Cricket: Lurgashall scrape home ... Kirdford records tumble

Our latest village and friendly cricket round-up features action from Lurgashall, Fernhurst, Aldwick and Lavant.

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Lurgashall v Dogmersfield

There was another thrilling finish at Lurgashall with the home side winning by one wicket.

Dogmersfield batted first and made slow but steady progress against a tight attack. They reached 85 for two before the spin of Dan Dillon Thiselton (4-28) and the pace of Adam Sharp (2-21) brought about a collapse.

Daren Hodd (2-10) finished them off for 123.

What appeared to be an under-par score soon looked very different when Lurgashall lost two wickets with the first two balls of the innings.

Drew Clark (46) and Nathan Kemp (24) led the recovery and Alex Wadey (12) saw them past 100 but a dramatic fall of wickets saw the last pair of Tom Gumbrell and Dillon Thiselton needing eight to win. A skyer was dropped with four needed but a four from Gumbrell in the next over brought victory.

Fernhurst v Kirdford

Records continue to be broken by Kirdford this season – this week they won at Fernhurst for the first time.

They got off to a solid start, getting to the drinks break at 100 for two with G Short (76) and G Reynolds (25) batting fluently.

With the upping of the run rate came some quick wickets as R Unwin (4-66) and G Bristowe (1-43) bowled well. A quickfire 36 in 17 balls from J Rountree got Kirdford to 197.

In response, Fernhurst carved the opening bowlers for some delightful boundaries. Then J Gillett (2-38) took the important wickets of P Bristowe (21) and G Bristowe (32).

Slow bowlers were brought on with 20 overs to play – and wickets started to tumble. First Rountree (2-24) and then Upton (1-10 in his record-equalling consecutive fixture) struck – before man-of-the-hour G Hardie (4-15) took three quick wickets.

The penultimate ball of the game saw Upton snaffle a brilliant catch at slip and Kirdford had finally won at Fernhurst.

Aldwick v Ashling

Aldwick batted first but Matt Robinson (21), Will Pegg (32) and Harry Rossor (12) were the only players to make double figures in a score of 128. H Slatter and A Konidaris each took three wickets.

Nick Loubser (26) was the only player in double figures as Ashling were all out for 41. Harry Rossor (two wickets), Jonny Knapp and Tom Hoare each took a wicket and Liam Hicks had figures of two for five in five overs.

Aldwick Acorns v Slindon

Having been dropped on three, Slindon’s Jacob Temple went on to make 51. He put on 81 for the sixth wicket with Pete Dall (42) but Slindon slumped from 146 for four to 154 all out thanks to Adam Robinson’s five for 18.

Only Ian Guppy (34) reached double figures as Aldwick were all out for 81. Kieron Hornsby took five for 27 and Tom Chapman four for 16.

West Chiltington & Thakeham v Regis Rebels Sunday XI

Bognor won the toss and batted and Mikey Harris played for a composed 49, with Josh Broad scoring an attacking 45. With Charlie La Foret making a breezy 20, Bognor finished on 189 for nine. Alex Reeves took three for two at the death.

West Chiltington replied aggressively but old fox Jon Denby kept the lid on matters with a tight one for 17.

With a wicket apiece for Charlie La Foret, Broad, Andy Lee and the diminutive Louis Paul, the game was nicely poised.

Mick Armstrong starred for Chilts with 41 but was caught in the deep by the excellent Harris.

But with four balls to go, Chilts’ Steve Davies hit the winning runs and saw the hosts home by three wickets, to the delight of the streaker at deep-mid-wicket.

Lavant v Boxgrove

Lavant won the toss and elected to bat first on the usual slow home strip. Lavant’s first wicket fell very quickly but Carroll, Dale and P Burford steadied the innings for more than an hour at a reasonable rate.

A mid innings collapse meant it was left to the last-wicket pair of Rawnsley and R Burford to see Lavant through to 175 for nine. Gottesman was the pick of the Boxgrove bowlers with four for 23.

Boxgrove’s reply started slowly against Stevens’ pace attack and they lost their first wicket before they’d got ten.

This brought Gottesman to the crease and he gave one very sharp chance on 11, but otherwise batted very calmly ending on 98 not out and scoring the winning runs with a huge six over mid-on with seven overs to spare.

The return derby is eagerly anticipated in August.