STOOLBALL: For the second match running our top order batsmen failed to score with us tottering on 39-6 against Scorpions Mixed last Tuesday. Keith Apps[2] was caught in the first over then Abigail Fifield[3], Charlie Apps[1] and Josh Lewis[5] all went in the second over. JJ Boast came in and scored a quick 14 before he was caught while Ian Kitson[1] was caught in the fifth over. A stand of 21 between Clare Baker[23] and skipper Richard Apps[8] was broken when Richard was caught and soon after Clare was bowled. Graham Clark[2], Kayleigh Sherwood[1] and Alisha Clark[1n.o.] ended our miserable performance on 63 all out. We needed quick wickets to stand any chance of victory but an opening partnership of 39 between Jackie[19] and Aaron[36] saw the visitors in command before Jackie was bowled by JJ[1-11]. Aaron was caught and bowled by Alisha[1-12] as Scorpions passed our total but there were wickets for Graham[1-7], Kayleigh[1-20] and catches for Kayleigh and Keith as the visitors won by 97 runs. After two dreadful games the Mixed team restored some confidence in the side at home against Icklesham on Thursday. The visitors batted first and lost Craig[6] to a catch from Keith Apps from Lisa Fifield’[1-9] bowling. Heidi[18] was run out and when Kevin[8] was caught by Keith from Diane Kitson’[2-1-37] they were on 48-3 but a partnership of 99 between Rachel[50] and Matt[72] was broken when Matt was caught by skipper Richard Apps from Abigail Fifield’[2-1-39] bowling. Rachel was bowled by Graham Clark[1-18] and Tracey[6] was bowled by Diane as George[32n.o. and Karen[7n.o.] took the visitors to 215-6 from their 12 overs. Our reply was steady with an opening partnership of 42 between Josh Lewis[30] and Penny[11] before Josh was caught and Penny was run out. Abigail[1] and Keith[16] were bowled with the score on 66-4 but a stand of 21 between JJ Boast[99n.o.] and Charlie Apps[9] steadied the innings but Lisa Fifield[1] and Diane[0] went quickly as Ian Kitson[27] joined JJ to put on 58 for a 8th wicket partnership while Richard[1n.o.] joined JJ to end our innings on 201 to lose and exciting and friendly match by 14 runs. The Mixed team played at Crowhurst Tournament last Sunday and almost reached the final losing by just 1 run in the last match. We played Civil Service first and some excellent fielding resulted in 2 run out’s and a wicket for Phil Green[1-13] as our opponents ended their 6 overs on 108 and in reply it was Phil’s unbeaten 86 that won us the match by 12 runs and also Penny Clark’ 20. Next was Brightling and again we fielded well resulting in 3 run out’s and wickets for Josh Lewis[1-18] and Phil[1-7] as they reached 106. It was Phil[85n.o.] and Penny[11n.o.] who gave us a 2 run win. We needed to beat Icklesham in our last match to go into the final and we restricted them to 96 with again 3 run out’s and wickets for Phil[1-9] and Richard Apps[1-11] while Ian Kitson and Josh held on to catches. Phil[19] was caught in the second over but Penny[25] and Josh[28] put on 49 before Josh was caught. Penny was run out with two balls left but Ian[16n.o.] and Abigail[0n.o.] fell 2 runs short of victory. Sunday[28th] is Staplecross’ Mixed Tournament at 10a.m. and then on Tuesday[30th] the Mixed are at home to Staplecross while on Thursday[2nd July] they are away to Pett with both matches starting at 7p.m.

FISHING: The season is open so just a reminder that the Rother will be patrolled this year so make sure you have your rod licence and Rother Fisheries Licence, available from Alan Apps[01580-880877] before you fish otherwise you may be liable to a fine of up to £1,000.

FOOTBALL: Training starts at The Recreation Ground on Wednesday 1st July 2015 @ 6.30p.m. New players are welcome.

The A.G.M. will be on Wednesday 22nd July 2015 at Robertsbridge Club @ 8.30p.m.

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