Cricketers set to open up

Hastings Priory celebrate winning the Gray-Nicolls Sussex T20 Cup last season. Picture courtesy regwoodphotography
Hastings Priory celebrate winning the Gray-Nicolls Sussex T20 Cup last season. Picture courtesy regwoodphotography
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The cricketers of Hastings Priory and Bexhill will contest their first competitive fixtures of the new season on Sunday.

Both clubs are up against Kent opposition in round one of the ECB National Club Championship with Priory travelling to Bickley Park and Bexhill entertaining HSBC.

For Priory, Harry Finch is ruled out as contracted county professionals are ineligible, while Elliot Hooper and Finn Hulbert are unavailable due to school commitments.

England under-19 international Finch is due to captain a fairly similar Priory team in a friendly away to Tunbridge Wells tomorrow (Saturday). The seconds will host their Tunbridge Wells counterparts.

For Bexhill, John Haffenden and Callum Guest are unavailable as both are doing their level two coaching assessments that day, but the club has a strong squad of 18 or 19 players to call upon. Play is due to get underway from 1pm at The Polegrove.

Bexhill plan to hold an inter-club 45-over game tomorrow having already contested one pre-season friendly away to Rye last weekend. Haffenden top-scored with 51 and Neil Blatchly took 5-10 with the ball as Bexhill won by 108 runs.

Australian overseas player Dean Crawford, an opening bowler and middle order batsman, also featured. Rye, for their part, will travel to Glynde & Beddingham in a friendly tomorrow.