Worthing edge closer to title and promotion

Action from Worthing's draw with Stirlands on Saturday.
Action from Worthing's draw with Stirlands on Saturday.

WORTHING Cricket Club are left needing just two points for promotion and 13 for the title in their final Sussex League Division 2 game of the season on Saturday.

Skipper Michael Gould admitted he was left extremely disappointed as they missed out on the title at the weekend after just managing a draw against relegation-threatened Stirlands.

A win would have seen them clinch the title, but now they face third-placed Bexhill on Saturday, meaning there is still an outside chance of Worthing not sealing promotion.

Gould said: “It was another disappointing game, where having pulled it back we didn’t bat well enough to win it or show enough intensity with the bat.

“We have put it in our own hands although it’ll be nailbiting. I hope we can get at least two points from a game of cricket. I’ll be very surprised if we don’t. At the end of the day, we’re looking for two points to get promoted, which was our aim at the start of the season.

“Obviously, we want to win it, and needing 13 points, you’d hope we would, especially as I have a lot of seniors back with me this week, as well as an opening bowler in Andy Lutwyche.”

Stirlands raced away on Saturday, as Nicholas Hunt (48) and Nick Gubbins (67) put on 114 for the first wicket, and Alex Garlick then added 34. Worthing turned to their spinners Benn Challen (4-66) and Gould (5-48) to claw back the game and they dismissed Stirlands for 215 all out.

A slow start for Worthing saw them reduced to 67-5, before Andy Reid with 69 from 78 balls, and Stuart Carter (49), picked up the score and run-rate, however they finished 22 runs short on 193-5.