Broadwater are enjoying their cricket in solid start

Broadwater opener Graham Waller top-scored with 68 on Saturday
Broadwater opener Graham Waller top-scored with 68 on Saturday

BROADWATER Cricket Club have got the fun factor back into their game and it seems to be paying dividends at this early stage of the season.

Having already got their Division 2 campaign off to a winning start, they followed up last week’s weather-hit cancelled match with a home draw against Horsham Trinity on Saturday.

Having lost the toss and been put in, Broadwater made an excellent start with the bat.

Openers Graham Waller and Jamie Howick put on 78 for the first wicket, before Howick (24) was the first man out.

Waller then put on a stand of 43 with Mark Sinsbury (48) for the second wicket, before he was out for 68, with the score on 121.

There were then a number of contributions all the way down the order which helped the home side to 212-7, which they declared on after 48.2 overs.

In reply, Broadwater quickly reduced their visitors to 22-2, but Jack Gold’s 29 helped stablise their innings, before he was trapped lbw by Steve Waller (2-29) with the score on 66.

Number four Steve Cox was the mainstay of Trinity’s innings as he hit 88, before he was eighth man out with the score on 163.

Penultimate pair Elliott Stanbridge and Andrew Roussos then batted out the final overs for ten and 11 not out, respectively, as they closed on 182-8.

Howick claimed 2-13 in the Broadwater attack.

Broadwater captain Paul O’Sullivan said: “It was a good game played in good spirits. We posted 212 and Graham Waller batted exceptionally well as did Mark Sinsbury and I thought it was a competitive total.

“Horsham Trinity went for it until there were five overs to go. It was a good bowling performance from Fitzoy Hodges and Jamie Witten, who opened up well and were followed by Jamie Howick and Steve. It was a good all-round performance and very enjoyable.”

On their start, O’Sullivan added: “It’s a bit early to be looking at the table for us at the moment, we are more happy about playing teams in games in good spirits and we are enjoying it, which is most important.”