuart’s bowling as both Will & Stuart kept a tight reign on the batting during the first power play.
Connor Byrne joined the attack and struck immediately – Stuart bowled his 10 overs straight and took a second wicket, leaving Minster at 65-3. An impressive 10 overs, 2-32 from Stuart.
Minster then put on a 108-run partnership as the batsmen began to get on top.
Alex Blake put the stop on an accelerating run rate with only 43 coming from his 10 overs.
Beau broke the partnership and Connor took a second wicket, however runs were flowing on a quick outfield and after the 50 overs had been bowled the visitors had amassed 285-6. Scott Gallagher also picking up wicket.
Needing to get off to a fast start, the Hayes openers got to 34 quickly before 4 wickets fell for 31 runs, including the crucial wicket of last week’s centurion, Alex Blake.
Will MacVicar was holding firm and Rory Low (13) offered some support, but Will was running out of partners as a procession of wickets left Hayes on 149-8.
Connor Byrne (14) helped move the score to 174 and his demise brought Stuart Eddicott to the crease.
Will & Stuart then took the game to Minster with some powerful hitting – Stu hitting 4 sixes in a mouth-watering innings of 42 that came to an end with the last ball of the innings.
Will in the meantime hit 12 fours and 2 sixes as he finished on 115 not out – a last wicket partnership of 93 took Hayes within 18 runs of the Minster total.
A close game, played in great spirit and Hayes unluckily just fell short as Minster avenged the defeat earlier in the season and replaced Hayes at the top of the league – 6 games to play so hope for Hayes!
The 2’s travelled to Old Colfeians and elected to bat first.
Liam Vallois fell early, but Grant Sheen and Finlay Baker moved the score to 80 before Fin fell for a good 32.
Grant continued his fine form, making 63 before being run-out. Alfie Peck (39) and skipper Sam Davis (57*) took the score over 200 before Miguel Barbosa, returning from injury, scored a fine unbeaten 46 as Hayes finished on 273-5.
Ashley Quayle opened the bowling for Hayes and a fine return of 3-41 form his 10 overs got Hayes off to a fine start. Grant Sheen with 1-26 in his 10 also starred with the ball but a lack of support from the other bowlers allowed the home side to pick up runs.
Hayes looked favourites with 10 overs to go but the Old Colfs batting fired and they got home with an over to spare.
The 3’s travelled to Sidcup and scant details available – Hayes won the toss, invited Sidcup to bat and skittled them for 104.
MD Belal was the star of the show with a scintillating 7-10!
Sam Millard with 48 ensured that there was no way back into the game for the home side as Hayes smashed the runs in 17 overs for an 8 wicket win!
Batting first, the Browne Twins were amongst the runs again. A 75 run opening partnership was broken with Jeremy falling for 25 – Marcus going onto make 65.
After a fine start, wickets then began to fall steadily – Simon Flinn with 15 and Graeme Morrison (27) gave the innings some much needed impetus, but Hayes were bowled out for 181.
With a fast outfield, a par score looked to be around 200 so the bowlers would have to work hard if Hayes were to win.
Bexley got off to a similar start to Hayes and chalked up 78 before Ben Manners (9-0-25-1) struck – this precipitated a collapse as Graeme Morrison followed up his fine batting with a tidy 9 over spell, grabbing 3 wickets for a miserly 31.
Hayes bowled tidily as the remaining batsmen struggled to find the boundary – Jeremy and Joe Lambourne also bowling tight spells.
With wickets in hand the Bexley score stuttered to 176 in their 40 overs and a tight 5 run win for Hayes.
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