Chichester get batting blues at Cuckfield

After a fantastic victory over local rivals Worthing, Chichester headed to Cuckfield in the Sussex Premier League hoping for a similar outcome.

Captain Richard Browning won the toss and for the eighth game this season opted to have a bowl on what looked to be a helpful surface for the bowlers.

This certainly proved the case as Browning took a wicket with his very first ball and Matthew Geffen dismissed one of the openers. Cuckfield struggled their way along to 18 for two from ten overs with Geffen (1-9) and Browning (1-42) bowling extremely well. Unfortunately, this was the end of the run of wickets for Chichester as every other batsman scored runs in a total of 255 for five declared.

Aussie Ashton Turner (3-115) was the only other bowler to get in on the act.

Tom Cummins crafted a fine 76 for the home side, Jason Oates scored 56 and Chris Mole smashed 44 in just 27 balls at the end.

The Chichester innings got off to a disastrous start as the visitors lost their three form batsmen very cheaply.

Mark Bamford, Chris Kirkham and Turner went early, which bought the unproven middle order to the crease.

Browning (31) was the only player to look reasonably comfortable against a youthful attack.

The tail wagged with Ollie Greenlees (25) and Daniel Joseph (20) in their first games of the year; however, it was too little too late and Chichester were dismissed for 155.

Horsham are the visitors to Priory Park this weekend.