Broadwater boost their hopes of promotion

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BROADWATER Cricket Club edged closer to promotion from West Sussex Invitation League Division 2 with a five-wicket win at Broadbridge Heath on Saturday.

The win sees Broadwater lead third-placed Chippingdale by 40 points with just three games left.

Broadwater went into Saturday’s game second and Broadbridge Heath were third but the visitors returned home with an emphatic victory.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl, Broadwater began well.

The hosts lost Tim Currie (nought), Will Currie (nought) and Mike Stocker (four) as they slipped to 22-3.

Opener David Baker (40) and Thomas Endacott (29) did offer some resistance but the rest of Broadbridge’s batting line-up was blown away and they were skittled out for 127 in 48.2 overs.

Broadwater were excellent with the ball and captain Paul O’Sullivan, Fitzroy Hodges and Bob Reynolds all claimed three wickets.

In reply, Broadwater opening batsman Graham Waller hit 60 not out, from 100 balls, in an innings that included nine fours and one six. The innings saw Waller, the division’s leading runscorer, move on to 530 for the season.

The reply was not as straightforward as it looked as Waller was the only batsman to reach double figures, with the next highest scorer Bob Reynolds, with nine, as Broadwater were reduced to 32-3 and then 63-4 during their innings.

However, Broadbridge Heath conceded 36 extras as Broadwater reached their target in 30.4 overs.

Fred Bridges returned figures of 4-21 from his nine overs, which included four maidens for the hosts.

Broadwater captain O’Sullivan was delighted his side picked up another victory.

He said: “It was a big game going into it, with us being in second and Broadbridge in third.

“But we bowled really well and managed to restrict them to what was a reachable target.

“We were made to work hard with the bat and we lost wickets at regular intervals.

“But, in the end, we managed to reach the target and it’s great to get the win.”

Broadwater will now be hoping to be playing Division 1 cricket next season as they have a gap of 40 points over their closest rivals in third position and they could clinch promotion in just two weeks’ time.

O’Sullivan added: “We have three games to go and we are well placed ahead of those games. I think we have got every opportunity to win promotion now, it’s just a case of winning our matches.

“We have given ourselves a great chance of achieving this. But we will just take each game as it comes and then see how we go from there.”

Broadwater will be looking to pick up another win when they host Scaynes Hill at Broadwater Green on Saturday.