Goring cruise to victory to close the gap on leaders

Barnaby Lyons struck 68 in Goring's win at home to St James's on Saturday
Barnaby Lyons struck 68 in Goring's win at home to St James's on Saturday

GORING Cricket Club recorded their third comprehensive win in a row at the weekend and will go into their local derby at Findon on Saturday in high spirits.

Goring remain second in Sussex League Division 2, although narrowed the gap on Eastbourne to 16 points after the leaders drew at home to Ifield.

And the draw between third-placed Bexhill and fourth-placed Findon saw Goring edge further points clear of the chasing pair.

Thoughts now turn to the local derby, with Goring eager to get revenge on Findon after the Long Furlong side’s win earlier in the season.

Goring skipper Ben Cartwright said: “We look to win every game but are desperate to win this one and all of the boys are looking forward to it.

“After the disappointment of losing at home, we’re looking for a bit of revenge so, hopefully, we’ll get the win this time.”

For the third successive week, Goring had victory wrapped up by 5pm on Saturday.

St James’s batted first after winning the toss and lost wickets at regular intervals throughout their innings as they were all out for 111 in 43 overs.

Goring then got home in just 19 overs as Barnaby Lyons blasted 68 at the top of the order. He had stands worth 46 for the first wicket with Sam Thorns (13) and 63 for the second wicket with de Beer (12 not out).

After Lyons fell, Dan Pittham struck two boundaries to take Goring to victory.

Full report in this week’s paper.