Ansty begin their league season with two wins and a loss

A minute's silence for Matt Hobden held by Glynde and Beddingham II and Ansty II
A minute's silence for Matt Hobden held by Glynde and Beddingham II and Ansty II

Ansty began their league season with two wins, a loss and a match conceded by Roffey.

1st XI

Ansty's Sam Palser

Ansty's Sam Palser

The 1st XI lost the toss and were asked to bat first at Three Bridges.

Harry Towler and James Whybrow opened and saw the score to 56 before Whybrow was caught for 31. Towler went soon after for 22 and the score at 68. New signing Lucas Barker looked useful for his 11 but top scorer was Jethro Menzies with 37.

Leo Anderson scored 17 before being bowled and Sam Palser was not out 11 at the fall of the last wicket with the total on a rather disappointing 148 after the start they had. Mike Rose and Victor Davies picked up 4 wickets each for the home side.

Three Bridges reply started poorly, losing two wicket with the score on three. Two more fell at 32 but Dan Alderman (27) was holding the innings together. However Alderman fell, caught off the bowling of overseas player Jake Wilson before a short rally to see the score rise to 69-6. Another two wickets fell at the same score, 79, before Sam Palser mopped up the tail finishing with 5-13 off 3.5 overs. Wilson ended his first spell for Ansty with 4-53.

2nd XI

The 2nd XI needing to start the season well, with the changes to the league setup next season, won the toss and asked the visitors, Glynde & Beddingham to bat first. Prior to the innings starting both teams held a minutes silence for Mathew Hobden who had played for Glynde & Beddingham previously.

Ansty’s bowling, strengthened from last year, were on top with just four of the visitors batsmen in double figures. The main destroyer was James Wilson, no relation to the first team Wilson, taking 6-30 off his 18 overs. Glynde’s skipper David Clark top scored opening the innings with 27, with Charlie Silvester (23), Michael Carey (19) and later in the innings Garry Cox (15no) the other three with double figures. Tom Hadfield and Stephen Rusling each took two wickets.

Megan Janman and Stephen Rusling began the home sides batting and saw the score to 40 before Janman fell to Peter Barron for 18. Rusling departed for 37 with the score 63 in the 14th over. Tommy Green (19no) and Jake Brooks (56no) then rattled up a partnership of 75 to see Ansty home by 8 wickets. Garry Cox took the 2nd wicket.

3rd XI

Tom Smith top scored for Ansty in their defeat away to St James Montefiore.

With the top order unable to cope with the home sides bowling Ansty found themselves at 23-4 and could not regain the initiative. Smith scored 36 but with only two other batsmen in double figures, Luke Wood (11) and Dom Mamoany(10), Ansty’s innings ended on 87 all out. For the home side Jake Smith took 5-35 with two wickets apiece for Justin Hall and Dale Stevenson.

The result did not look in doubt as St James began knocking off the runs. However the first wicket fell before a run was added but Owen May struck 46 before being bowled by Charlie Layton and Jake Smith was 24no as the home side easily overtook the score that Ansty had set. Layton took 3-11.

4th XI

The 4th XI match was conceded by Roffey who were unable to raise a team.

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