WORTHING Cricket Club remain third in Sussex League Division 2 after a four-wicket defeat at Ifield on Saturday.
Worthing were put into bat after losing the toss and opening batsmen Andy Reid and Matthew Green got them off to a strong start with a 82-run stand.
Green was first to go when he was out for 42, off 51 balls, and Reid was second man out when he was bowled by Aamer Riaz after hitting ten fours in his 60 off 87 deliveries.
Quick wickets then fell to leave Worthing 131-6, before Ian Gooding and Corey Altis shared an unbeaten 99-run stand which enabled Worthing to declare three overs early on 230-6.
Australian Altis finished unbeaten on 57 as he smashed three fours and five sixes off 47 balls, while Gooding struck 42 from 61 deliveries, with four fours.
Riaz was the pick of the Ifield bowlers with 5-63 from 14 overs.
Ifield had plenty of steady partnerships throughout their reply as Jack Groves top-scored with 54.
He was fourth man out with the score on 155 and Delray Rawlins (22) fell on the same score.
Clayton Caltsounis was out for 28 with the score on 202, before Greg Barton, with 42 not out from 32 balls, and Joe Smith, with six not out, took Ifield to victory with four balls to spare.
Jamie Piper and Benn Challen both took two wickets each for Worthing.
Worthing captain Luke Vinter said: “It was disappointing to lose and, as captain, I hold my hands up as we lost because of my declaration.
“With the way Corey and Ian were batting, we wouldn’t have lost if we’d batted out our overs. But the best way for us to win was for them to play their shots and go for the win themselves and that’s what they did and it was an exciting game.
“I’d do the same again but they just batted fairly well.”
Worthing host second-placed St James’s on Saturday and Vinter said: “It’s third against second, so it’s a big game. We just need to try to string three or four wins together to get ourselves in a good position.”