Lindfield loss piles on agony for Chichester cricketers

The Chichester team
The Chichester team

Chichester’s struggle for results continued with a four-wicket loss at Lindfield in division two of the Sussex League.

They made the trip determined to improve their batting performances from previous weeks.

After a heavy deluge on an unprotected pitch, it was questionable whether the game would start on time. However the umpires decided the pitch would not signicantly improve if there was a delayed start.

Chichester lost the toss and were inserted. With the ball spitting from a length at one end and rising steeply at the other, conditions were difficult but with determination and no lack of skill, Michael Corrigan and Bennison negotiated the first 17 overs before Corrigan was out to a rare attacking shot.

Bennison continued to resist everything Lindfield could throw at him and was joined by Jay Hartard, who as usual made the most difficult conditions look eay, before falling.

County pro Michael Rippon entered the attack and caused difficulties on an unreliable wicket. Bennison fell on 33 after two hours of obdurate batting. Dannatt began to take control, taking quick singles and putting the pressure on the fielders, and finished on 41 not out, and with some help from Graeme Bennison and lusty blows from Chabaane, Chichester were able to take the score to 152 for eight.

In reply Lindfield began aggressively on a more benign pitch, conditions helped by the sun and breeze. An aggressive 57 from Rippon took the game away from Chichester.

It could have been so different had a Rippon chance been taken with the score on 95, but Lindfield passed the Chichester total with six wickets down, with Sleep, Faulkner and Reynolds all taking two wickets.

This week Chichester take on Goring in Priory Park.