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Blackheath were the visitors on Saturday as the 1st XI looked to avenge the 2 defeats we had against them in our Premier League winning campaign.

With Beau Couldrey still injured, Alex Blake continued skippering and had no hesitation in inviting the visitors to bat first.

Alex was soon in the game as an attempted quick single to him proved foolish and one of the opening bats was run out without facing.

Stuart Eddicott ensured the other opener wouldn’t make amends for his foolish run by cleaning out his stumps and at 7-2, Hayes were buoyant.

Blackheath then responded and their middle order batted them back into the match – Joe Cotton getting the vital breakthrough with the score on 86. 

Scott Gallagher added 2 more wickets and at 121-5, Hayes were amongst the tail.

However, a fine 80* from Matthew Golding saw Blackheath push-on and despite some resilient bowling from Scott & Andrew Eddicott, a score of 239-7 looked competitive.

In reply, Gareth Severin and Miguel Barbosa opened the innings and the score was 60 before Gareth feathered one behind for 37.

Will MacVicar fell with 11 his name but this brought Alex Blake to the crease – Migs being in fine form before chipping to mid-wicket for 43. 

Rory Low, Tom Gallagher and Lian Buttery all got into double-figures before falling – Tom to a stunning caught & bowled.

At 197-5 Hayes looked in control but then nerves crept in as Alex fell for 47 and suddenly it was 210-7.

Stuart Eddicott joined Scott Gallagher at the crease and with the run-rate increasing, a typical Stuart innings was needed.

Stuart made Blackheath pay for dropping a simple catch as he powered the next ball for 6 and suddenly the run rate was slashed as Stuart opened up.

The last over commenced and Hayes needed 2 to win with 3 wickets left – but Stuart was at the bowlers end.

Scott tried to bludgeon the first ball for a game winning boundary but only succeeded in getting caught.  Joe Cotton also tried to hit his first 2 balls and not succeeding – his 3rd ball bringing the stumps out of the ground.

So, with 2 needed from 2 Andrew Eddicott strode to the crease and the tension amongst a good watching crowd was visible.

The Blackheath opener tore in, let fly and Andy was hit on the pads – a huge appeal from the Heath and all eyes on the Umpire – Not Out – and then a realisation dawned that the ball had gone for 4 leg-byes and a Hayes win!

Cue the Celebrations as Hayes win their first game of the season.

The 2’s visited Kent’s Training ground in Canterbury and were invited to bowl first.

Canterbury, having been rolled for 94 the previous week, looked to bounce-back and they certainly did.

Grant Sheen took 3 wickets and Tom Davis 2, as the bowlers had to ride an onslaught from the Canterbury No 3 – a fine innings of 186 not out saw the home side post a terrific 345-6 in their 50 overs.

Sadly, the time in the field took its toll on the Hayes batting – despite a resilient 67 from Alfie Peck, 30 from Grant and 23 from Fin Baker, the innings crumbled to 180 all out.

The 3rd XI visited our friends at Orpington and elected to bat first.

Keith Jackson (29) and Marc Wheatley (43) got the innings off to a fine start after the loss of an early wicket.

Sam Millard (26) and a fine 64 from skipper Leo Webster saw the Hayes score reach 227-9 in their 40 overs.

Orpington were soon thwarted by some fine Hayes bowling – Will Hadley with 2 wickets being usurped by MD Belal taking 3-18 in 9 overs.

Graeme Morrison joined in the fun with a miserly spell of 1-6 in 5 overs as Ben Manners and Keith Jackson helped themselves to a wicket each.

The Orpington reply finishing on 142 all out and a fine win for Hayes.

The 4’s had a walk-over with Dartfordians being unable to raise a side.

Sunday saw the Women host Bexley in their latest T20 match and looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat at Dulwich.

Bexley opted to bat first and were soon in trouble as Alexa Stonehouse and Lucia Philpott bowled well, both taking a wicket each.

Ryana Macdonald-Gay was the pick of the bowling with 1-9 in her 4 overs although Jessica Matthews ran her close with 0-8 in her spell.

Esha Gill took 2 wickets and Bexley were restricted to 76-6.

Hayes cruised home in the 9th over with Emily Barrett 26* and Alexa 11* – Ryana being the only bat to be dismissed for 28.

A fine win, taking Hayes to 3rd in the table.

The men began the defence of their T20 with a round-robin at Holmesdale, featuring Kings Hill as well.

Hayes first match was against Kings Hill – our first ever meeting. 

Kings Hill showed they were going to be no pushovers with a fine 176-6 – Stuart Eddicott and Joe Cotton taking 2 wickets each.

Hayes made an inauspicious start as Gareth Severin followed up a huge 6 by lobbing a full toss to mid-off next ball.

Alex Blake also opened, and he soon began to take the bowling apart – assisted by James Bamber (23) and Tom Gallagher (14), Alex made a stunning 108* in only 45 balls as Hayes cruised home in the 17th over.

The 2nd game followed immediately after and Hayes were invited to bowl first against fellow Premier League Club and hosts, Holmesdale.

Scott Gallagher, Alfie Peck, Gareth Severin, Finn Baker and Alex then held 5 stunning catches as the hosts top order were dispatched for 38.

Fine bowling from Scott, Alfie & Finn coupled with Stuart Eddicott also taking a couple of wickets, saw the home side all-out for 103.

The Hayes reply got off to a horrible start as Gareth Severin’s first ball jumped up at him and he could only offer a simple catch.

James Bamber followed soon after, but Tom Gallagher (19) and Alex Blake (38) got Hayes to 68 before both fell.

Rory Low (11) and Finn Baker (14) saw Hayes home with no further problem.

A place in the Quarter Final now awaits.

A fine weekend for the club and next weekend see’s the next round of the National Cup in Sandwich – book your seat on the coach!

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