Aldwick and Bognor glad to get time at the crease

Aldwick and Bognor are among local cricket teams who have been in friendly action ahead of the season proper.

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St Peters II v Aldwick

In their opening game of the 2013 season, Aldwick travelled to Brighton and, despite the early season start, Aldwick’s fielders were as sharp as ever with good catches from Niall Heaton and Dan Robinson.

Heaton added two wickets to his fielding display but best bowler of the day was Liam Hicks with three wickets. The home

side were restricted to 173 for nine.

Aldwick’s response was solid rather than victorious. Promising innings from Dean Stokes (30), Adam Rutter (14) and Niall Heaton (14) could not hide the need for more batting practice before the league opener against Three Bridges on May 4 as they fell 44 runs short.

Don’t miss the May 2 edition of the Observer for a full preview of our local teams’ hopes for the 2013 season.

Aldwick II v Ferring

Aldwick II’s batsmen started 2013 with a wobble and were struggling at 15 for four. Skipper Grant Wilson soon came to the rescue with an unbeaten 66, and was ably assisted by confident performances from Jordan Bist (36) and Declan Belcher (25).

The home side’s strength in depth allowed them to finish on a respectable 157 all out.

Ferring’s own man of the match D Bailey complimented his bowling display with an even better batting display, holding the visitors’ innings together with a well-made 72.

Only D Edwards offered any support to Bailey, making 17, as no other Ferring batsman could muster double figures.

Strong bowling performances from Declan Belcher (three wickets), Josh Sergeant and Andy Burtenshaw (two apiece ) could not prevent

Ferring hanging on for a draw on 138 for nine.

Aldwick Acorns v Pulborough

The young Acorns were treated to a top-class batting display from Pulborough’s New Zealand import Jono Bennett.

The Christchurch resident made the Acorns suffer as he raced to 128. Bennett’s total control was evident in his third-wicket partnership of 128 with M Ives in which Ives contributed just 16.

The visitors declared on 213 for six after just 28 overs. Luke Spindler had Acorn’s best bowling figures of two for 29.

In reply, the Acorns could only muster 99. Luke Spindler top-scored with 17 and Giles Blandon (5-19) and James Allen (3-19) produced Pulborough’s best bowling figures.

Nevertheless, the young Acorns can learn from experiences like this and are unlikely to come up against such class acts as Bennett in their 2013 fixtures.

Bognor Regis Rebels Sunday XI v Eastergate

Eastergate won the toss and chose to bowl in the first Sunday game of the year.

With both openers gone early, Bognor rebuilt with veteran Iain Ashmore (30) and Ryan Walkley (41). A flurry of wickets and good bowling from Eastergate saw Bognor finish on 148 for eight, with wickets shared among all the Eastergate bowlers.

Bognor’s young attack tried gamely but fine batting from Jack Stannard (33), Ian Blow (53) and A Wilson (43no) saw Eastergate win by eight wickets.