Worthing secure victory over Chi

Michael Gould
Michael Gould

WORTHING Cricket Club recorded back-to-back victories for the first time this season on Saturday as they climbed up to sixth in the Sussex League Premier Division.

After victory over then leaders Hastings the previous weekend, Worthing captain Darryl Rebbetts and Michael Gould helped fire them to their third victory of the season with just three balls to spare thanks to stand-out batting displays against Chichester at the Manor Ground.

The returning Mason Crane then took charge with the ball – claiming 5-44 against the visiting batsmen.

Having lost the toss and been put into bat, opener Gould notched 55 from 47 balls, which included 10 fours, and got Worthing off to a good start in the first 15 overs, while fourth-man in Rebbetts, hit 68.

This was assisted by 16 from Matt Norris, but they were the only three of the home side’s batting line-up to make double figures as Worthing were all out for 183.

Adam Zampa returned the best figures for Chichester with 6-57.

Luke Vinter took the first three wickets in Chichester’s reply to reduce them to 51-3.

Chris Kirkham then ammassed 50 as he put on 76 for the fourth wicket with Zampa, but Crane claimed both in quick succession to start his haul of wickets and Benn Challen then saw off the tail with two wickets.

Rebbetts said: “We have really kicked on since the Eastbourne game. We had our strongest team back again as Mason Crane and Gouldy were back and we looked really good, to be honest.

“We got stuck in but, at the Manor Ground, you always want to bat first. It was hard to get in, as only three of our batsmen made double figures, but once you got your eye in, it was easier.

“I was pleased with my runs but Gouldy was good from the start. He’s always positive when he bats and gave us a quick start in the first 15 overs.

“We weren’t completely confident at the halfway stage and would have wanted about 200 to 225 but we always back our bowlers and they came through.”

Worthing, who returned to the Premier Division this season, could reach as high as third this weekend, with maximum wins in their two games.

They travel to leaders Preston Nomads on Saturday before hosting the Sussex Development XI the following day.

Rebbetts said: “Nomads is always going to be tough, but on the back of two wins, we’ll be hoping to perform again.

“Then, against the Sussex Development side, we’ll be looking to get a result.”