WORTHING Cricket Club captain Michael Gould felt his side were unlucky in their five-wicket loss at home to Horsham on Saturday.
Worthing’s opening two games of the season were both rained off, while Horsham had played one league match, one 20/20 league game and a ECB National Club Championship match and Gould felt that extra sharpness through time in the middle also played to Horsham’s advantage.
Worthing made a steady start to their innings, however, after losing the toss, with a 40-run opening stand between Ben Chambers and John Glover. But Chambers’ dismissal led to a collapse and Worthing were soon 44-4, with their two most attacking batsmen, Benn Challen and Gould, both out for ducks.
Darryl Rebbetts and Ian Gooding rebuilt the innings with a 62-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Gooding hit 27 off 72 balls, with four fours, and Rebbetts scored 38 off 86 deliveries, also with four fours, before valuable contributions from Stuart Carter, with 17, and Andy Lutwyche, who hit 25 off just 22 balls with three fours and one six, helped Worthing reach 178.
Michael Munday took 5-41 for Horsham and Matt Barry also picked up three wickets.
Gould then felt Worthing were unlucky in Horsham’s innings as several shots just evaded his fielders.
Devon Endersby top-scored for the visitors with 63, from 84 balls, with nine fours, while Gary Tester took 3-33 on his Worthing debut and Ollie Rogers also bowled well without much luck as Horsham got home with six overs to spare.
Gould said: “We were unlucky as I felt we played well enough to deserve more out of the game. I’m not saying that we should have won but we deserved a little bit more than what we got from the game.
“It was our first outing of the season and I thought we were unlucky. A lot of their shots just flew over our fielders hands.
“We plugged away well in the field but we just need our big players to get big runs as we struggled a bit with our batting towards the end of last season as well.
“We’ve got Bexhill away now on Saturday and it’s a huge game. They came up with us last year but were bowled out for 80-odd on Saturday. We’ve got to go there and try to pick up 30 points.”