Goring well-placed heading into run-in

Matt Keen
Matt Keen

IT remained as you were at the top of the Sussex League Division 2 table on Saturday after the top four all won.

Second-placed Goring cruised to a nine-wicket win at home to Glynde & Beddingham to remain 16 points behind leaders Eastbourne and are now 23 points ahead of third-placed Bexhill. Fourth-placed Findon also won and are 55 points behind Goring.

Goring skipper Ben Cartwright believes things are nicely poised for an exciting end to the season –as they still have Eastbourne and Bexhill to play – and said: “Maybe three wins from our remaining four games will be enough to go up but you never know.

“There’s no easy games in this league. All we know is that if we win all four, we’ll probably win the league, while three wins will give us a chance.

“This is a big weekend coming up as we’re at Ifield and Eastbourne and Bexhill play each other.

“Ifield are a good side at home but it’s important for us to pick up 30 points to keep the pressure on both Eastbourne and Bexhill.”

Goring won the toss and elected to bowl first on Saturday. An excellent bowling and fielding performance saw the hosts dismiss Glynde out for just 131 in 40.2 overs.

Stuart Mouland’s 35 was Glynde’s top score, while opening batsman Chris Stanyard hit 32.

Matt Keen, Shane de Beer and Aaron Wyatt all picked up three wickets each, before Goring chased down the total in only 16.4 overs.

Sam Thorns and Keen had Goring rattling along at ten an over for the first six overs of their reply. They put on 95 for the first wicket, before Keen was out for 64, which came from just 40 balls and included ten fours and two sixes.

Thorns finished unbeaten on a run-a-ball 36 and de Beer struck 23 not out, with five fours, as they eased Goring to a nine-wicket victory.

Cartwright said: “Glynde are a good team, although they have been struggling a bit this year.

“We won the toss and put them in but it wasn’t a 130-all out pitch. We just bowled very well and took some excellent catches.

“If they’d scored 230, maybe they’d have been in the game.

“Chasing a low score, we got off to a quick start and had 50 inside the sixth over and that just put the pressure all on them as Keeno batted brilliantly.

“It sets us up nicely for the last four games.”

Opening batsman Barnaby Lyons is back available for Goring on Saturday.