WORTHING Cricket Club suffered a last-ball defeat at home to Three Bridges on Saturday to drop to second from bottom in the Sussex League Premier Division table.
Worthing fell from seventh place with the loss after number 11 batsman Harry Dunn was bowled by Bridges’ Victor Davies with the last delivery of the game. That saw Worthing bowled out for 162, after Bridges had won the toss and scored 226-5 off 55.5 overs.
Worthing captain Darryl Rebbetts was unhappy with his side’s batting performance and said: “It was extremely disappointing, we just didn’t apply ourselves with the bat.
“The only chance we had to win in the game was when I was batting with Andy Lutwyche and we needed 100 to win off 20 overs. When I was out, we tried to hold on to avoid giving them an extra 16 points, so it’s disappointing to be bowled out as it was a flat wicket.
“We had bowled pretty well and did really well to keep them to 225 off 56 overs and we were happy to be chasing that. We just didn’t bat very well, unfortunately.”
Bridges put on a 70-run stand for the opening wicket, before Dunn got the breakthrough as he had James Chadburn caught behind by wicketkeeper Ian Gooding for 45.
Opening batsman Bradley Gayler then added 84 for the second wicket with Richard Webber who struck 47 before he was one of Luke Vinter’s two wickets.
Gayler fell for 76, after hitting eight fours from 128 balls, four runs later and Bridges lost two more wickets before they declared after reaching maximum batting points.
Three wickets from Davies and two from Abidine Sakande helped reduce Worthing to 58-6, before Rebbetts and Lutwyche put on 73 for the seventh wicket.
Rebbetts was out lbw to Danny Aldermann for 52 after striking nine fours off 108 balls, with the score on 131 and Nick Oxley was also dismissed by Alderman, stumped by Gayler, without any addition to the score.
Vinter (10) added 26 for the ninth wicket with Lutwyche before he was bowled by Sakande and after Dunn had survived 23 balls, he was bowled off the final delivery of the match as Bridges claimed all 30 points, with Lutwyche finishing unbeaten on 28 from 92 balls.
Worthing host leaders Preston Nomads on Saturday.