Aldwick happy at halfway ... Wittering in another thriller

Aldwick are flying in division three
Aldwick are flying in division three

Our latest West Sussex Invitation League round-up features action involving Aldwick, West Wittering and Chichester’s third team.

Crawley Nayee v Aldwick

Invitation League div three

Halfway through their league season, Aldwick remain top of division three after their bowling attack handed them another emphatic victory by bowling out Crawley Nayee for just 89.

Aldwick’s top-order made runs but it fell away at the end as they finished 156 all out.

Openers Dean Stokes (16) and Jordan Bist (22) got things going and were followed by good knocks from Adam Rutter (25), Alex Cooper (26) and top scorer Dan Robinson (35).

Hiren Parekh (4-43) cleaned up the tail after tidy spells from opening bowlers Sachin Parekh (2-34) and Rakesh Parekh (2-24).

In reply, Nayee were facing major embarrassment – losing their first five wickets for just 12 thanks to Adam Robinson (4-11) and Josh Sargeant’s (2-7) unplayable deliveries.

Sachin Parekh (42) bravely fought back with his side’s top knock but was undone by first change Ollie Smith (4-12), who mopped up the tail. Nayee’s final tally of 89 gave a 67-run win.

This week, Aldwick have no league games as they travel to the Isle of Wight for their 6-game annual tour. They return to league duty on July 5 away to bottom club Barnes Green.

Horsham v West Wittering

Div four

West Wittering were involved in a thriller at Horsham as the match ended the scores level.

The hosts made 238 for eight, with Matt Jewiss’ three for 40 the bowling highlight for the men from Millennium Meadow.

In the reply, two WW batmen had Horsham in a ‘Staight’ - Harry Staight struck 61 and James Staight 69. But they couldn’t quite force the victory – although the points earned kept Wittering 65 points clear of Findon at the top.

Eastergate 2nd v Chichester 3rd

Div six

Eastergate captain Andy Smith won the toss and elected to field in this derby.

After losing an early wicket, Chichester rebuilt the through a superb innings from vice-captain Henry Whitby (61) and youngster Aiden Shepherd (33), who shared a 115-run partnership for the second wicket.

Shepherd and Whitby were both out with the score on 132. That brought together Martin Troy (18no) and young Chichester wicketkeeper Luke Carter (32) with eight overs to go and they put on 59, with Carter striking two big sixes.

Chichester were able to declare on 193 for five off their 40 overs – their highest score of the season so far.

Josh Kemp was the pick of the Eastergate bowlers with three for 31.

The Eastergate reply got off to a solid start with openers Abdul Munim (21) and Morgan Murphy (20) putting on 32 for the first wicket. Then the Chichester bowlers fought back with Eastergate being reduced to 50 for four.

There were wickets from skipper Guy Montgomery, Richard Creswick (1-33), Shepherd and a superb run-out with a direct hit from young Zach Thornton.

Smith (17) and Ian Paine (52) rebuilt the Eastergate innings as they put on 73 runs for the fifth wicket in 12 overs.

But Smith glanced a leg-side delivery to Carter off Shepherd (2-38) and Montgomery (2-26) removed the dangerous Paine with a leg-stump yorker.

Eastergate lost their last four wickets for just 22 with veteran Andy Barnes (4-13) mopping up the tail. Eastergate were bowled out for 149.

Chichester took 28 points, Eastergate two.

Aldwick 2nd v Rustington 2nd

Div seven

With just one ball to go and the scores level, Aldwick’s last batsmen Jonny Knapp strode to the crease ready for glory. Unfortunately, he was bowled and the points were shared in a tied game.

Batting first, Rustington found it hard going against the opening spells of Grant Wilson (0-25) and Scott Bingham (1-39) and could manage only 20 runs in their first 15 overs.

However, when Paddy Chapman (62*) and Matt Cousins (39*) entered the contest they took their side from 47 for three to 169 at the end in an unbroken 122-run partnership. Johnny Knapp (1-9) and Tom Hoare (1-33) took the other wickets that fell.

For Aldwick, openers Scott Bingham (30) and Tom Hoare (17) posted their intentions with quick runs and then Dion Sampson (33) and Luke Spindler (30*) seemingly put their team on a path to victory with timely knocks. However, a tie was the result and Aldwick remain third.