Worthing thrash promotion rivals

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WORTHING Cricket Club captain Michael Gould says his side cannot take their foot off the pedal, despite moving 69 points clear at the top of Sussex League Division 2.

Worthing thrashed promotion rivals Haywards Heath by nine wickets on Saturday for their eighth win in 10 league games and Gould said: “We’re looking really strong at the moment and are in a very strong position.

“But we can’t take our foot off the pedal. Cuckfield and Haywards Heath are both very good teams and I’m sure Haywards Heath will bounce back and push us all the way.”

Heath won the toss and elected to bat on Saturday but were all out for just 135 in 45.5 overs.

Fynn Hudson-Prentice top-scored with 39 but off-spinner Benn Challen picked up his third five-wicket haul of the season and moved on to 30 wickets for the season with 5-17 from 10 overs.

Andy Lutwyche picked up four more wickets to move onto 28 and Luke Vinter took the other wicket to fall.

Worthing then knocked off the runs with relative ease. Dominic Clapp fell for 23 after a 49-run openning stand with Gould, who finished unbeaten on 63 after hitting 10 fours and one six from 110 balls.

Challen finished 35 not out after an unbroken 90-run stand with Gould, who said: “It was a very good performance.

“We would have batted first if we’d won the toss, although the wicket didn’t play as well as we thought it would, although around 240 would have been a good score.

“We bowled in really good areas and just bowled well at them. Lutters bowled a lot of slower balls and cutters and Benn picked up five wickets.

“They then opened their bowling with a spinner and we played him well and just got our runs from the other end.

“My innings was the best I’ve batted this season and Clappy batted really well before he nicked one, it hit the keeper on his shoulder and looped to slip, who caught him.

“Benn then came in and he’s been in great form and as soon as we’d got to about 60-1, their heads started to drop.

“We’ve showed again how strong we are as we didn’t have Ollie Rogers or Darryl Rebbetts on Saturday and we beat the team second in the table quite comfortably.

“I really can’t fault any of the boys this season. Everyone has contributed and done all the right things.”

Worthing travel to Glynde, who they drew with earlier in the season, on Saturday.