Smith sizzles for Aldwick ... Wittering Ram home their advantage

Wins for Aldwick and West Wittering feature in our latest round-up from the West Sussex Invitation League.

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Eastergate v Aldwick

Invitation League div three

Eastergate 1 batted first and made a below-par 147, which in the end was not enough.

Aldwick passed the winning line with four wickets to spare despite loosing opener Joel Lodge for a duck in the first over.

Chris Brittain (2-39) was the home side’s best bowler and it could have been closer if his bowling partners had supported him better.

After the bad start, Aldwick’s Dean Stokes (22) and Amit Chauhan (28) took the score to 48 and Adam Rutter (22) kept the momentum going, and with a late flourish from Keelan Belcher (24*) and the added bonus of 34 extras, the winning points went to the visitors.

Earlier, Ian Blow (30) top-scored for Eastergate and Nick Smith (26), Tom Stannard (26) and Rejo Raju (21) weighed in.

The visitors’ opening bowling pair of Keelan Belcher (2-30) and Adam Robinson (1-16) bowled well enough but it was the introduction of Ollie Smith which turned the game in Aldwick’s favour. Smith’s 15-over spell produced a match-winning six for 44.

West Wittering v Ram 2nd XI

Division five

Wittering won the toss and elected to field.

Tim Osborne (3-12) continued his fine form, taking three early wickets and leaving the score at 34 for three. James Staight (3-33) joined the party the very next ball.

Osborne bowled six maiden overs on the trot before Joe Pink (1-17) took over and bowled excellently. Richard Hammond (3-13) took three quick wickets.

Ram were all out for 120 off 36.3 overs, Pink laying claim to the final wicket.

Mark Taylor and Staight (14) took the score to 29 before Staight was caught.

Skipper Carl Tupper and Taylor pushed the score on to 81 before Tupper (29) drove one into the hands of the fielder at cover. Taylor proved the stronghold as a couple more batsman fell around him in a characteristic Wittering Wobble. He finished with 52 not out.

Rob Gray (2*) hit the final runs for the win and Wittering’s 30 points further cemented their place at the top.

The second XI were victorious over Horsham IV in a thrilling contest, winning by 19 runs, Mark Brien claiming four for eight.

Aldwick II v Broadbridge Heath II

Division seven

Aldwick eventually won by two wickets but when Broadbridge Heath were on the ropes at 17 for five batting first, the home side looked like they would stroll to an easy victory.

Andy Burtenshaw (4-48) and skipper Grant Wilson (2-38) did most of the early damage until Nathan Booker (52) joined opener John Baker (35) and put on a 91-run sixth-wicket partnership.

Declan Belcher (3-31) finally bagged both Baker and Booker but then the last-wicket pair held out for a defiant 46 runs. Chris Winckworth ended 31 not out and Heath unexpectly finished on a healthy 179 for nine after 49 overs.

Aldwick were on the brink of defeat at 107 for eight but up stepped Ian Guppy with a typical innings.

He made 59 not out which included seven fours and three sixes and he and Tom Hoare (20*) put on 72 in an unbroken ninth-wicket partnership.

Heath’s opening bowler Jug Judge (5-50) did not deserve to be on the losing side but Aldwick got home in just 35 overs.