GORING Cricket Club are relishing their start to life in Division 2 of the Sussex League.
Their two-wicket win at Stirlands on Saturday saw them collect their second 30-point win of the season, and captain Dan Pittham is delighted they are showing their worth so early in the season.
Pittham said: “I don’t think we can complain at all. If someone had said to me after four games we’d have two maximum 30 pointers and a high scoring draw, I would have definitely taken it.
“It’s good we are showing that we can beat teams. It’s also very satisfying to see we are not out of our depth. We are all a year older and I can only see us getting better throughout the season.
“Our aim was always to stay up this year and that won’t change, and we’ll be ecstatic if we do.
“Not many teams have done it, Glynde obviously have but even Billingshurst who dominated Division 3 went up last year and came straight back down.”
On Saturday, having won the toss, they stuck in Glynde, who had Tim Robinson to thank that they put up any sort of score at all as he scored 106, which included 12 fours and five sixes.
He was one of only three batsmen to get into or past double figures, as Jonathan Phillmore hit 24 and William Gubbins made 13, as they spluttered their way to 179 all out in 44.1 overs.
Goring’s bowling figures made decent reading as Rowan Bezuidenhout (4-33) and Ellis Woolley (2-13) took care of the top order, while Matt Keen’s 3-48 dismantled the middle, before Bezuidenhout returned to claim the final two wickets.
Goring’s reply got off to a shaky start as Adam Coutts was dismissd for a duck, but Keen (37) and Cartwright (50) steadied the ship.
Wickets then began to fall but Bezuidenhout held things together with 39. However, with wickets still falling, Robin Marriott’s 16 and Kieran Leeming’s eight steered them home after 48.4 overs.
Pittham said: “With the way they had batted the last two weeks, we thought we had a chance at bowling them out cheapily, which proved correct and we would have got them for even less, if it wasn’t for their one guy.”
On their chase, he said: “We were getting a bit twitchy towards the end and a little nervous. Rowan is much more of a bat than we thought he would be and is very reliable.
“Ben’s 50 was priceless and Keeno (Matt Keen) opened the batting well. He applies himself more when he opens as I think he enjoys the responsibility.”