WORTHING Cricket Club made easy work of local rivals Goring on Saturday in their Sussex League Division 2 derby.
orthing cemented their place at the top of the division with the 10-wicket victory, as division new boys Goring’s hopes of an upset were left in tatters.
It was far from the performance Goring captain Dan Pittham was looking for, on what was a wet wicket at the Manor Ground, as his side collapsed to 67 all out, thanks to dominant bowling displays from Luke Vinter (5-15) and Andy Lutwyche (5-40).
Worthing made easy work of the chase as Dominic Clapp screamed back onto the scene in his first game of the season, hitting 42, assisted by Ben Chambers’ 19 as the opening pair knocked off the tally in 15 overs.
Worthing captain Michael Gould said: “We are so consistent at the moment and are showing how good a team we are.
“I said to the boys at the start, they (Goring) are going along all right and said we needed to make sure we bowled well at them, which we did. We batted well, too, and also took some great catches.
“I am so pleased for the boys as we are not just beating teams, but showing a real class.”
On their title aims and on looking favourites, Gould said: “I’ll never say anything too early, and we’ll take nothing for granted. We’ll go out every week and be ruthless in what we’re doing.”
After the wicket covers had blown off and half soaked the intended match wicket, the sides had to play on another track, which Goring were stuck in on first.
Openers Sam Thorns (three) and Matt Keen (27) put on 29 for the first wicket, but after the latter was out to Lutwyche to make the score 37-3, the remaining seven wickets fell for just 30 runs.
Vinter’s impressive figures of 5-15 came in 16 overs, 11 of which were maidens.
Pittham said: “We’ll put it down to a learning curve. They bowled well on an assisted pitch and we didn’t bat well at all, it was very disappointing.
“Everyone seemed in the mood before the game, but then just didn’t really show up.
“Most of the guys know it has been the batting that has let us down this year, as nine times out of 10 our bowling is excellent.
“You can go one way and tear the team apart and lay into them, but we’re a young side and everyone has days like that in sport.
“The pitch offered some assistance, but our guys batted poorly and they came out and made it look easy, especially Dominic Clapp.”
Gould added: “I think they got it into their heads it was a wet wicket and they didn’t fancy it, the wicket was fine, though, as we managed to see it through without loss.
“Luke Vinter bowled the best he has all season, he bowled incredibly well and beautifully, while Andy got his usual leg-cutters away at the other end and did very well, too.
“Dominic came back in good form, too. He is a big player for the club and a big part in the morale, too.”
Worthing face the long trip to Stirlands on Saturday, with Ben Chambers, John Kaye and Andy Reid unavailable, while Ollie Rogers is out with a broken finger.
Goring are at Bexhill. Pittham said: “We need to move on in what is a big, big game for us. We need to forget this week and look to get an important 30 points.”
Worthing also overcame Bognor in their Sussex League t20 Cup match on Sunday by 36 runs.
Worthing scored 160-7, before Bognor were all out for 124.