Selsey struggle again ... Aldwick stay in top three ... West Wittering back on top

There’s action involving Selsey, Aldwick and West Wittering in our latest round-up from the West Sussex Invitation League.

Selsey v Southwick

Invitation League division one

Selsey couldn’t clinch victory as bottom side Southwick held out for a draw.

Selsey won the toss and batted but the openers struggled to get the erratic Vinnay Vitayakumar (1-26) away.

James Amis was yorked by Paul Grennan (1-56) for four and Matt Leclere (22) missed a rare straight one from Vitayakumar.

Selsey slipped from 28 for no loss to 56 for three. But skipper Dave Benham joined Nick Nolan and the pair subjected Southwick’s attack to a long slog in the field.

They put on 199 for the fourth wicket as Selsey declared on 255 for three. Benham ended on 82 not out but Nolan’s 101 not out was the highlight.

Selsey attacked but did not break through immediately. Southwick’s Russell Martin got his side off to a quick start with 34. Southwick’s stubbornness was frustrating Selsey’s bowlers.

Tom Amis (3-39) saw two nicks go between keeper and slip and half chances fell short of fielders. Tom Cripps took three for 37 and Warren Boyt (1-20) claimed his maiden first-team wicket.

But Mark O’Keefe (26) and Chay Chapman (38) batted sensibly and Grennan’s 22 not out guided his team to 164 for seven to see out the draw.

Selsey are 14 points behind Littlehampton, who sit just above the relegation places.

Crawley Nayee v Aldwick

Division three

Aldwick beat Crawley Nayee by three wickets to remain third and they are now just six points behind second-placed Dome Mission.

Thanks to Aldwick’s bowling attack, their batsmen were set only 133 for victory. Opening pair Adam Robinson (3-48) and Keelan Belcher (3-19) were soon among the wickets, cutting through Nayee’s top order with three apiece.

Only Sachin Parekh (36) offered significant resistance and when first change Ollie Smith (3-35) came on, he complmented his three wickets with three outfield catches.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for the visitors’ batsmen as skipper Joel Lodge was out for just five. However, Chris Redman (23) joined Dean Stokes (20) for a 50-run second wicket partnership.

Amit Chauhanb (25) steadied things further and his team crossed the winning line. For Nayee, Rakesh Parekh (3-30) and Hiren Parekh (2-24) did their best.

West Wittering v Southwick 2nd

Division five

On the back of three disappointing results for Wittering, they returned to the top of the division with a 30-point win over Southwick.

Wittering lost the toss and were put in and James Staight and James White (32) opened up and scored quickly, finding the short boundaries with ease. Staight (68) was first to go with the score on 95. Carl Tupper went for his first duck of the season, but Wittering batted deep into the order.

Johnny Miller (32), Richard Hammond (23), Kevin Allsobrook (14) and debutant Henry Burn (17) all contributed. After 40 overs, Tupper brought his side in, declaring on 238 for seven.

Wittering made light work of the ten-man Southwick team with eight of the nine batsmen bowled.

Alex Salmon (1-28) made the first breakthrough in the third over and Joe Pink got one two overs later. Pink was the pick of the bowlers with four for 18, ripping through the middle order, ably supported by Burn (1-2) and Allsobrook (3-9).

Downey put up resistance for Southwick with 51, but the team were all out for 105 after 27 overs.

Thirty points for Wittering saw them climb back to the top of the table.

Aldwick II v St Andrews II

Division seven

Aldwick predictably crashed to a heavy defeat against St Andrews after managing only 75 all out.

Without Matt Robinson’s well-made 45, Aldwick’s total would have been even lower. No other Aldwick batsmen made double figures as Oliver Brookes (4-16), John Kingcome 2-15) and Daniel Nichols (3-12) sent everybody except Robinson back to the pavillion without hardly troubling the scorers.

Skipper Grant Wilson (2-21) bagged opener Iain Murray (8) early on but Raymond Cully (30) and Paul Watson (23*) took control and in the end it was an easy cantor to victory in just 17.3 overs.

Aldwick’s defeat saw them slip to fourth and leaves them a lot to do if they want to achieve promotion.