Worthing ease to win in season’s opener

Worthing's Matthew Green hits out against Stirlands on Saturday
Worthing's Matthew Green hits out against Stirlands on Saturday

WORTHING Cricket Club eased into the second round of the Sussex League T20 Cup on Saturday with a 76-run victory at home to division-lower Stirlands.

Matthew Green top-scored with 54 and Andy Reid hit 46 as Worthing posted 136-4, before Stirlands were restricted to 60-9 in their reply as Australian Corey Altis, Jamie Piper and Mason Crane all took two wickets.

Worthing captain Luke Vinter said: “It’s nice to get our first win on the board.

“Although we’ll be playing stronger sides when the league season gets underway, I was really pleased with how ruthless we were.

“It was a very hard wicket to score on as it was wet and slow, so our total was a big score on that wicket.

“It was fantastic to see how Matt and Andy applied themselves. Normally in a T20 game, batsmen down the order will go in and try to score as quickly as possible but it just wasn’t possible.

“We then got early wickets and bowled well. It was good for a few bowlers to get some overs under their belt.”

Worthing batted first after Vinter won the toss and Reid and Green put on 97 for the first wicket.

Green was stumped by Stuart Hanks off Jake Wadey’s bowling after hitting 54 from 47 balls, with four fours and one six.

Sam Jones struck a quickfire 18, before he and Reid fell in quick succession.

Nick Oxley was also dismissed as Worthing finished their 20 overs on 136-4.

Struan Cameron, with 35, was the only Stirlands batsman to get into double figures in their reply.

The wickets were shared around by Worthing’s bowlers as Altis, Piper and Crane, who was available after his Hampshire match was called off, took two each and Vinter and Oxley claimed one apiece.

Worthing have been drawn away to Eastbourne in the second round (June 15).