Spinners star in Worthing first win

Worthing's Benn Challen

Worthing's Benn Challen

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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.”