Rugby hero can’t save cricket team

Ashling prepare to take on Westbourne
Ashling prepare to take on Westbourne

Our round-up of village and friendly cricket this week takes us to Ashling, Lurgashall, Ebernoe, Lavant, Kirdford and Aldwick.

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Ashling v Westbourne

Another week, another cliff-hanger finish.

Westbourne batted first on a dry pitch and struggled to make much headway against a tight bowling attack led by Adam Shaul and local rugby hero Charlie Matthews.

Shaul conceded only six runs from his ten overs. Westbourne finally reached 136 for eight in their allotted time thanks mainly to Pusinelli (29) and Gwenlan (22).

Ashling looked to have the game under control as Mike Neville completed a brilliant 57. Unfortunately the home team suffered a late-order collapse and with four overs to go the game hung in the balance at 120 for nine.

When Charlie Matthews struck a six with the second ball bowled to him, victory was in sight. Unfortunately an attempt to repeat the feat two balls later saw him bowled and the honours were with Westbourne. Patel and Pusinelli took three wickets each.

Lurgashall v The Bourne

Lurgashall batted first and got off to a great start with Clark (71) and Lynch (91) putting on 122 for the first wicket.

All the other batsmen added a few as they went for quick runs, including a brisk 30 from White.

The declaration came at 240 for six and The Bourne never looked like getting anywhere near that as wickets fell steadily to Hodd (4-39) and White (4-7) and they were all out for 108.

Ebernoe v Grafham & Smithbrook

In an entertaining 40-over match, Ebernoe batted first and amassed 181 all out. Top scorers were M West (45) and D Whittington (22) but the extras did most of the damage with an incredible 50 – 35 of which were wides.

In reply, O Porter batted well for 69 but wickets kept falling around him, and with just seven balls to go, and only five runs needed, Grafham lost their final man, giving Ebernoe the victory.

Ebernoe v Field Crickets

Field Crickets came to Ebernoe as a new side and put the hosts into bat.

Ebernoe got 196 for five with R Stemp (51) and A Clark (36no) scoring the most runs. Five scores of zero pretty much summed up the reply, with Field Crickets being bowled out for 48. T Jackson got 21 and D Hodd and T Hughes got three wickets each.

Lavant v Old Hambledonians

Lavant scored quickly on the green against Old Hambledonians. Steve Brooker hit 93 and Danny Berkley struck 84 to take Lavant to 225 for nine despite five for 23 from Ellis.

Hamledonians struggled in reply against Hall’s spin and the guile of Banks, who took four for 33 from 13 overs.

Good fielding enabled Lavant to take wickets regularly with Mark Stevens pouching two slip catches. The match was in the balance with one wicket remaining on the final ball – and Stevens trapped Ellis lbw to give Lavant victory by 99 runs.

Kirdford v Tillington

Kirdford took on the might of Tillington CC and their plethora of league players.

Asked to bat first, Tillington encountered early trouble with excellent bowling from G Short (5-36) and G Reynolds (2-48). However a beautiful innings by O Pearce (82) got them up to a strong score of 184 all out.

Kirdford fell into their usual demise in their reply with P Cowell (3-8) and O Pearce (3-45) bowling well. At 49 for six, things were looking bleak, but J Rountree (23) and an excellent innings by P Haywood (32) brought Kirdford back into contention. Another flurry of wickets left the last-wicket partnership of J Upton and B Jeffery seven overs to hold out for a respectable draw. With some mutterings coming their way from a section of players, Kirdford pulled through and achieved their first draw of the season.

Pylewell Park v Aldwick

Aldwick made their annual pilgrimage to the beautiful settings of Pylewell Park and returned home with a comfortable victory. The visitors made a healthy 199-8 from their 40 overs with the runs shared amongst the batsmen but Matt Spindler did top score with 40.

Good bowling from Ollie Smith ( 4-17) kept the home side at bay and in the end they were bowled out for just 124 in the 28th over with Tom Kennedy top scoring with an unbeaten 37.

Aldwick Acorns v The Old Barn

Ian Guppy was back to his big-hitting best with an exciting 79 for Aldwick and top-scored in a final total of 184 all out. For the Old Barn, Trevor Ragless picked up four for 12.

Excellent spells from Ben Bainbridge (3-15) and Dominic Hawkins (3-33) kept the home side in control as they rolled over the visitors for just 131 all out.

M Appleton top-scored with 33 and Richard Barnett (25) contributed – and Ragless also made a contribution with the bat finishing on 24.