Hill flattened as the Saints juggernaut keeps rolling on to a ninth league win

wayne emerson (Scaynes Hill) bowls and Steve Kingcome (St Andrews) watches
wayne emerson (Scaynes Hill) bowls and Steve Kingcome (St Andrews) watches

The juggernaut that is St Andrews 1st XI continued on its path the promotion by making it nine wins out of nine on Saturday.

This time it was fellow Mid Sussex club Scaynes Hill who were flattened as they put the hosts in and saw them rattle up 271-4 before declaring in the 41st over.

Amazingly, Steve Kingcome’s league average drop ped from 104.25 as he was dismissed four short of a second successive century but not before he had swiftly added 79 for the first wicket with Hayden James (45).

Alex Ellis (87) then joined him in a 143-run stand before the No 3 shared partnerships with Owen Male and Jack Wilkins.

Nick Wright was the pick of the Hill bowlers with 2-46 and then impressed with the bat, making 48 in a reply of 142.

James took 4-48 and was well supported by skipper JJ Davies, Neil Machin and Jack Wells, who all collected two wickets apiece.

A long and hot trip down to the coast proved well worth it for Saints’ 2nd XI as stand-in skipper Paul Watson called correctly and asked Aldwick to bat first.

They were then bowled out for 75 in the 21st over as Ollie Brookes claimed 4-16 in seven overs and was well supported by the Nichol’s brothers, Shaun (1-23) and Daniel (3-12).

There were seven ducks as only Matt Robinson held up Saints with a battling 45 before Jon Kingcome (2-15) cleaned up the tail.

Iain Murray partnered by Ray Cully set about chasing down the meagre total but on 29 Murray (8) just failed to clear the fielder.

Watson (23no) then joined Cully (30) and moved the score to 56 before Stuart Murray (9no) came in to finish the job.

On a gorgeous summer evening at Burgess Hill, Saints U12s needed a win to guarantee second place Division 1.

They acheved it by six wickets after putting the hosts into bat and restricting them 95-8.

Spinners Tom Cooper and Jack Hobby bowled accurately and economically, while Jack Cooper took another two wickets and once again broke a bail.

Saints tinkered with the batting order to give last week’s heroes a bat at the top of the order but Ben Noble and Archie Kirk scored only one run between them.

The team has terrific strength in depth, however, and Jack Cooper and Hobby steadied the innings before Tom Cooper then came in to score a stylish 21 and Cal Paul-Moola again impressed with 13 not out to complete victory with seven overs to spare.

The team will play St James’s in a cup final at Rottingdean next Monday.

The U14s pulled off a remarkable victory against Palmers. Chasing s total of 109-7, they were 60-5 with only five overs remaining when in came U11 Joe Edwards (13 off 14 balls) to seal a one wicket win off the last ball, aided by Michael Platt (10), Araf Ahmed (8) and Alex Bates (6 no).