WORTHING Cricket Club captain Michael Gould praised his side after their 13-run win at Haywards Heath on Saturday.
Gould struck a half-century on his debut as Worthing were all out for 201 in the Sussex League Division 2 clash. Two other debutants, Benn Challen and Luke Vinter, also starred for Worthing and took eight wickets between them.
Darryl Rebbetts hit eight fours as he top-scored with 61 for Worthing, and Gould struck 12 fours in his knock, while Heath’s Australian left-arm spinner Matthew Junk took 6-41.
In their reply, Junk smashed 97 with 15 fours and one six but Worthing fought back once he was out with off-spinner Challen picking up 5-48 and paceman Vinter claiming 3-45.
Gould said: “It was a great result for us. They were cruising at one stage, so it’s a great fightback by the boys and it’s more important for team spirit.
“It’s good to get off to a winning start and, doing it how we did, is the best way for team spirit.
“We’ve got a few new players and getting off to a start like this is a great way to gel together.
“Benn toiled away as the wicket wasn’t doing an awful lot and Luke came back really well after their overseas player had given him a bit of stick.
“It’s great to have a spinner like Benn, who can keep one end tight and pick up wickets, too.”
On the match, Gould said: “It was a very good wicket and we were probably 30, 40, maybe even 50 runs short of where we should have been.
“At the start, I was looking for 240 and we then lost Darryl, who batted very well, when we were well set on 170 and ended up scrapping over the line to reach 200.
“They started off well in their innings and Junk batted really well, but Benn and Luke pegged them back and both bowled very well.”
Wicketkeeper John Kaye is unavailable on Saturday when Worthing host Glynde.