Worthing seal derby success at Goring

Andy Lutwyche took four wickets for Worthing in their win at Goring
Andy Lutwyche took four wickets for Worthing in their win at Goring

WORTHING Cricket Club returned to winning ways with a four-wicket win away to local rivals Goring on Saturday.

Before the victory, Worthing had failed to record a win in six matches, since beating Findon back in May.

Heavy rain in the morning had left the pitch in a sodden state, so play got underway just over an hour late, at the delayed time of 2.15pm.

Once the match started, it was Worthing who began the better of the two teams as they had the hosts 8-2 early on and then later reduced Goring to 59-4.

Kieran Leeming (42) did manage to get some much-needed runs for his side and push the total up, although Goring were all out for 123 in 35.5 overs.

Andy Lutwyche produced a fine spell of bowling to help skittle Goring out as he finished with figures of 4-29 from six overs, while Benn Challen and Corey Altis both claimed two wickets apiece.

Worthing’s reply began well as opener Matthew Green smashed 29 from just 16 balls to get his side off to a flyer.

After losing their first wicket with the score on 38, the visitors then slipped to 47-3.

However, Challen followed up his two wickets with a quickfire 38 to see his side to victory.

Worthing captain Luke Vinter spoke of his relief at picking up the win and said: “It feels great to get a win.

“They did well to get the game on as the wicket was soaked.

“It was an important toss to win and, for the first two wickets, the wicket assisted us.

“But, after that, the bowlers bowled really well to skittle them out for that total.

“We came out positive with the bat and luckily we managed to knock off the total and get the win.”

It proved to be a disappointing day for Goring, who now find themselves 41 points adrift of safety at the bottom of Division 2, having picked up just one win all year.

Goring skipper Alex Maynard said: “We did not get enough runs on the board, we needed at least 30 or 40 more runs.

“It was a good bowling display but we did not get enough runs on the board.

“Our batting has let us down once again. We seem to get off to good starts but then just capitulate and lose our wickets cheaply.”

Worthing, who remain fourth in the table, travel to fourth-from-bottom Crow-
hurst Park on Saturday, while Goring are away to third-placed St James’s.