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Report on the Slam Down Finals Day at Slinfold Cricket Club. Hailsham Roses Vs Town Malling Swans (Semi-Final)...

What a way to start the bank holiday weekend then to play in the Grand Slam Finals.

The Roses were invited to Slinfold Cricket Club, where they would play Town Malling, Kent Slam champions. 

With the intention of applying pressure early on and limiting the run rate, Captain Kp won the toss and decided to field first. Maisie and Kp, the opening bowlers, got off to a strong start by making use of the downhill speed. Slip catcher Holls hung on to a catch by her fingertips as Maisie (T-Rex) grabbed herself a wicket in the game’s opening over. Despite a few fielding mishaps, the roses maintained their composure and tried to maintain their positivity.

Bowlers Amelia and Rom came and continued the sharp lines and lengths. The superstar Moldog and Holls were the next to bowl. Batters are feeling the need to score more runs; the pressure is on. Holls and Moldog bowled well, with Holls securing a couple wickets in her overs.

Moldog must have had her morning Weetabix as she was bowling diamond balls, striking the target ball after ball. THERES NO STOPPING MOLDOG. Town Malling fell like dominoes, refusing to face the mighty Moldog as wickets kept tumbling… Town Malling 60(All Out)12.3. 

Moldogs figures ending on 6/7 of only 2.3 overs.

The Roses watched on as the other teams played out their first half of their semi final. Before you knew it we were back out there! After a little rain spell, Openers Holls(35) and Rom(6) went out looking to play each ball on its merit. A positive start from both with a handful of boundaries… the Roses bagged the first win of the day scoring the runs in a quick 4.1overs.

The Roses were now in the Finals!

Hailsham Roses VS Ropley Royals (THE FINALS)

Nerves are setting in…. Will we bring the trophy back home for the second year running?

Captain KP losses the toss, we are put into bat.

Openers Holls and Rom looking to set a good foundation for the team, walk out to the crease. A wobbly start and a couple runs later saw Holls(2) back to the pavilion after being bowled. Harris is next out, looking confident and creating a lovely partnership with Rom saw quick singles and plenty of boundaries. Rom(10) is the next to go, brining in Ann-Marie. 

Runs are flowing as Harris guids the ball all around the field. Another wicket…. Anne-Marie(11) goes and Vaulks Is in. A lovely front foot drive over the bowler first ball sets Vaulks(8) onto the right foot as she and Maisie pump the ball around. RETIRED…. 

Maisie comes out scoring a whopping(40rno) which is just what the Roses needed. Captains in. An unlucky chip of the bat onto the stumps saw Moldog out to the crease. Runs are coming, with some cheeky twos pushed the run rates increasing. Vaulksy(8) out… Amelia in. A sudden wicket of Barrett(1) and Lexi’s in. Both Lexi(5no) and Molldog(7no) out for the last couple overs of the game pushing quick singles. The Roses end on 91/6…

Roses 91/6 of 16

Pressures on…

Opening the bowling, Maise and Holls set out to grab some early wickets. The batters feel confident, hitting in the gaps and finding boundaries. Tensions are high and the pressures on for the Roses as Ropley Royals set off to a great start. Maisie switches up and bowls around the wicket…. WICKET FOR MAISIE. There’s a breakthrough for the roses. 40-1.

Batters are still feeling comfortable. Going for the bad balls and running quick singles, we knew we all had to be on our game. Roms on to bowl…. BOWLED. a variation short ball from Rom saw the bails flying. Ropley 56-2. Nerves are felt by all on the roses team. Rom continues to bowl…. It’s in the air… caught by Holls. Another needed wicket as it saw both opening batters off. Ropley 69-3.

Moldogs back… has she got any more room in her pockets for any more wickets??

Of course, she does, chipped of the bat straight into Roms hand saw Ropley 71-4. The game is still in both teams reach as Ropley only needed a handful of runs but the roses needed 5 more wickets. Holls is back on… BOWLED… Ropley 72-5. Moldogs pitch perfect bowling led to another wicket… Ropley now stand at 72-6.

Pressure still on, anything can happen now. All it takes is a couple miss fields and boundaries and the game will be out of the Roses reach. We have made it to the 13th over. Moldogs on, can she make it 10?? BOWLED AND BOWLED AGAIN!! 

Before we knew it the Roses only had one more wicket left. The games still at steak, with Ropley 76-8 we knew we had to be on our game.

Holls is on, the batter has sliced the ball to Rom. Rom has launched the ball to the bowlers end where the stumps have been taken. OUT!

The Roses were ecstatic!

Hailsham Roses became back2back winners of the Slam Down final 2 years running.

The Young Lee Letting player of the match was split between Maisie (40*) & Molly(4/13).

Hailsham hosted Buxted Park in the T20 Cup, the final game before the league season begins. Buxted Park elected to bat first, looking to set a defendable total.

Opening bowlers Andrew Anthony and James Bellett got Hailsham off to a dream start, with 3 early wickets between them in the first few overs. Despite the excellent start, Buxted rebuilt in the middle overs, swinging the momentum back towards themselves. Some great spells by Crouch, McDonald and Dunning did however limit Buxted to 146-8.

Tibble and Moritz opened the batting and got Hailsham off to a flyer, but regular wickets hampered Hailsham’s progress. Resistance for Tibble (37) and later Anthony (29*) got the side to within touching distance, but eventually ran up just shut, with Buxted Park winning the game by 14 runs.

A good showing from Hailsham, with plenty of positives and lessons to take into their first league game against Chiddingly at Western Road next Saturday.

The Lyons Electrical player of the match went to Andrew Anthony for 2/19 and 29 quick runs.

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