Jacob returns to put Ifield in seventh heaven

Ifield CC  V Three Bridges CC 2-6-12  (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGSUS00220120731105136

Ifield CC V Three Bridges CC 2-6-12 (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGSUS00220120731105136

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Ifield returned to winning ways with a three-wicket away win to Crowhurst Park thanks to seven wickets from Russell Jacob and a much improved batting performance.

Crowhurst skipper Paul Brookes dug in and with Coleman put on a further 70 runs before Brookes (56) holed out to Kedarnath at long-off off the bowling of Jigar Parekh but in so doing Kedarnath injured his right hand which meant he wouldn’t bowl a ball all day.

Russell Jacob was called into the 1st X1 after a late withdrawal from the team and with the injury to Kedarnath he suddenly had a key role to play and he returned remarkable figures of 13 overs, 2 maidens and 7 wickets for 36 runs.

Former first XI captain Russell Jacob has been skippering the 2nd X1 this season but was called into the 1st X1 after a late withdrawal from the team and with the injury to Kedarnath he suddenly had a key role to play and he went through the Crowhurst middle and lower order returning remarkable figures of 13 overs, 2 maidens and 7 wickets for 36 runs.

The home side finished on 200 all out off 50 overs.

Ifield’s reply started positively with Matt Atkins and Sam Dorrington putting on 52 for the first wicke but two quick wickets falling meant they slumped to 65 for 3.

Captain Jack Groves and vice-captain Graeme Dean steadied the ship with a partnership of 40 before Groves was caught going for a third six in an over for 37.

Daniel Groves arrived, hit a 6 and was then caught behind fifth ball and then when Kedarnath, batting lower than usual because of his injury, was bowled by Tong for a patient 15 Ifield found themselves at 139 for six.

Graeme Dean was playing an anchor role and there was a degree of controversy when he was given out stumped for 18 when the ball bounced back off the wicket keeper’s pads with the batsman apparently having not moved.

New batsmen Vish Patel and Simon Hickey batted really solidly and sensibly and Ifield were within sight of victory when a second controversial incident occurred.

A quick ball from Payne flew past Hickey’s bat and was caught by the keeper but to everyone’s surprise the umpire’s finger went straight up without an appeal being made.

Crowhurst skipper Brookes in a rarely seen sporting gesture in the world of competitive league cricket told the umpire that there was absolutely no contact at all and as such they were not appealing for the catch at which point Hickey was recalled to the crease.

Great credit to Crowhurst and Brooke’s in particular.

The Patel (22) and Hickey (32) partnership yielded 60 runs and they saw Ifield home without further mishap for a much needed three-wicket victory and a maximum 30 points.

Ifield entertain Lindfield this Saturday at Ifield Green.

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