Middleton near safety - but Chichester are struggling

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There were differing fortunes for Middleton and Chichester in their respective battles for survival in the top two divisions of the Sussex Cricket League this week.

Glynde v Middleton

Sussex League division two

GLYNDE needed victory to keep their league status - but it was Middleton who got it to move nicely towards safety.

A green wicket encouraged Middleton captain Brandon Hanley to have a bowl after winning the toss. Early wickets vindicated his decision as the captain removed both openers, leaving the home team reeling on 58 for three.

Glynde captain Dominic Shepheard (78) then dispatched a despondent Middleton bowling attack to all parts of the ground. Despite a fourth-wicket partnership of 55, spinner Rob Willway was the catalyst for a middle-order collapse as the home side lost three wickets for 34.

Glynde keeper Stuart Mouland (72) used the short boundaries as he continued the attacking example set by his captain earlier in the innings. A useful 36 from Dale Tranter helped his side declare on 246 for nine.

Willway helped himself to four scalps, supported well by Hanley and Houchen who took two each.

The Middleton chase didn’t start particularly well as opener Will Burrows was run out cheaply and Willway followed a ball later. When Tom Stride was caught, the visitors were 51 for three.

A dogged response from Bruce Scott (57) saw the Australian work hard for his half-century and ensure Glynde would regret dropping him four times. After Scott departed, Middleton looked to Thompson and Hanley to propel them into a winning position.

The Glynde bowling attack were working hard to keep Middleton scoring at a slow rate and they needed 112 needed off 17 overs with six wickets in hand. But Thompson (88) and Hanley (72) caused carnage and finished the job with five overs to spare.

The result leaves Glynde all but relegated and pushes Middleton into seventh place - 58 points clear of the drop zone.

East Grinstead v Chichester

Sussex Premier

Chichester remain one off the bottom of the top division after a defeat at East Grinstead.

The home side decided to bat and, although Chichester’s bowling and fielding was reasonable, Matt Geffen was the only bowler who could make much impression on their batting.

He finished with four for 76 but Ashton Turner’s one wicket was the only other one taken as EG amassed 300 for six declared.

Turner and Chris Kirkham put on 99 for Priory Park’s second wicket but no-one else got properly in and Chichester were bowled out for 188, William Adkin taking five for 62.

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