Cricket: Aldwick can’t topple neighbours and leaders

Aldwick batsman Dean Stokes C140567-3

Aldwick batsman Dean Stokes C140567-3

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There’s action involving Aldwick, Eastergate, West Wittering and Chichester in our latest West Sussex Invitation League round-up.

Aldwick v Eastergate

Invitation League div three

Aldwick could not score enough runs and Eastergate could not get enough wickets – and the game was drawn.

It meant Aldwick remained second, 19 points behind table-toppers Eastergate, with just six games to play.

Eastergate opener Rejo Reju (6) fell early to Adam Robinson (1-40) but his opening partner Jack Stannard (49) and Nick Smith (67) ensured their side had enough runs to defend by impressing with a 99-run second-wicket partnership.

Good bowling spells from Josh Sargeant (2-33) and Liam Hicks (2-39) prevented the visitors notching up a hefty total but with further runs from Andrew Smith (32), Eastergate finished on a very defendable 223 for eight.

In reply, Aldwick openers Joel Lodge (34) and Dean Stokes (21) looked in fine fettle putting on 40 for the first wicket as they pursued 224 for victory and top spot.

But after the good start the home side’s middle order found runs hard to come by and were soon behind the run rate and a draw was the best they could hope for.

Jordan Bist (42) and Dan Robinson (21*) kept out the eight Eastergate bowlers with stubborn determination and the home side finished on 151 for six.

This week Aldwick visit Worthing III and Eastergate are at home to Barns Green in the continuing battle to be champions.

West Wittering v Southwater II

Div four

On what looked a beautiful batting deck, Southwater elected to bat.

Unexpectedly the pitch had quite the variable bounce, balls shooting through at ankle height and popping up off a length.

Southwater put on a good opening stand, but a breakthrough came from the quick arm of Gareth Lendrum in a sharp run-out. The seamers were having no luck so captain Carl Tupper turned to spinners James Staight (4-41) and Richard Hammond (4-45).

They made an instant impact and each bowled their 15 overs very effectively.

WWCC couldn’t remove the final wicket and Southwater finished on 157 for nine, a score that could have been much lower if catches had been held.

Two early wickets for Southwater gave them the advantage, but Tupper (22) and Hackshaw (17) steadied the ship before both being caught in similar fashion.

Unfortunately for the league leaders, luck was not on their side and wickets continued to fall. Lingham-Davis (30), Salmon (25) and Staight (23) contributed well but the final wicket fell with Wittering requiring another seven runs.

WWCC remain top, but the gap has closed over the past two weeks. This week they visit St Matthias.

WW seconds continued their winning ways, winning their eighth game of the season against Clymping II and extending their lead at the top of the table, young Johnny Miller hitting a quickfire 55 towards the target.

This week, they host Littlehampton III.

Steyning 3rd v Chichester 3rd

Div six

Chichester thirds won a fourth game in a row.

Chichester skipper Guy Montgomery elected to bat first and openers Henry Whitby (34) and Mohan Babu (58) put on 95 for the first wicket.

Aru Kathegesu (26) and Babu put on 23 for the second wicket. Babu scored his first 50 of the season before Charlie Futcher (92) and Kathegesu put on 17.

Young keeper Luke Carter (16no) and Futcher put on 101 for the fifth wicket in just ten overs. Futcher was out eight short of his hundred as Chichester ended on 241 for five.

Steyning lost an early wicket but James Yarrow (14) and Gus Simon (14) put on 37 for the second wicket. They lost two quick wickets with the score on 47 as Montgomery (1-16) and Harry Randell (2-31) struck.

David Neale (27) and Simon Burfiend (21) shared a 50 partnership but the introduction of spinner Babu (1-19) in tandem with Randell put the brakes on the scoring rate and reduced Steyning to 104 for six.

George Isaac (11) and Sam Sutterlin (36no) put on 42 for the seventh wicket but were starting to fall behind the rate. James Stemp (1-26) struck and Steyning ended on 188 for seven.

This was another good Chichester team performance with everyone contributing. They took 30 points.

Storrington II v Aldwick II

Div seven

Aldwick II won to go top mainly thanks to the all-round performance of Grant Wilson, who took three for 40 and top-scored with an unbeaten 54.

Luke Spindler (3-18) weighed in and with added support from Harry Rosser (1-33) and Scott Bingham (1-21), Storrington were on the back foot with 149 all out despite Andy Kitchener’s 52 not out.

Chasing 150 for victory, Aldwick had a few hiccups but consistent batting sealed the victory for the visitors in the 35th over. Tom Hoare (25) also made a valuable contribution and despite Ian Homewood’s three for 31, Aldwick won it.

This week Aldwick II hope to consolidate their top position with a victory against Goring-by-Sea III.