Dixon’s wickets aren’t enough ... Ashling cut down to size

Simon Pett of Kirdford
Simon Pett of Kirdford

There’s action from Lurgashall, Arundel, Nuthurst, Kirdfor, Ebernoe and Westbourne in our latest village cricket round-up.

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Lurgashall v Frensham II

A very exciting game at Lurgashall swung one way then the other. The home side totalled 209 all out in 44 overs. Leading contributers were White 34, Nutbrown 57, Dixon 32, and Sharp 45 not out.

Paige (4-56) and Jones (3-67) were the main wicket-takers.

Frensham lost two early wickets but Slanki (42), Brown (50) and Paige (28) took them to 181 for six before Sharp (4-66) took two wickets in two balls.

Two sixes in the next over swung the match back in the favour of Frensham, then with two runs required the ninth wicket fell - but two runs in penultimate over settled it for the visitors. Dixon took three for 30 for the home side.

Arundel v Ashling

Arundel got the better of Ashling after a competitive game played in an excellent spirit.

Ashling had Arundel in early disarray with four quick wickets, but the fifth-wicket partnership of Matt Reynolds (78*) and David Wells (65) put the home side on course for a daunting 183 for eight. Henry Slatter and Adam Shaul took three wickets each for Ashling.

Ashling talisman Nic Loubser got his season off to a good start with 50, but even though Neville (10), Shaul (11) and Harvey (8) kept the home fielders eyeing the bar for longer than they would have liked, Ashling were bowled out for 120.

Nuthurst v Aldwick

Aldwick’s Saturday league fixtures and Acorns’ Sunday game were washed out but Aldwick’s Sunday fixture against Nuthurst went ahead and Aldwick’s Adam Rutter enjoyed every minute with an impressive 102.

Rutter was well supported by Matt Robinson (32) and Matt Spindler (21) in an innings of 234 for eight. Best bowler for the home side was K Greenwood (4-55).

Nuthurst had early ideas of a victory with a 87-run first-wicket partnership featuring G Etkins (81) and Bob Samways (32) and then further runs from J McKanna (67) kept the visitors within sight of victory. However, wickets from Harry Rossor (4-38) and tight bowling from Adam Robinson (1-23 in 12 overs) helped give the visitors a victory in an exciting chase.

Kirdford v Fittleworth

The curse of the number 59 continued to plague Kirdford’s woeful start to their season as they were defeated by Fittleworth on a lovely sunny afternoon.

Electing to field, Kirdford’s opening bowlers C Chisholm and J Gillett were a little unlucky. However J Carter (64) and P Kitchener (51) broke free of their shackles after the first break, and only good work by J Upton (3-17), S Pett (2-39) and newcomer S Johnston (2-20) that pegged Fittleworth back to 151 for nine.

Kirdford’s innings began badly and proceeded to worsen with L Kitchener (6-36) and M Lock (3-31) slicing through the beleaguered Kirdford batsmen.

Only C Chisholm (30) showed any sort of fight, and they were all out for 59 for the second week in a row. Net practice was immediately ordered by the skipper in a Peter Moores-esque fit of rage and they look forward to Lodsworth next week.

Ebernoe v Madehurst

Madehurst won this 40-over match by six wickets.

Ebernoe batted first with R Stemp (30) and A Carter (29) top scorers, athough some loose Madehust bowling mid-innings led to 31 being scored in extras, giving Ebernoe a total of 158 all out. Taylor bowled well for the visitors with four for 26 from his eight overs.

Ebernoe started well in the Madehurst reply thanks to tight bowling from A Evans and A Carter and taking four early wickets but an excellent 130 partnership, including an 84 not out from Bright, was enough to give Madehurst a comfortable victory.

Westbourne v Bognor Sunday XI

Westbourne put Bognor in on a sporting wicket. This proved a fine decision as Bognor found themselves in all sorts of bother at 18 for five.

With Mark Hood on the counter-attack with a pugnacious 35 not out, Bognor finished on 74 all out, Phil Dickin taking four for Westbourne.

In reply, Westbourne began steadily but after a first senior wicket for young Alex Burford, spinner Ed Doughty lived up to his surname by taking a swift six for 14. However, with Dickin clubbing a lively 38 not out, Westbourne won by two wickets.