Crows sitting pretty after fine win

Colin Ayres on his way to 47 in Park's win over Ansty
Colin Ayres on his way to 47 in Park's win over Ansty

CROWHURST Park have reclaimed top spot in Sussex Cricket Division Three (East) after seeing off fellow promotion hopefuls Ansty.

Put into bat in challenging conditions, Park totalled 162-9 thanks to a determined knock of 39 from opener Ed Smissen who shared a crucial seventh wicket stand of 63 with Colin Ayres (47).

Clive Tong (21) and skipper Paul Lindfield (20 not out) also added runs, while Sam Palser (3-28), James Nutter (2-27) and Jonathan Young (3-42) grabbed the wickets.

Ansty slumped to 13-3 in reply as Paul Brookes caused all sorts of problems with the ball.

James Wilson (37) and Jack Harvey (20) offered some resistance but Brookes, who bowled unchanged, had the final word to finish with superb figures of 6-36 off 22 overs.

Smissen (2-21), Bradley Payne (1-44) and Lindfield (1-12) helped to skittle out the visitors for 129.

Sidley’s Division Two game away to Three Bridges was abandoned due to the wet weather.

Division 2 results: Cuckfield 109 (2) Goring-by-Sea 110-4 (30pts); Glynde & Beddingham 232-2 (11) Findon 107-3 (1) abandoned; Haywards Heath 187-9 (30) Ifield 66 (8); Pulborough 181-7 (10) St James’s Montefiore 58-5 (10) abandoned; Three Bridges (10) v Sidley (10) abandoned.

Division 3 (East) results: Crowhurst Park 162-9 (30) Ansty 129 (9); Hellingly 138-6 (10) Burgess Hill 35-4 (10) abandoned; Keymer & Hassocks 21-0 (10) Seaford (10) abandoned; Lewes Priory 175-5 (10) Crawley (10) abandoned; Henfield 180 (30) Lindfield 93 (10).

Division 2 standings (all played 10 matches): Three Bridges 212pts, Goring-by-Sea 171, Glynde & Beddingham 157, Ifield 150, Findon 143, Cuckfield 141, Haywards Heath 140, St James’s Montefiore 136, Pulborough 119, Sidley 81.

Division 3 (East) (all played 10 matches): Crowhurst Park 196pts, Crawley 190, Lewes Priory 181, Ansty 175, Hellingly 163, Keymer & Hassocks 151, Seaford 141, Burgess Hill 132, Henfield 128, Lindfield 126.