Last over win puts Iden second

Battle Cricket action at George Meadow, Battle'Battle V Rottingdean'Battle Fielding'22.05.10.'Elliot Scrivener'Picture by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY
Battle Cricket action at George Meadow, Battle'Battle V Rottingdean'Battle Fielding'22.05.10.'Elliot Scrivener'Picture by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY
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Iden have moved back up to second place in the East Sussex Cricket League with two games remaining.

Phil Shanks’ side beat bottom club Chiddingly by four wickets off the penultimate ball of their latest Division One fixture on Saturday.

Gary Rens took three wickets as visitors Chiddingly were all out for 229 after being given first knock. Rens then hit an excellent 66 not out at number eight to take his team home.

Battle’s chances of promotion in Division Two look slim after a thrilling draw with basement boys Herstmonceux. Elliot Scrivener was 93 not out, Chris Reid hit 56 and Ben Ridgway was unbeaten on 50 as Battle totalled 251-2 batting first. Ceux ended their reply on 250-7.

Rye are all but out of the running for a top two finish on the back of a 67-run loss at Pevensey. Sandun Dias and Martin Blincow took three wickets apiece as Pevensey made 221-8 batting first, but Rye were all out for 154 in reply despite 62 from Dias.

Robertsbridge suffered a seven-wicket reverse away to second-placed Buxted Park. Matt Wilkinson top-scored with 46 as Bridge were all out for 112 batting first before Robert Geaney took two of their three wickets with the ball.

In Division Four, Little Common Ramblers were subjected to a 192-run drubbing at the hands of Heathfield Park seconds and Adam Murphy’s five wickets couldn’t prevent Pett losing by 40 runs to East Dean & Friston.

Standings (all played 16 matches) - Division 1: Willingdon 358pts, 2 IDEN 303, 3 Ringmer 301, 4 Ditchling 299, 5 Barcombe 290, 6 Heathfield Park 282, 7 Plumpton & East Chiltington 276, 8 Rottingdean 269, 9 Newick 253, 10 Chiddingly 152.

Division 2: 1 St Peters 363pts, 2 Buxted Park 343, 3 BATTLE 305, 4 RYE 289, 5 Crowborough 280, 6 ROBERTSBRIDGE 264, 7 Hailsham 257, 8 Fletching 251, 9 Pevensey 244, 10 Herstmonceux 201.

Full reports on each of these games and more tables will appear in Friday’s Observers.