GORING Cricket Club lost their opening league match of the season by 60 runs at home to Ifield on Saturday.
The hosts won the toss and put Ifield into bat and appeared to be going along well when they reduced the visitors to 60-5.
However, Ifield captain Clayton Caltsounis struck 59, from just 61 balls, with seven fours and two sixes, to help his side reach 154, before they were bowled out with one ball to go in their innings.
Returning South African overseas player Shane de Beer took 4-29 from 11 overs for Goring, while Ross Baumann claimed 3-18 and there was a wicket each for Ellis Woolley, Barnaby Lyons and Chris Geere.
Goring were undone by Raza Ali in their reply as they were all out for just 94 in 32.5 overs.
Ali took 5-20 from 14 overs as he dismissed four of Goring’s top five batsmen.
Alex Maynard top-scored with a run-a-ball 31, while de Beer (18), Sam Thorns (16) and Kieran Leeming (11) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures.
Goring captain Ben Cartwright felt Caltsounsis’ innings was the difference between the two sides and said: “He batted very well, scored his runs at nearly a run-a-ball, and his innings was the difference between the two sides.
“We had them 60-5 when we took tea after 27 overs and we were speaking then that if we could get them all out for around 100, that we’d be happy.
“But then they had a partnership which took them up to a good total.
“We said beforehand that around 140 would have been a good total on the wicket as it was a slow outfield and you didn’t get value for runs.
“Everyone bowled well, though, throughout their innings. Shane bowled well and picked up four wickets, Ellis and Ross bowled tightly at the start, Barney picked up a wicket with his first ball and Chris also bowled well and kept it tight.
“At this level, you need partnerships to win games but we just didn’t have any.
“Raza Ali bowled very well again for them and he’s done that to us five times in the last six times we’ve played them as he’s very difficult to score against.”
Goring travel to local rivals Worthing on Saturday and Cartwright said: “It’s going to be a tough one but, hopefully, it will be a good game.”