Sunday saw the Women travel to Canterbury and elected to bat first.
The opening bats fell early but this brought together Alexa Stonehouse – fresh from her England Call-Up – and in form Zoe Hainsworth.
They proceeded to put on a 115-run partnership before Zoe was out for 35, the old adage of “one buys two” saw Alexa out shortly after for a fine 62.
Skipper Lottie Hayward (24) ensured that Hayes would obtain a healthy total – Beth Egan chipping in with 14 as the Hayes innings came to a close on 208-6.
Canterbury’s opening bats were both dismissed for 9 – a caught & bowled from Rosie Murray quickly followed up with a run-out by Zoe.
Similar to the Hayes innings, the 3 & 4 batted excellently and it wasn’t until the score reached 167 that Hayes managed to get another wicket. 5 wickets then fell for 33 runs as Canterbury fell behind the required rate – but with Molly Davis undefeated on 97, they got home in the final over to claim a tight win.
Rosie finished with 3-22 in her 8 overs to be the pick of the bowlers – 2 wickets for Zeena Bilal too.
Hayes remain top of the league, with Canterbury pushing them.
The Development side were back in action, travelling the short distance to Bromley.
Bromley invited Hayes to bat and similar to the women, both openers were dismissed early, scoring the 1 run each.
However, this then brought Alfie Peck to the crease and he continued to show what a fine prospect he is, scoring a fine 52.
Jo Cotton has sadly been lost to cricket as he continues to represent England Hockey, but he was available on Sunday and proved how adept he is at most sports, scoring 32.
Lucca Baker also showed good form with 23 as the Hayes innings closed on 183-9 in the 40 overs.
Bromley got off to a solid start before Fin & Lucca Baker struck, removing both openers with the score on 38.
With wickets falling steadily, Hayes looked in command with the score on 93-7. Wickets were shared around with Connor Byrne, Zach Downey, Samuel Carter and Alfie Peck claiming 1 each.
However, Fin Baker’s spin accounted for 4 Bromley bats and an excellent final over, bowled by Alfie Peck, gave Hayes the narrowest of wins – 3 runs deciding the match.
After 4 matches it’s tight at the top of the table, Hayes Bexley, Bromley and Bexleyheath all on 12 points, having only lost 1 game.
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