Worthing secure Premier status

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IT WAS mission accomplished, just, for Worthing Cricket Club as they preserved their Premier Division status on Saturday by the skin of their teeth.

It has been a tough season on their return to the Sussex League top flight and it went all the way down to the wire in final-day drama. But Worthing managed to scrape five points from their eight-wicket defeat at Chichester as they limped to 162 all out with the bat.

Those precious points proved enough to keep them up, as, even though Eastbourne secured a maximum point victory over Roffey, they finished two points shy of safety and were relegated along with Bexhill.

Eastbourne had attempted to bolster their side by bringing in ex-Test player Mohammed Akram for the final few games, but it was a decision that ultimately proved costly as his level three breach of discipline led to his side being deducted five points.

Worthing captain Darryl Rebbetts was delighted to secure safety and is looking to now push on next year.

He said: “It was similar to last year on the last day, with nerves, as then we tried to get over the finish line for promotion. We did what was required, really, and we’re looking to be better and improved next year. We’ll be looking to strengthen the team and bring in a few new faces for next year.

“We want an overseas player and we’re going to try to bring Matt (Norris) back who played for us earlier in the year. It’s been a tough season, we have had a few injury problems – John Glover has been missing and we lost Luke Vinter for a few games and Mason Crane through school commitments.

“We want a new bowler, who will be able to bowl all the way through for us all season and want to push Benn Challen up the order from three. It’s been tough, but coming up and staying up is the hardest thing to do, so we are pleased.”

For a match report from Worthing’s final game of the season see this week’s Herald.