Worthing beat Findon to take derby-day honours

Worthing appeal for a wicket
Worthing appeal for a wicket

WORTHING Cricket Club continued their fine form of late with a 68-run victory over local rivals Findon at The Manor Ground on Saturday.

Leg-spinner Mason Crane proved to be the star of the show for the hosts as he claimed 6-27 from ten overs as Findon were skittled out for just 90 in quick time.

The win is Worthing’s third in a row, although they remain in fourth place, 48 points behind second-placed Billingshurst, who Worthing travel to on Saturday, in Sussex League Division 2.

After losing the toss and being put into bat, the hosts got off to a bright start with Matthew Green (42) and Bradley James (23) putting on 62 for the first wicket.

But, following the strong start, Worthing’s batting collapsed as they lost all ten wickets for just 96 runs, with just Benn Challen (20), Gareth Challen (23) and Corey Altis (28) reaching double figures.

Left-arm spinner Harry Metters was the star with the ball for Findon as he finished with figures of 7-43 from 17 overs as Worthing were all out for 158 in 46.2 overs.

Metters moved on to 25 wickets for the season and is joint fifth leading wicket-taker in the division.

Findon would have been confident of chasing down their target at the halfway point. But they would not have been expecting what was to come as they crashed to 41-8.

Sam Mannings (22) top-scored in the innings and Curtis Howell (13) did provide some resistance as they put on 43 for the ninth wicket, before Findon were all out for 90 in just 20 overs.

Crane was the top bowler for Worthing and he was well supported by Nick Ballamy, with 3-27, as they recorded a 68-run win.

Worthing vice-captain Benn Challen was pleased with his side’s victory and said: “It was a really good win.

“We gave a few of our wickets away with the bat but we knew if we could get to 150 we had a chance of defending it.

“The track was dry and the spinners proved to be difficult to face and Mason bowled really well.”

Findon captain James Iago was disappointed with his side’s showing with the bat and said: “It was a disappointing result, having performed exceptionally well with the ball.

“It was incredibly disappointing not to compete with the bat and score what was a relatively average score.

“Harry bowled extremely well for his seven wickets and was supported by Graham Manser, who took 1-16 off 12.

“We lost wickets on a regular basis and were never in the game. We must now put this game behind us and focus on the remaining fixtures.

“The next two games are massive for us, against Crowhurst Park and Goring. I will be looking to get two wins to, hopefully, give us a little breathing space from the relegation places.”