WORTHING Cricket Club captain Darryl Rebbetts has set his side a survival target to stay in the Sussex League Premier Division.
Worthing lost at lowly Eastbourne by three wickets on Saturday but the damage from that defeat was undone when Eastbourne managed to take only four points from their match with the Sussex Development XI on Sunday.
That leaves Eastbourne 29 points behind Worthing, who are 26 clear of the relegation zone – with two games left for each team.
Rebbetts said: “One win and a draw, or two good draws, should be enough for us to stay up. We were expecting Eastbourne to get 30 points on Sunday but they only got four and we got nine points out of our match with them on Saturday, which we were pleased with.
“We chose to bat first to be positive to get as many points as we could – rather than bowling first and then blocking out for the draw.
“We were probably just a seam bowler light as John Glover will miss the rest of the season with shin splits but our two spinners were both brilliant again.”
Worthing scored 189-9 off 58 overs as Stuart Carter and Bradley James both hit their first league half-centuries for the 1st XI.
Carter finished unbeaten on 75, after hitting five fours off 95 balls, and James hit 53 from 129 deliveries, with six fours.
Eastbourne had a strong bowling attack, with Mohammed Akram taking 3-39 and Ed Giddins took 1-31 off 12 overs. They also had former Sussex captain Alan Wells playing, along with his two sons, current Sussex first-team player, Luke, and Dan, who is in one of the Sussex junior sides.
Eastbourne made a strong start in reply as Mark Tomsett (51) and Dan Wells (38) put on 89 for the first wicket. Luke Wells then smashed 27 from only 14 balls as Eastbourne went along at better than a run-a-ball for the first 20 overs.
Worthing spinners Benn Challen and Mason Crane – who dismissed all three of the Wells family –then slowed the run-rate and Eastbourne ended up only reaching their target in 51.2 overs, with four balls remaining. Crane finished with 5-78 and Challen took 2-60.
Worthing host Hastings on Saturday.