WORTHING Cricket Club paid the price for dropping Sussex batsman Luke Wells on Saturday as he proved the difference in Eastbourne’s 115-run win.
It was Eastbourne’s first Sussex League Premier Division victory of the season, although they remain bottom of the table.
Wells struck 130 at a run-a-ball but Worthing captain Darryl Rebbetts was left ruing a missed opportunity for his side as they dropped the Sussex batsman in the first over when he was yet to score.
Wells’ century helped his side to 227-7 where they declared, before dismissing the hosts for just 112.
Rebbetts said: “He (Wells) was the difference and, unfortunately, we dropped him on zero in the first over.
“It was a real shame as it would have set the tone for the game. Their batting wasn’t at all strong, shown by their league position.
“I think if we’d have got him (Wells) then the rest would have come.
“We were quite pleased with chasing 227 as we restricted them quite well but it started raining about 10 overs into our innings which didn’t help.
“They bowled well, too, but it’s a shame as it was one game we were targeting to win.”
Having won the toss, Worthing stuck in the visitors and Wells got them off to a flying start after initially riding his luck.
His 130 came through 15 fours and two sixes and the score was on 190, when he was run out by Rebbetts.
Aaron Mullins added 55 and Jamie Goddard 18 not out as they were the only three to make double figures.
Luke Vinter led the way with the ball, claiming 3-55, while John Glover finished with 2-52 and Benn Challen 1-66.
Worthing never really got going in reply as they spluttered to just 112, with the extras column proving the highest contributor with 19.
Opener Michael Gould made 18, while Challen added 16 and Ian Gooding 17 before they were both removed by former Sussex paceman Ed Giddins, who finished with figures of 4-28.
Ollie Rogers, with 13 not out, was the only other batsman to make double figures.
Worthing now face table-topping Hastings on Saturday.