Worthing win at reigning champions

Darryl Rebbetts
Darryl Rebbetts

WORTHING Cricket Club recorded their second win of the season in the Sussex League Premier Division on Saturday at reigning champions Hastings.

Hastings sat top of the table heading into the game but Worthing’s win saw Preston Nomads take over at the top as Hastings suffered their first defeat of the season.

Hastings batted first after winning the toss and scored 252-8 from their 58 overs, which Worthing skipper Darryl Rebbetts felt was a par score on the wicket.

Tom Gillespie was dismissed for just eight with 18 runs on the board by John Glover, before fellow opening batsman Toby Finzel had a 50-run stand with Sujith Perera (35) and a 64-run partnership with Adam Maharaj-Newman.

Finzel was the third wicket to fall for 51 with the score on 132 after hitting six fours in his 101 ball innings.

Maharaj-Newman kept going and was the seventh man out for 96 after striking nine fours and two sixes off 98 deliveries as he was one of four Hastings batsmen to fall in the last eight overs of their innings.

Glover finished with 3-57 off 13 overs for Worthing, while Benn Challen took 3-82 from 18 overs.

Worthing lost Glover to the first ball of their reply – lbw to John Morgan – before Bradley James and Matt Norris combined to add 64 runs for the second wicket.

James was out for 21, before Norris, a South African on trial at Sussex and who will be playing for Worthing for the next five weeks, and Rebbetts put on 66 for the third wicket.

Norris was bowled by Perera with the score on 130 after hitting 84 from 86 balls, with 15 fours.

Rebbetts then added 74 with Challen (30) for the fourth wicket and 23 for the fifth wicket with Andy Lutwyche, before he fell for 70.

Lutwyche then guided Worthing home as he smashed 35 from just 20 balls, with six fours.

Rebbetts said: “The game couldn’t have gone any better.

“We felt their score was about par and we were happy to be chasing it, especially as we managed to pick up four wickets in the last eight overs to get four more bonus points.

“Matt batted really well and I was pleased to score 70, especially as I was batting against spinners for most of my innings. Andy then came in and got some quick runs and has now batted three times this season and hasn’t been out.”

Worthing host Chichester on Saturday.