In-form Rye move into top two

Hugo Nel scored 130 with the bat and took three wickets with the ball as Rye saw off Hellingly last weekend
Hugo Nel scored 130 with the bat and took three wickets with the ball as Rye saw off Hellingly last weekend
  • Rye win by 84 runs at home to Hellingly
  • Result lifts Rye up to second in league table
  • Nel hits 130 and Thomson 82 not out as Rye post 242-2 batting first
  • Same two players take three wickets each to bowl Hellingly out for 158
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In-form Rye moved up to second in Sussex Cricket League Division Four courtesy of another victory on Saturday.

Splendid all-round performances by Hugo Nel and Fin Thomson were the highlight of an 84-run win at home to bottom-of-the-table Hellingly in a match sponsored by My Sweet Old Etcetera.

Rye skipper Gary Willis lost the toss and his team was asked to take first knock on a wicket which was wet following the recent inclement weather.

Initially Rye struggled as they found themselves 18-2 inside eight overs as Adam Devlin (2-57) got among the wickets. Nel and Thomson started to steady the ship, however, as they went about formulating a partnership to take Rye into bonus points territory.

Both players dispatched the bowling with ease as they compiled a huge stand of 206 before Nel fell for a superb 130 to the bowling of David Pye (1-43).

Thomson continued on in partnership with George Wathen (10), who was run out trying to push for the declaration, and then Mickey Toomey (4 not out). Rye declared on 242-2 after 45 overs, with Thomson finishing on 82 not out - his first league fifty for Rye in what was an excellent innings.

Hellingly never looked like being able to mount an effective response as they slumped to 4-2 inside five overs, with Willis (2-23) landing the early blows.

The visitors continued to lose wickets at regular intervals. They were soon 41-5 and in danger of not achieving a single point until Greg Devlin (71) and Adam Pye (39) ensured some semblance of respectability.

Hellingly were dismissed for 158 in the 42nd over. Nel (3-24) and Thomson (3-12) were the pick of the Rye attack as they reproduced their batting form with the ball.

Fifteen-year-old Tobias Farrow and Wathen picked up a wicket each as Rye claimed their third win on the bounce - and a comprehensive one at that.

At the midway stage of the season, Rye are now in the promotion spots and another win at third-bottom Henfield this coming Saturday would keep up the pressure on leaders Slinfold.

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