Lordswood were the visitors to Hayes on Saturday and with the side just one point behind the leaders, it was a crucial must-win game.
Skipper Beau Couldrey has become an expert in winning the toss and once again the opposition were invited to bat.
Stuart Eddicott and Will MacVicar have formed a formidable new ball partnership and once again – on a perfect batting track – they delivered.
10 overs, 1-45, identical figures for both as they managed to contain the attack and also take a crucial wicket each.
Connor Byrne and Andrew Eddicott gave strong support, with Connor taking a wicket, as the batsmen remained on top but weren’t getting away.
Scott Gallagher, with a broken knuckle, tried valiantly, but had to give up after 3 overs – Alex Blake then entered the attack and ensured the last 16 overs were bowled tightly as he took 2 wickets for 41.
Lordswood finished on 269-6, a large total but considering the conditions, it was a par score, and the Hayes side went into tea confident.
James Bamber is out injured so Fin Baker opened with Gareth Severin, and they successfully negotiated the opening attack but then both fell quickly to loose shots – Gareth making 27 and Fin 14.
This bought Will MacVicar and Alex Blake together and with the bowlers fired up having taken the openers, they both knuckled down and began to get on top of the bowling.
Will took the lead and when Alex fell for 44, they had put on a fine 124 run partnership and taken the target to under a 100.
Tomas Gallagher departed for 9 and this bought the skipper to the crease, and he kept the imperious Will MacVicar company as Will completed his 2nd century in 3 weeks – this time it proved to be match winning as Hayes romped home for the loss of only 4 wickets and with 3 overs left.
Will making a terrific 127* and Beau 29*
A superb win – made even more satisfying with news filtering trough that league leaders Minster, had lost.
Four weeks to go and Hayes now lead the Premier League.
There have been a few questions as to how Miguel Barbosa is recovering from his bicep operation – he’s in fine health and did make an appearance for the 2nd XI recently – he’s now decided that he will wait until next season before playing again – but he is making himself useful by scoring the 1st XI games!
The 2’s made the reverse journey and were invited to bat by the Lordswood skipper.
Skipper Sam Davis restored himself to the opening role and it proved a good choice as he and Liam Vallois put on 63 for the 1st wicket. Sam dismissed for 19 – a quick return to the hutch for the unlucky Liam Buttery, bought Alfie Peck to the crease.
A 78 run partnership ensued with Liam making a fine 68.
Sam Millard, a last-minute call up, then made a quick 15 as the middle order strove to keep Alfie company.
Alfie was dismissed for 62 towards the end of the innings, however Hayes made a creditable 216-8 in their allotted overs – Luca Baker hitting a 6 to finish the innings!
Lordswood are league leaders and proved to be a quality batting side and the Hayes opening bowlers toiled – although Tom Davis and Alfie Peck took a wicket each in their 2nd spells.
The change bowlers gave Hayes hope – Colin Couldrey (3-38) removing the top 3 in quick succession and with Johnny White (2-21) also taking 2, the hosts were on 84-5 and teetering.
Lordswood’s middle order then started to repair the damage and although 3 further wickets fell, they got home in the 46th over for the loss of 8 wickets.
A fighting Hayes performance against a strong Lordswood.
The 3’s made the long journey across Hayes to take on Ex Blues.
Inviting the hosts to bat first, the Hayes opening attack was soon amongst the wickets.
MD Belal is having a fine season and bowled a devastating spell of 9 overs, taking 4-6!
Opening partner Dipesh Joshi, took 1 wicket but his 5 over spell only went for 4 runs as the Hayes bowlers dominated.
Graeme Morrison then joined in as his 8.5 overs saw a magnificent return of 5-23 as Ex Blues were bowled out for 103 in 35 overs.
Matt Warne (21) and Dave Cross (23) got Hayes off to a fine start – however their dismissal saw a mini-collapse as 4 more wickets fell in quick succession.
Graeme Morrison (22*) and Simon Flinn (22*) ensured there were no more slip-ups as Hayes knocked of the runs in 25 overs.
With the league leaders match being abandoned, the 3’s move to the top of the league!
The 4’s hosted a strong Blackheath side who won the toss and elected to bat.
As we go to press the details of the fixture aren’t in yet, but we do Blackheath piled on the runs, making 203 all out in 39 overs.
The ruin-chase came to a speedy end as the 4’s were dismissed for 83 in the 23rd over.
More details on tomorrow’s Sunday Wrap!
The weather is set fair as the season reached it’s final 4 weeks and all to play for!
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