Saturday saw Sandwich make the journey from the coast as the 2nd XI visited Frinsbury and the 3’s and 4’s had home and away matches against Beckenham – Sunday seeing a trip to Wimbledon for the National Cup as the Legends hosted Old Elthamians – a busy weekend for the club!
Sandwich won the toss as stand-in skipper Alex Blake seems to have lost Beau’s touch in winning them!
Asked to bat, Hayes got off to a fast start as Gareth Severin took a liking to Sandwich’s Big Bash seamer. James Bamber looked in fine touch too before being trapped in front.
Miguel Barbosa helped Gareth take the score to 38 before disaster struck and Gareth was run-out for 25.
Alex and Migs batted soundly but at 63, Migs offered a catch that was gratefully accepted, and then Hayes lost 3 more wickets with the addition of 1 run – 64-6 and in trouble.
A brave knock from Alfie Peck (20) as he and Alex attempted to repair the damage, moving the core to 130. However another batting collapse saw the innings come to a crashing close at 140.
Sandwich had little trouble knocking off the required runs, for the loss of 2 wickets and a comprehensive win.
The delightful countryside seeing of Frindsbury welcomed the 2nd XI and with skipper Grant Sheen away, Colin Couldrey skippered the side and was invited to bowl first.
A fast start by the openers was curtailed by the introduction of Dammika Silva and Tom Davis into the attack – Dammika bowled a tight spell and Tom picked up the openers, both falling LBW.
Drinks saw Hayes in a strong position but after drinks Frindsbury took the initiative and began to pile on the runs – Tom Davis with 3 wickets and Luxan Sureshan with 2 were the main wicket takers although Dammika only conceded 25 runs in his 10 overs.
Liam Vallois (21) got the reply off to a good start but with 2 wickets falling with the score on 26 and Liam at 41, Hayes were struggling with the score on 51-4.
A 49-run partnership form Colin Couldrey (30) and Luxan (33) was brought to an end on 100 and despite some resistance from Johnny White (13) and Dammika (12), wickets continued to tumble and Hayes were dismissed for 153.
The 3’s made the short journey to The Warren to play Beckenham. The home side choosing to bat first.
Despite a spirited attempt by the Hayes bowlers – 3 wickets for Graeme Morrison, 2 for Matt Warne and 1 each for Will Hadley, Ollie Molsher and MD Belal – the home side No 3 made an undefeated century.
Beckenham finished on 200-8 in their 40 overs.
Batting proved to be a problem for all the sides on Saturday and despite an excellent 51 from Jesse Rowson, wickets fell regularly, and the reply finished on 113 and a tough day foe the 3’s.
The 4’s hosted Beckenham on The Meadow and were invited to bat first.
Once again batting proved the issue as the first 5 bats only score 8 runs between them.
Ronnie Buddin (16), Zoe Hainsworth (29), Alex Stirling (21) and Dipesh Joshi (48) put some respectability on the score as the innings finished on 131.
Despite some tight bowling by Dipesh and Zoe – a wicket each for Dipesh and Ben Manners – Beckenham comfortably got over the line in the 31st over.
Sunday saw the 1st XI travel to Surrey Champions, Wimbledon in the National Cup and looking to bounce back from a disappointing Saturday.
Alex Blake won the toss and reverted to the usual tactic of bowling first.
The home team openers got off to a fast start but with the score on 34, Connor Byrne solicited an edge and Liam Buttery snaffled. Andrew Eddicott then repeated the trick and Wimbledon were on 48-2.
The introduction of Tom Davis saw 2 wickets fall and the run-rate slowed down as the bowlers began to dominate.
Connor continued to bowl well and finished with 3 wickets as the Wimbledon innings closed on 176-9.
A great performance in the field – tight bowling and great catching – all that was needed was a good batting performance.
Gareth Severin and Miguel Barbosa soon took the attack to the bowlers and brilliant 61 run partnership was brought to an end when Migs was adjudged LBW, having scored a fine 33.
Finn Baker looked solid until he edged behind, but this saw Alex Blake stride to the wicket and begin to show his class.
Gareth fell with the score on 121 having scored a terrific 53.
Rory Low then entered the fray and kept Alex company until Alex fell on 148 after a great 40.
Liam Buttery and Rory proved to be the closers as Hayes sauntered home in the 38th over – Rory 24* and Liam 14*.
A terrific win – Wimbledon not only won the Surrey Premiership in 2022 but also the emulated Hayes in winning the T20 championship.
The Wimbledon ground is across the road from the Tennis Championships, and they have a stunning ground and clubhouse – they made the travelling Hayes supporters most welcome!
An away tie against Saturday’s victors Sandwich awaits – June 18th as Hayes are now in the final 32 nationally!
Hopefully Sundays win will see the side bounce back when they visit Bexley next Saturday.
The Legends were in action at Hayes, but details of their result hasn’t yet been reported.
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