WORTHING Cricket Club cruised to a eight-wicket victory at home to Three Bridges on Saturday to move up to third in Sussex League Division 2.
Despite having five players unavailable, Worthing restricted Bridges to 146-8 from 53 overs, before they raced to their target in just 28.2 overs.
Without John Glover, Martyn Swift, Luke Vinter, Nick Ballamy and Ian Gooding, Worthing made early inroads after Bridges won the toss and elected to bat.
James Chadburn was caught by Josh Wood off Shane Felton for one, before Jamie Piper bowled Conor Golding for 20, which left Bridges 23-2.
Danny Alderman was out lbw to Benn Challen for 20 after a 50-run third-wicket stand with Bradley Gayler. Ian Church was then caught by Andy Lutwyche off his own bowling for one, which left Bridges 74-4.
Gayler became Lutwyche’s second victim when he was caught by Nick Oxley for 45 and that sparked four wickets falling for just seven runs as Challen claimed three quick wickets.
Matt Blandford finished unbeaten on 20 and Mark Church hit 19 not out as Bridges finished on 146-8. Challen took 4-39 from 14 overs and Lutwyche claimed 2-31 off 13 overs.
Josh Wood fell for 14 in Worthing’s reply, after a 31-run opening stand with Matt Green, who then put on 64 for the second wicket with Sam Jones.
Green was bowled by Tom Blandford for 41, before Jones saw Worthing home with Challen.
Jones finished 58 not out, from just 53 balls, after hitting ten fours and Challen ended 23 not out.
Challen said: “It was an excellent win, especially with five first-team players out.
“We played really well for the whole game. I think it was a 200-plus wicket but we just bowled well and Shane and Lutters were both brilliant.
“Sam then batted really well and it was a good win for us.
“We’ll continue to take things week by week. This division is like the Championship as everyone can beat everybody.
“There hasn’t been a draw in the division yet, which is strange after six games but it’s just the way cricket is being played now.”
Worthing travel to local rivals Findon on Saturday.
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