Worthing edge closer to promotion places

Martyn Swift took two wickets in Worthing's win at Crowhurst Park on Saturday to move on to 22 for the season
Martyn Swift took two wickets in Worthing's win at Crowhurst Park on Saturday to move on to 22 for the season

WORTHING Cricket Club closed the gap on the Sussex League Division 2 promotion places with a five-wicket win away to bottom-of-the-table Crowhurst Park on Saturday.

The victory was Worthing’s first away from home since they won at Ifield in the opening game of the season.

The win moved Worthing up a place to third and they now trail second-placed Hastings, who drew with Pagham, by just seven points.

Leaders Lindfield remain 38 points ahead of Worthing after collecting all 30 points in a three-wicket win over Three Bridges, who dropped to fourth.

Worthing skipper John Glover said: “We’ve got some good momentum at the moment and hope to carry this form on for the rest of the season.

“We’re at home to Lindfield on Saturday, which is a big game. We’ve just got to keep picking up as many points as possible and hope the teams around us slip up.”

Crowhurst Park batted first after winning the toss and Worthing made early inroads to reduce the hosts to 10-3.

Fox Parker (eight) and Clive Tong (40) added 48 for the fourth wicket, before they both fell with the score on 58 and Cameron Christie also fell for a duck without any addition to the score.

Rakesh Patel’s dismissal left Crowhurst 68-7 but the hosts then rallied as Jon Day (37) added 45 for the eighth wicket with Colin Ayres, who then added 32 for the ninth wicket with Matt Peters.

Ayres fell for 41 from only 22 balls, before Paul Brookes was the last man out for a duck as Crowhurst were all out for 151 in 33.2 overs.

Jamie Piper led the way with 3-48 for Worthing, while Martyn Swift, Glover and Benn Challen all took two wickets and Shane Felton picked up one.

Worthing were always in control throughout their run chase and got home in 28.2 overs. Josh Wood top-scored with 46, while Challen hit 25 and Nick Ballamy finished unbeaten on 23.

Glover added: “We knew going into the game that it would be difficult as they drew at home to Lindfield a few weeks ago.

“Jamie and Shane set the tone early on as we had them 10-3. They got some runs lower down their order to get up to 151 but it was a good batting track and a good first innings score would have been 250 to 300.

“They bowled pretty well to take a couple of wickets but we got home pretty comfortably and it was a good win.”

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