Final-day drama as Worthing seal title and promotion

WORTHING Cricket Club clinched the Sussex League Division 2 title and with it promotion to the Premier Division in dramatic circumstances on Saturday.

Despite crashing by 10 wickets to eventual division runners-up Bexhill, a tactical declaration from Worthing ensured they clinched top spot over their opponents by a single point.

It was a nail-biting finish to the final day of the season as Glynde, who finished third, missed out on the second promotion place by just one wicket as they were held to a draw by Haywards Heath.

Worthing, who seemed to collapse under the pressure of the day, had made just 65-9 when skipper Michael Gould declared, meaning that opponents Bexhill could only take a maximum of 28 points from the game and Worthing could not be overtaken.

After a strong start to the season, Worthing had tailed off towards the end of the campaign putting the pressure on in the final-day drama, but nevertheless they sealed the title in what has been the club’s most successful season in more than 150 years - as four of their five mens’ teams won their respective leagues.

For a full report and reaction, see this week’s Worthing Herald on Thursday.