Worthing frustrated in Bexhill stalemate

Andy Reid
Andy Reid

WORTHING Cricket Club suffered a frustrating day with both bat and ball on Saturday as they dropped closer to the relegation zone after a stalemate with Bexhill.

Having been inserted by their opponents, Worthing managed to hit 205-8 on a slow wicket, battling against Bexhill’s spinners.

While then they faced a blocking-inspired lower order for 20 overs as Bexhill kept their bats straight to end on 159-8.

The result saw Worthing leapforgged by Brighton and now sit just 12 points above the Premier Division relegation zone in their maiden season back in the top flight.

Captain Darryl Rebbetts admitted that survival is their sole aim and they will be taking it a game at a time to get points on the board.

He said: “They target us just to stay up this year. We have East Grinstead Saturday, which will be very tough, although we have John Glover back which is a plus for us.

“Then it’s onto crunch games with Eastbourne and Brighton and Hove.”

On Saturday, Rebbetts had to make do with 12 points, but said: “I thought we could have got more from it, it was one of those days, really.

“They stuck us in bat, we knew they would put us in if they won they toss as they aren’t too strong and would want to restrict us and then knock it off.

“They bowled their spinners for 45/50 overs, it was so frustrating really, and with about 20 overs left with their main batsmen gone they were going for the draw.

“Andy Reid bowled really well, coming in against their spinners. They were looking to frustrate us bowling around the wicket to right-handers.

“They were bowling to take dot balls rather than wickets and it’s a tactic which has worked for them this season. It was hard to score against their spinners and then hard to take their wickets, especially without John Glover, so it was frustrating all round.”

Reid’s unbeaten 75 was the highlight of Worthing’s innings as he and Bradley James (31) put on 117 for the first wicket.

Four wickets in quick succession saw them fall to 124-4, before Ian Gooding (15), John Kaye (18) and Stuart Carter (25) steadied the ship, while Andy Lutwyche added 12 not out as they finished on 205-8.

Jamie Bristow-Diamond claimed the best figures from the vistors’ attack with 5-43.

A slow response from Bexhill, saw Shawn Johnson make 15 off 50 balls and Andrew Harriott 28 off 47.

With Benn Challen 4-42 and Mason Crane 3-49 making the break throughs with the ball, wickets began to fall. Tim Hambridged upped the rate with 49, but with him dismissed with the score on 133-6, it was the end of any real assault from the visitors.

Cameron Burgon made 31 not out from 71 balls and Bristow Diamond was unbeaten on one having faced 14 balls, as they finished on 159-8.