Goring enjoy league and cup success

Ollie Watkins
Ollie Watkins

GORING Cricket Club enjoyed an excellent weekend as they won their first league match of the season on Saturday and then progressed into the quarter-finals of the Twenty20 Cup on Sunday.

Goring moved up four places to fifth in Sussex League Division 3 on Saturday after a six-wicket win away to Haywards Heath.

The hosts elected to bat first after winning the toss but were bowled out for just 130 in 37.5 overs as Ellis Woolley starred with the ball for Goring.

He claimed 6-32 from 13.5 overs and Ross Baumann took 2-38 off eight overs as captain Callum Smith top-scored with 63 for Haywards Heath.

Tashoffi Shams (22), Hannah Phelps (16 not out) and Alex Crowther (13) were the only other Haywards Heath players to get into double figures.

Goring struggled at the start of their reply as they lost four quick wickets. Captain Alex Maynard was run out by Crowther for eight and Sam Thorns, Chris Bird and Robin Marriott were all out for ducks to leave them 20-4.

However, half-centuries from Danny Pittham and Barnaby Lyons guided Goring to victory in 27.2 overs. Lyons finished unbeaten on 57 and Pittham hit 56 not out.

The following day, Goring cruised into the last eight of the Gray-Nicolls Twenty20 Cup with a 120-run win away to Stirlands.

Goring were all out for 162 in 19.2 overs as Sam Thorns led the way with a half-century, before they dismissed Stirlands for only 42 in 10.5 overs. Ollie Watkins claimed four wickets and John Coutts picked up three.

Goring will entertain Burgess Hill in the quarter-finals on July 5. In the other quarter-final ties, Horsham or Roffey will host East Grinstead, Preston Nomads entertain Bexhill and Middleton are at home to Ifield.

Goring captain Alex Maynard said: “The weekend couldn’t have gone much better.

“We were happy to be chasing 130 on Saturday after we bowled well.

“We then had a Goring wobble at the start of our innings but we have a long batting order and Dan and Barnie both batted well.

“Our second and third teams also won on Saturday, so there was a nice feel around the club and we took that confidence into the game on Sunday.”

On Saturday, Goring entertain second-from-bottom Rottingdean in the league.

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