Spinners star in Worthing first win

Worthing's Benn Challen
Worthing's Benn Challen

BENN Challen and Mason Crane span Worthing Cricket Club to their first Sussex League Premier Division win of the season on Saturday.

Off-spinner Challen and leg-spinner Crane both claimed four wickets, with 15-year-old Crane also grabbing a hat-trick as he took the final three wickets of Brighton & Hove’s innings.

Worthing had started the season with three successive defeats, after two abandoned games, and captain Darryl Rebbetts was pleased to get their first win on the board – in just his second game as skipper.

He said: “We were really pleased with the result, the day went brilliantly.

“The pitch didn’t seem too bad to bat on but they lost a few wickets and just went into their shells.

“John Glover getting Chris Liddle, who had scored a double hundred a couple of weeks previously, was a big wicket and Luke Vinter also bowled well. Benn and Mason were both brilliant and it was a target we were happy to be chasing.

“It shows how well the bowlers bowled, though, when Andy Lutwyche doesn’t even get to bowl.”

Chris Grammer top-scored with 30 for Brighton, while just three other batsmen reached double figures as they were all out for 116.

Challen finished with 4-39 from 18 overs, while Crane, who plays for one of Hampshire’s county junior sides, took 4-35 including the hat-trick when he dismissed Matthew Wood, Grammer and Hanan Burki.

Michael Gould and Ben Chambers then got Worthing off to a strong start with the bat with a 60-run stand for the opening wicket.

Chambers fell for 15, before Gould was out for a 58-ball 61, after hitting 10 fours and one six, with 16 needed to win.

Challen and Rebbetts then saw Worthing home, with 24 and seven not out respectively.

Rebbetts said: “Michael batted really well, which is a good sign for us for the rest of the season but I think he was a bit disappointed to get out with only 16 needed to win.

“We’ve got Eastbourne at home on Saturday now. They’re bottom of the table, so it’s a must-win game for us to start climbing the table.”