Nine points needed for Broadwater to lift title

Paul OSullivan in action for Broadwater at Littlehampton on Saturday. Picture: LP1600517
Paul OSullivan in action for Broadwater at Littlehampton on Saturday. Picture: LP1600517

Broadwater Cricket Club still have work to do to lift the West Sussex Invitation League title after a losing draw at Littlehampton on Saturday.

Nine points will do for Broadwater in their final game of the season at home to Felbridge & Sunnyside this Saturday as they have won more games than all of the sides below them. Ten points will mean no one can finish level on points with them.

Broadwater skipper Nigel Waller said: “At the beginning of the season, you’d obviously take going into your final game of the season needing ten points to win the league.

“It’s a nice position to be in and it’s good to be at home as well.”

Littlehampton won the toss on Saturday and posted 276-3 from 48.4 overs as Tom Lee hit 127 from 160 balls and Ally James scored 95 off 94 deliveries, with 12 fours and one six.

Broadwater finished their reply on 178-8 as Waller hit the final ball of the innings for four to collect an extra bonus point.

Graham Merritt-Blann top-scored with 48, Waller struck 28 not out and Paul O’Sullivan hit 28. Louis Paul and Andy Greig both took two wickets for Littlehampton.

Waller said: “It was just one of those games. We didn’t play particularly badly but they just played a bit better and thoroughly deserved more points than us.

“We would have batted first if we’d won the toss as we’d have fancied our chances of getting 200 and ten points.

“We only got two bowling points as Ally and Tom batted well and it’s a difficult wicket to bowl teams out on.

“At tea, the aim was to get as many bonus points as we could. We wanted to get to 200 for five points and ended up getting four, although at one stage it looked as though we could struggle to get to 150.”

Littlehampton took 18 points from the game to Broadwater’s six. Littlehampton are now out of the running for the title, with Ram and Eastergate the only sides who can deny Broadwater the title.

Ram are 51 points behind Broadwater with a game in hand, while Eastergate are third and 58 points behind Broadwater, also with a game in hand.

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