Worthing only have themselves to blame

Action from Worthing's match with Roffey
Action from Worthing's match with Roffey

WORTHING Cricket Club veteran Andy Lutwyche admitted his side only had themselves to blame after a 110-run defeat to fellow strugglers Roffey on Saturday.

Worthing’s batting struggles continued as they were all out for just 82, chasing 193 to win. The club added an extra batting session at The County Ground, Hove, to this week’s training as they bid to move off the bottom of the Sussex League Premier Division table and out of the bottom two.

They are 27 points behind third-from-bottom Brighton & Hove and Lutwyche said: “We’d bowled really well and were quite happy to be chasing 192 as we’d wanted to keep them to 180, so we were pretty close to doing that.

“But then it was as per normal with the bat. We can’t blame the pitch or anything, they bowled well and we got ourselves out.

“We can’t do this every week and expect to prosper – we only have ourselves to blame.

“We’ve still got games left that we can potentially win, so that’s what we’ve got to try to do. There’s still a good atmosphere at the club, everyone is still having a laugh with each other but we’ve just been gutted about the results.

“We added an extra batting session in this week, so we’re putting the effort in and, hopefully, it will pay off at home to Horsham on Saturday.”

Worthing won the toss and put the visitors, who started the day third-from-bottom and just 15 points ahead of Worthing, into bat.

Matthew Green got the breakthrough when he had Daniel Smith caught by wicketkeeper Ian Gooding for 18 and Lutwyche then took two quick wickets, which left Roffey 54-3.

Harry Dunn ended a 50-run fourth-wicket stand when he had Mike Norris lbw for 26, before Roffey added 70 for the fifth wicket.

The dismissal of Matt Davies for 29 then led to a batting collapse as Roffey lost their last six wickets for just 18 runs, with top-scorer Rohit Jagota, who hit 71, the eighth man out.

Luke Vinter took the final three wickets as he claimed 4-49 off 49 overs.

Worthing lost Sussex batsman Matt Machan for a duck in the first over of their reply and Andy Reid was out for five with the score on ten.

Green (24) and captain Darryl Rebbetts (31) put on 44 for the third wicket and both were still in at the mid-innings drinks break when Worthing needed 130 to win from 30 overs.

However, after the drinks break, both soon fell and Benn Challen, with 16, was the only other batsman to make double figures as Worthing were all out for 82 in 36.4 overs.