In-form Worthing make it five successive wins

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WORTHING Cricket Club continued their push for promotion from Sussex League Division 2 with a three-wicket home win over Ifield on Saturday.

Worthing moved up a place, ahead of St James’s, into third, with their fifth successive win but they still remain 28 points off Billingshurst in second place.

After winning the toss and deciding to bowl, Worthing began well.

Ifield opener Clayton Caltsounis (three) and Jack Groves (nought) both fell early on.

Raza Ali (14) and Graeme Dean (21) were the only Ifield batsmen to reach double figures in the top seven, while Ghulam Abbas, Ifield’s number 11 batsman, finished unbeaten on 36 to add some much-needed runs to their total as they were all out for 116 in 40.5 overs.

Corey Altis was the pick of the Worthing bowlers, with 4-19 from ten overs, and he was well backed up by John Glover and Will Fazakerley, who both picked up two wickets.

In reply, Worthing started well as opener Matthew Green made 50 from 81 balls, with six fours in his innings.

Despite Green’s half-century, Worthing lost regular wickets at the other end as they slipped to 87-7.

However, an unbroken 30-run stand between Gareth Challen (16 not out) and Fazakerley (12 not out) saw Worthing to victory in 49.5 overs.

Abbas followed up his top score with the bat to claim three wickets, though his efforts where in vain as Worthing reached their target with three wickets to spare.

Worthing vice-captain Benn Challen was pleased with his side’s display and said: “It was a fairly comfortable victory in the end. We bowled really well and John Glover set the tone first up.

“We were a little bit worried when their last wicket pair started getting some runs and I began to think they may have too many.

“But we managed to break that partnership and end their innings.

“We began well with the bat, with Matthew Green reaching 50.

“It got a little shaky with some wickets lost in the middle but we have some good players who can score runs and we managed to reach our target.”

Worthing are now looking to make up the 28-point gap to second-placed Billingshurst in their three remaining matches.

Challen added: “We were 28 points off them before the game and they picked up a win as well.

“It’s in their hands and we just have to hope they slip up. All that we can do is win our matches and concentrate on ourselves.”

Worthing will be hoping to continue their push for promotion when they travel to St James’s on Saturday.