NEW Goring Cricket Club captain Alex Maynard is aiming for Sussex League Division 2 survival after a 86-run defeat away to runaway leaders Middleton on Saturday.
Maynard took over as captain last week, after Ben Cartwright stepped down. Goring are bottom of the table, 21 points behind third-from-bottom Crowhurst Park and Maynard said: “Our aim pretty much now is to stay up.
“We’ve just got to take each game as it comes, start enjoying our cricket again and get some confidence back.”
Goring bowled first after winning the toss at Middleton and the hosts made a strong start with a 116-run opening stand.
Sean Heather was first to fall for 76 after hitting 13 fours and one six, while his opening partner, Rob Willway, was out for 47, 13 runs later.
Jofra Archer added 67, with six fours and five sixes, and Will Burrows hit 50 not out, with eight fours and two sixes, as Middleton declared on 282-4 after 48 overs.
A number of contributions came throughout Goring’s innings as they were all out for 196 in 39.4 overs.
Shane de Beer top-scored with 47, while Sam Thorns hit 37, Barnaby Lyons struck 27 and Kieran Leeming scored 26.
Anthony Ender and Rob Willway picked up three wickets each for Middleton.
Maynard said: “I was pretty happy with the way we conducted ourselves.
“We were fairly happy at the halfway stage and gave it a good go but we just could have done with someone going on to get a hundred, or a couple of 60s or 70s, like they had in their innings.”
Goring travel to Ifield on Saturday.