Bowling attack leads Broadwater to second league win in a row
Broadwater made it two Division 3 West wins on the spin as they picked up a five-wicket home victory over Littlehampton, Clapham & Patching on Saturday.
Graham Merritt-Blann (4-32) and Benn Challen (3-20) did the damage with the ball for Broadwater as Littlehampton were bowled all out for 166 in 41.2 overs.
The hosts picked off the required total, scoring 167-5 off 36.2 overs, as Paul O’Sullivan topscored (45). Victory pushed Broadwater up to fifth in the table after five games.
Captain Nigel Waller was delighted to pick up a second consecutive win and felt the tough nature of the league meant ‘every point they get will be vital’.
He said: “(It was) another good win and important to get back-to-back victories. It’s looking like this will be a very tight league so every point we can get will be vital.
“All the bowlers bowled well with Blanny (Graham Merritt-Blann) and Benn taking seven wickets and Sully (Paul O’Sullivan) taking a couple. We were pleased to restrict them to 160 odd.
“Graham (Waller) and Sully built a very solid platform and, although we lost a few wickets in quick succession, Joel (Lewis) and Ian (Gooding)’s partnership was what we needed to get us over the line.”
The loss of Louis Paul (16) to the rampant Merritt-Blann saw Littlehampton falter, as the Broadwater bowling attack reduced the away side from 102-2 to 115-5.
Ally James (35) at four was proving to be a real thorn in the host’s side but he was the only other batsman to score more than ten as Littlehampton’s final total was well below par.
A 90-run opening wicket partnership from Graham Waller (38) and O’Sullivan (45) set Broadwater’s innings up nicely before Waller was bowled by Nathan Perry (2-23).
O’Sullivan could only add another ten to the total before Broadwater experienced a wobble - going 100-2 to 118-4.
Lewis (36*) and Gooding (17) steadied the ship as they took the hosts just three runs from victory. Gooding lost his wicket leaving Lewis to strike the winning runs.
Broadwater host table-topping Steyning on Saturday and captain Waller said: “Steyning are top, so will doubtless be very strong. We have to keep performing as we have done for the last couple of games.”