WORTHING Cricket Club continue to lead the way in Sussex League Division 2 following an emphatic eight-wicket win over Crowhurst Park on Saturday.
John Glover’s side have a two-point lead at the top, after picking up three wins from their opening four matches.
Worthing have performed well with the ball so far this season and that continued against Crowhurst.
Martyn Swift was the stand-out performer after Worthing won the toss and elected to bowl as he took four for nine from six overs to help dismiss Crowhurst for just 113.
Worthing then knocked the runs off in only 17.2 overs as Matthew Green top-scored with 36.
Skipper Glover has been impressed with the way his team have started the season and said: “It’s been a good start to the season for us on the whole.
“Obviously, last week was not the best of results losing out to Hastings but the response from that was great.
“I said to the players beforehand to just forget about that and go out and put in a good showing.
“We did that and to bowl them out for 113 was a fantastic effort.
“Our bowling is really strong and, so far this season, we have performed well in that department.
“To then knock the runs off in 17.2 overs was great. Each of the four batsmen scored at basically a run a ball.
“It was a good win for us and it’s important we carry this form on now.”
Crowhurst struggled with the bat and fell to 11 for four after Clive Tong, Dale Payne, Jon Peters and Ed Smissen all went in quick succession.
Bradley Payne and Cameron Flanagan (ten) got their side back on track as they put on 42 for the fifth wicket. Payne eventually went for 30, before number ten Paul Brookes hit 26 not out as Crowhurst were all out for 113 in 48 overs.
Swift stole the show with his four wickets, Jamie Piper ended with three for 14 from eight overs and Glover took two for 14 off ten overs.
Worthing’s opening pair of Green and Josh Wood got the hosts off to a flyer.
Wood hit 34 from 33 balls, while Green made 36 off 33 deliveries as they put on 68 for the first wicket.
Nick Oxley finished 23 not out and Benn Challen was unbeaten on 13 as Worthing reached 115 for two in just 17.2 overs.
Worthing travel to sixth-placed Lindfield on Saturday.
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