Chichester’s team effort sees off Worthing - and that includes groundstaff

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With rain around, the Chichester Priory Park groundstaff worked frantically on Friday evening to ensure the wicket and surrounding area was covered well enough for the home Sussex Premier fixture against Worthing to take place.

Fortunately, their hard work paid off as the game started on time - much to the disappointment of a few of the Worthing players who had broken down at Fontwell only 20 minutes before the start.

Luckily the players arrived on time to find out they were batting, Chichester captain Richard Browning having won the toss moments earlier.

Despite the rush, Worthing opener Michael Gould (17) started the innings as if it were rain-reduced, dispatching three balls of Browning’s first over for boundaries.

It didn’t last long, however, as he opted to do the exact same thing to Browning’s next over, which resulted in a fantastic high catch being taken by youngster George Stephens at square leg.

The very next ball saw the other opener Matthew Green (2) depart, this time in more of an ordinary fashion, snicking off to Browning (3-29) to give John ‘The Eagle’ Edwards his first catch of the game.

Matthew Geffen (3-21) continued to bowl with great consistency from the other end and was rewarded for his control by taking the next two wickets, leaving Worthing struggling on 31 for four.

A partnership of 33 between captain Darryl Rebbets (16) and Andy Reid (15) improved things for the visitors however they then lost four wickets for only five runs when Stephen Sedgley (2-18) and James Stedman (2-20) joined in on the act as Worthing crumbled to 69-8.

Tail-ender Luke Vinter frustrated his former club by swinging his way to a top score of 24 to post a total of 108 - but the home side were certainly the happier of the two teams at the half way stage.

With tea far from ready, the umpires went straight back out for an 18-over burst.

As he often does, former skipper Mark Bamford (35) tore into the attack straight away - overseas player Malcolm Lake going for nought for 29 in four overs - to get the chase off to a flyer.

He fell to Luke Vinter (1-31) when a ball jagged back and took his off-stump. This brought in-form league leading Aussie Ashton Turner (51*) to the crease and he got going equally as quickly taking the total to 42 before Chris Kirkham was run out for a duck.

Academy youngster Beck Hemingway (9) provided stability as he and Turner put on 59 quickly. He was also run out from a deflection off the bowler’s foot on to the stumps as he was backing up; however, it was too late for the visitors as Chichester knocked the miserly total off inside the 18 allotted overs.

Chichester took 30 points, Worthing just one.