Ifield registered their fourth successive victory thanks to a five-wicket haul by Guru Kedarnath and an unbeaten 77 by Pratik Patel.
Jack Groves won the toss and opted to bat first and although openers Joe Smith and Anas Vora were patient they had difficulty getting the Ansty bowlers away. Jack Palser took three quick wickets to put Ifield were in trouble at 53 for 5.
Pratik Patel and Jigar Parekh had other ideas and put together a brilliant unbeaten 9th wicket stand of 102 runs that took the home side to 207 for 8 with Patel finishing on an excellent 77 and Parekh 32.”
Greg Barton and Dan Groves put on a quick 30 before Groves hit a long hop straight to point and he was gone for 21.
Barton went soon afterwards for 24 which included a huge six that landed inside the clubhouse.
At 105 for 8 Ifield were in danger of not even getting into bonus point territory but Pratik Patel and Jigar Parekh had other ideas and put together a brilliant unbeaten 9th wicket stand of 102 runs that took the home side to 207 for 8 with Patel finishing on an excellent 77 and Parekh 32.
The Ansty innings started quickly with runs coming freely and James Whybrow in particular taking the attack to the bowlers and the score had reached 32 before the first wicket came when overseas barman Venter was brilliantly caught at short leg by Joe Smith off Kedarnath for 7.
Whybrow went for 24 when bowled by Kedarnath and then wickets started falling at regular intervals and Ansty found themselves at 89 for 6 and Ifield felt confident of the win but number 3 batsman Leo Anderson was still there and proving hard to shift.
Richard Smith joined Anderson and they had taken the score to 138 for 7 before the wicket of Anderson finally came when youngster Mahad Ahmed induced a false shot and Jack Groves took the catch behind the stumps but Anderson’s 44 runs had kept Ansty in the game.
Smith and Ben Towler put on a further 23 runs before Towler was caught and then came the crucial wicket of Smith for 45 when bowled by Ahmed. Parekh wrapped up the innings when he bowled Palser for 3 to give Ifield a 33 run victory.
Kedarnath picked up 5 wickets and Parekh 3 but Ahmed’s 2 wickets for 22 runs at a key stage of the game proved crucial.
Ifield travel away to Hastings this Saturday.
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