WORTHING Cricket Club skipper Michael Gould was full of praise for his side on Saturday after their draw with Glynde & Beddingham in Sussex League Division 2.
Gould’s side have now taken 44 points from their opening two matches of the season to sit in third place.
On an excellent batting track at the Manor Ground, Gould won the toss and elected to bat and Worthing scored 259-4 from their 53 overs.
Benn Challen made Glynde pay for dropping him when he had just four and smashed 133 off 123 balls, with 16 fours and four sixes.
He put on 118 for the second wicket with Gould, who struck 81 from 114 deliveries, with 11 fours. Darryl Rebbetts also made a breezy 30 coming in at No 4.
Glynde looked to be comfortably heading for the draw at 161-4 but four wickets fell for four runs to leave them struggling.
Gould then put down a sharp chance, diving to his left at first slip, off a quicker delivery from off-spinner Challen with four overs left, which allowed George Hobden to survive. Andy Lutwyche did get rid of Hobden with three balls to go but Glynde batted out the final two deliveries to draw the match.
Lutwyche finished with 4-38 from 13 overs, Challen took 3-40 and Ollie Rogers took 2-47 in 12 excellent overs.
Gould said: “We did fantastically well. We shouldn’t have got them nine wickets down as it was a very good wicket.
“But I think they were going for the 200 to get maximum batting points and that allowed us to get a few wickets as we bowled well.
“Ollie Rogers was excellent. The wicket didn’t offer much but he bowled really well, as did Andy Lutwyche.
“We had the chance with four overs left which, had it been taken, would have made things interesting but, overall, I was delighted with the way we bowled and the performance with the bat was ruthless.”
On his decision to bat first, Gould said: “We’d done that the week before at Haywards Heath and we wanted to put a score on the board. We’ve got a good enough bowling attack to bowl sides out but it just didn’t happen this week.”