Goring take plenty of positives from draw

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GORING Cricket Club remained bottom of Sussex League Division 2 on Saturday despite dominating their draw at fellow strugglers Chichester on Saturday.

Goring won the toss at their second-from-bottom opponents, batted first and rattled along to reach 303-3 which they declared on after 49.2 overs as Sam Thorns and Shane de Beer both struck centuries.

Opening batsman Thorns finished unbeaten on 122 and de Beer hit 107, with his hundred coming up off just 73 balls.

Andrew Baumann also hit 28 and Barnaby Lyons 23.

Goring took wickets at regular intervals throughout Chichester’s reply, before the hosts batted out the last ten overs, eight wickets down, for the draw.

Jay Hartard top-scored in the Chichester innings with 55 as left-arm spinner Aaron Wyatt moved on to 15 wickets for the season, with 5-67. Ellis Woolley also picked up 2-26 from nine overs.

Goring skipper Ben Cartwright said: “We were very good all day but we just couldn’t take the last couple of wickets.

“We had ten overs bowling at them but it was a very good pitch to bat on. We took eight wickets and they probably gifted us six of them.

“We didn’t feel confident declaring too early as we’d have looked silly if we’d lost the game, so we gave them 50 overs. They only scored 20 in the last ten overs, though, as their two batsmen did a job for their team.

“Sam and Shane had earlier batted very well and both innings were chanceless. They were both two very good innings and there was an air of inevitability about both of them getting hundreds throughout their innings.

“Aaron Wyatt then bowled very well and picked up five more wickets. He bowled 17 overs on the bounce and fully deserved his five wickets.”

Goring entertain Billingshurst on Saturday.