Worthing slip to two close defeats

JPCT S13230442x CRICKET Darryl Rebbetts batting for Worthing
JPCT S13230442x CRICKET Darryl Rebbetts batting for Worthing

WORTHING Cricket Club captain Darryl Rebbetts is eyeing a batting improvement in the coming weeks after his side suffered two close defeats in the Sussex League Premier Division at the weekend.

Worthing lost a thrilling game at Roffey off the last ball when the hosts chased down 15 from the last over to win on Saturday, although Rebbetts felt Worthing should have set a higher total than 228.

Then, on Sunday at home to the Sussex Development XI, Worthing fell from 134-1 to 198 all out, chasing 212 to win.

Rebbetts said: “At Roffey, 228 was a decent score as you always aim for 225 and maximum batting points but, after the way we started with a 103-run stand for the first wicket, we were looking more for 240 to 250.

“From overs 30 to 58, we didn’t bat well enough.

“Then we should have won at home to the Development XI on Sunday. We were 110-1 at the halfway stage and we should have finished the game off but our batsmen haven’t performed in the last couple of weeks.”

Michael Gould and Matthew Green shared a opening stand of 103 at Roffey after the hosts had won the toss and opted to bowl.

Gould was first to go, after smashing 63 from 54 balls, with seven fours and four sixes. Sussex batsman Matt Machan was next out after hitting 27 from 33 deliveries, with the score on 141.

Green fell with the score on 154 after hitting 46 off 108 balls and Worthing had soon fallen to 188-7.

Nick Ballamy added 21 for the eighth wicket with 15-year-old debutant Nick Oxley to get Worthing past 200, and, after Andy Lutwyche fell with the score on 220, Ballamy and Luke Vinter took Worthing past maximum batting points.

Rohit Jagota led the way with the ball for Roffey as he took 7-58 from 21 overs as he took the wickets of all of Worthing’s top six batsmen.

Roffey were always in contention in their reply but needed 15 from the last over, which was bowled by off-spinner Machan.

Daniel Smith blasted the home side to victory as Roffey got home off the final ball as the home side’s batsman finished unbeaten on a run-a-ball 49, which included five fours and two sixes.