WORTHING Cricket Club captain Darryl Rebbetts was satisfied to take 12 points on Saturday from a Preston Nomads side that he believes will win the Premier Division.
Aims could not be different for the two sides with Nomads leading the way in the league after their six-wicket win at the weekend, while Brighton & Hove’s 11 points from their defeat against Sussex Development on Sunday saw Worthing drop to the bottom of the table.
On Saturday, Malcolm Lake top scored for the home side at the Manor Ground after they won the toss and opted to bat.
The opening batsman made 74, while Ian Gooding added 59 as they completed their overs with 233-8.
In reply, good knocks throughout the Nomads’ order saw them come home for victory with 234-4 in 48.2 overs.
They put on an opening partnership of 62 through Angus Stewart (33) and Hugh Finzel (23), before Robert Wakeford added a half century. But, it was a fifth-wicket stand 58 between Patrick Spencer (52*) and Jeremy Green (39*) which saw them home.
Andy Lutwyche (2-42) and Luke Vinter (2-45) were the pick of the Worthing attack.
Rebbetts, who just a couple of week’s ago had hopes of a top-five finish, is now targeting victory against the teams in a similar position to themselves, while picking up as many points as possible against the top sides.
He said: “It was a comfortable win for them as our bowling was just not strong enough to bowl them out on a pretty flat Worthing wicket.
“We’ll take the positives, though, they are top of the league and will comfortably go on to win it – 12 points is pretty positive.
“Brighton and Three Bridges both scored similar points in their games. The placings will come down to games against them not the teams at the top of the league
“Scoring 225 to get ten points was always the plan for us, we had no spinners either really which was always going to be a problem.”
Rebbetts added: “It was also positive the way we batted. Ian and Malcolm did well and they have not scored too many runs this year, so it was good to see them doing well.”
Benn Challen will return for Worthing in their bottom-of-the-table clash at Brighton on Saturday after missing three weeks with broken ribs.