Chichester returned home empty-handed after the long journey to Crowhurst Park in division two of the Sussex League.
This was a must-win game for both sides in the fight to avoid relegation. It had been raining in Crowhurst Park for most of the previous two days and the wicket was extremely wet and green.
Crowhurst Park won the crucial coin toss and asked Chichester to bat first. Immediately this looked a good decision as the wicket was lively and bouncing erratically.
Bradley Payne exploited this and the overcast conditions to rip through Chichester’s top order, leaving them at a precarious 35 for six. A 39-run partnership for the seventh wicket between Sean Dobbs and Dan Joseph was able to steady the ship.
The home team’s bowlers were in top form and three more quick wickets fell as Chichester found themselves at 77 for nine.
Chichester’s final pair took the score out to 101 before Dan Faulkner was the last man out. Payne was the visiting team’s tormentor in chief with figures of seven for 48.
With the sun out and a small target to chase, Crowhurst Park began brightly and eased to 36 without loss. The introduction of spinner Matt Reynolds soon changed the game as he took four quick wickets.
Suddenly Crowhurst Park’s top order had crumbled to 50 for five and Chichester sensed an unlikely victory. However Clive Tong (46 from 31 balls) eased the nerves and saw his team over the line with Crowhurst Park scoring a fine five-wicket victory.
Reynolds was the pick of Chichester’s bowlers with figures of four from 45.
Chichester’s next game is at home to Findon.