Up-and-down game finishes in a draw at Worthing

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WORTHING Cricket Club dropped a place to third in the Sussex League Division 2 table after drawing at home to Billingshurst on Saturday.

Worthing captain Luke Vinter admitted that a draw was probably the fair result from an up-and-down game.

Worthing posted 203-7 from their 53 overs as Nick Oxley and Benn Challen both scored 57, before Billingshurst finished their reply on 173-8 as Corey Altis took 5-46.

Vinter said: “It was an up-and-down game and both teams will feel they could have won but a draw was probably the fair result.

“There was one big partnership in both innings and, other than that, there wasn’t much else.

“Nick and Benn both batted really well and put on a great partnership but both of them then got out in the same over, before Nick Ballamy got us up to 200.

“We got a couple of early wickets but at the drinks break, we still only had them two down and they needed only around 100 to win.

“Corey bowled really well, though, and he always looks like taking a wicket every single ball. It’s up to the rest of us, like myself and Benn Challen, to restrict the runs, so Corey has the licence to attack.”

Oxley and Challen put on 110 for Worthing’s second wicket, before both fell to Ben Williams. Challen was caught by Scott Stratton for 57, after hitting four fours and two sixes from 102 balls, before Oxley was caught by wicketkeeper Rob Woodman after striking nine fours, also from 102 deliveries.

Ballamy then struck a quickfire 39 from just 35 balls, with three fours and one six, to take Worthing past 200.

Altis struck twice early on to reduce Billingshurst to 39-2, before a 87-run second-wicket stand between Scott Stratton and Mike Burroughs.

Andy Lutwyche made the breakthrough when Altis caught Stratton for 65 and Burroughs followed three runs later for 33.

Billingshurst then fell to 138-7, before Shane West (15 not out) and Ben Williams (14) steadied things with a 34-run stand. Williams was out just before the close as the visitors finished on 173-8.

Altis returned figures of 5-46 from 14 overs, while Lutwyche claimed 2-20 off seven overs.

Worthing travel to Ifield in the league on Saturday and are at Eastbourne in the second round of the T20 Cup on Sunday.