DARRYL Rebbetts hit his first Sussex League hundred in his first game as Worthing Cricket Club captain on Saturday but it was not enough for his side to get their first win of the season.
Rebbetts struck a chanceless 101 not out as Worthing posted 247-5 from their 58 overs. However, East Grinstead got home with just two balls to spare, which left Rebbetts with mixed emotions at the end of the game.
He said: “I was really pleased to get my first Sussex League hundred, especially in my first game as captain. It was hard work but I loved every minute of it as it was a nice wicket to bat on. Hopefully, I can get more and more now this season.
“We were very happy with our total at the halfway stage. They’d only got four bowling points, so we knew they’d have to chase the target.
“But their second-wicket stand of 160 set the game up for them and they reached their target with two balls to spare.”
Rebbetts scored his 101 not out from 134 balls and hit 13 fours, while Stuart Carter also hit 47 off 45 deliveries as the pair put on 107 unbroken for the sixth wicket.
Michael Gould (31), Benn Challen (23) and Ian Gooding (21) also contributed to Worthing’s total.
Challen then took four wickets with the ball, finishing with 4-64 from 18.4 overs as Toby Margetts’ unbeaten 42 took East Grinstead to victory.
They needed one to win from the final over, from Challen, which went – wicket, dot, dot, four. That was after Danny Irvine, with 70 off 93 balls, and Nathan Baily, with 90 from 131 deliveries, had set the platform for East Grinstead’s run chase with the huge second-wicket partnership.
Worthing are at Brighton & Hove on Saturday.