Big Smash success for Worthing’s under-18s

Worthing under-18's side that won the T20 title
Worthing under-18's side that won the T20 title

WORTHING Cricket Club’s under-18 team are celebrating Sussex T20 success after they lifted the Santander under-18 Big Smash trophy on Sunday.

Worthing reached the Finals Day at The County Ground, Hove, after four victories in their Western-East group matches against Findon, Slinfold, Stirlands and Chippingdale.

In the semi-finals, Worthing posted 190-5 from their 20 overs against Seaford. Mason Crane smashed 77, with eight fours and three sixes, and Nick Ballamy hit 57, with eight fours and one six.

Seaford were restricted to 88-9 in their reply as Crane took 3-11 and Harry Dunn claimed 3-14.

In the final, which was played under lights, Worthing were up against Bexhill, who had overcome Findon, and bowled first after losing the toss.

Bexhill managed just 84-8 in their 20 overs as Dunn again starred with the ball as he took 4-14 and Martyn Swift picked up 2-24.

Worthing reached their target in 13 overs for the loss of three wickets as Nick Oxley struck 30 not out, Crane hit 30 and Harvey Von Biel scored 20.

Worthing Cricket Club chairman Tim Dunn was delighted as the under-18s claimed the title.

He said: “It was a really great day and it was brilliant to pick up the trophy.

“We faced Bexhill two years ago in the same age group category, but lost out under the lights at Hove, so to pick up the win over them in the final made the victory that much sweeter.

“The day as a whole was really enjoyable. We were put right in the middle of the square and everyone was really welcoming at the club.

“All the sides were well looked after and plenty of fans came along to cheer everyone on.”

Worthing fielded a team which included Oxley, Ballamy and Crane, who have all made appearances for the first-team this season.

Dunn added: “We had a really fantastic team for the tournament and a couple of our players have featured for our first team in Sussex League Division 2.

“But, as we had such a quality team, expectations were really high and it may have been difficult for the players to deal with, but fortunately, that was not the case.

“We are really lucky here at Worthing to have a bunch of really talented youngsters and they deserved this tournament win.”