After a slow start to the season it was important for Borderers to begin to make their mark on the newly structured Sussex East Division. With Rye winning the toss and electing to field, Borderers opening partnership of B Edwards and N Edwards needed to set the tone for the game ahead. Unfortunately for B Edwards he was dismissed early on (although it later transpired incorrectly). So it was left to N Edwards (28) and his new batting partner T Fantom (41) to begin to create an innings. The two set the standard, taking their time and cultivating a sensible innings against consistent bowling from Rye.
However, as wickets began to fall, in stepped the experienced C Greenall (84) who began to line up the bowling and dispatch it to all corners of the ground. Making good use of the lightning outfield, Greenall racked up his runs in impressive style. And with help down the other end from some extravagant shot playing by H Latham-Coyle on his debut innings, Borderers found themselves able to declare on 196-7 from 47 overs.
With a decent total on the board, but the awareness of recent opposition results in the back of his mind, TWBCC skipper B Edwards turned to his usual opening bowler J Freeman (6-91) to get things done. And with a fantastic catch from young F McAteer at first slip in the very first over of the innings, things started according to plan. C Crooke (2-30) opened at the other end and his return to bowling saw a display of pace and bounce to unsettle the Rye batsmen. With resistance from Rye in the form of youngster L Payton (82) TWBCC found themselves in need of some tidy and restrictive bowling and of course none other than N Edwards (2-50) obliged with the goods.
Borderers found themselves needing a few wickets with only 40 runs to play with. A tense few moments and a few decisions could have been the deciding moment in a close fixture. As tensions rose, a few sharp words were exchanged between (still going) Freeman and the on strike batsmen. This heat and explosion was exactly the impetus Freeman was looking for and he ended the day with back-to-back wickets to pick up his 5th and 6th and see Borderers over the line to notch up their first win of the season.
Freeman finished his 20 over spell with a double, and will start the next game on a hattrick as Borderers look to keep up form and begin their climb up the table.