GORING Cricket Club captain Dan Pittham has called his side’s season phenomenal after they finished fourth in Sussex League Division 2.
Having been promoted from Sussex League Division 3 West as champions last season, Pittham’s aim was simply survival for his side this term in Division 2 – although they went into the final weekend at Ifield with a chance of accomplishing back-to-back promotions.
But, with Ifield fighting for their lives, they pulled off a 125-run victory to escape relegation by a single point, while Bexhill’s comfortable win over eventual champions Worthing, meant Goring’s promotion hopes were over, anyway.
Pittham said: “It’s been an unbelievable year and I don’t think anyone expected it.
“People will see us now as a respected team in the league. It’s been a phenomenal year and there are so many positives to bring out of it, especially as nine of the starting 11 are all local, so it’s very much a team for the future as well.
“To be in a situation, come the last game of the season, to still be able to go up was just unreal. Everything that has happened at the club this year has just been amazing.”
Having restricted Ifield to 172 thanks to a fine bowling display from Ellis Woolley, who claimed 6-55, Goring then collapsed to just 47 all out as only Ben Cartwright (18) and Adam Coutts (12) made double figures, as Russ Jacob claimed 4-17 and Paul Clifford 4-0.
Pittham added: “We bowled really well as we have done all year, but our batting let us down.
“They prepared a pitch for Russ and it really was spinning sideways, but fair play to them, they deserved it.”