A tie, a win and a defeat were experienced by Aldwick’s first and second XIs and West Wittering in the latest West Sussex Invitation League games.
Aldwick v Clayton & Belgrave Adelaide
Invitation League div three
Without skipper and quality batsman Joel Lodge, Aldwick’s top order was severly weakened and they were soon in lots of trouble at nought for two. Opener Dean Stokes and No3 Amit Chauhan both fell to CBA opening bowler Paul Sadler (2-20) without troubling the scorers.
At the other end, stand in skipper Ollie Smith ground out a valuable 23. The young heads of Dan Robinson (39) and Jordan Bist (29) were mature enough to give their side a defendable score of 177 for nine after their alloted 49 overs.
For the visitors, Ashley Smith (3-39) did most of the middle-order damage.
At 76 for three, CBA looked in control and top scorer Jordan Woodsford (66) and a solid unbeaten knock from Dave Kingsford (45*) boosted them further, but spirited Aldwick never gave up.
Top bowling performances from Ollie Smith (4-44) and John Young (3-38) kept them in the frame by taking wickets at regular intervals and restricting the run rate which eventually meant that the game was decided on the last ball of the day.
With the visitors requiring just one run to win, Barry Marcantonio was stumped by keeper Adam Rutter off Adam Robinson. The scores finished level and the points were shared.
West Wittering v Chichester PP III
Wittering elected to field but it wasn’t until the sixth over that the first wicket fell, Babu caught behind by Mitch Hackshaw off Tim Osborne’s bowling.
Rob Gray and Osborne bowled ten-over spells limiting the score to 63 off 20 overs. Whitby (32) and Alder (89) batted well, putting up a fight until the 35th over until Joe Pink (1-13) bowled Whitby.
James Staight bowled superb areas and claimed two wickets, including that of Alder. Osborne (3-34) and Gray (1-46) finished off the innings, the score ending on 184 for seven off 49 overs.
Gareth Lendrum and Ben Cook (18) opened up for Wittering and scored freely until Cook was removed lbw in the 12th over.
Carl Tupper joined Lendrum and both looked calm. Lendrum accelerated to his third half-century of the season while Tupper supported.
The pair took quick singles and cleared the rope a number of times. Lendrum raced on and completed his first century of the season in some style.
Tupper secured the win for Wittering, finishing on 41 not out. But Lendrum was the star of the day, finishing with 111 not out off 107 balls. WW have cemented their place at the top of the league.
PC UK v Aldwick II
Invitation div seven
PC UK keeper and opening batsmen Mansor Masood played a major role in Aldwick’s defeat by nine wickets. Behind the stumps, he took five catches and then opened the batting and top scored with 83 before he fell to Ben Bambridge (1-25).
Too many Aldwick batsmen made a few runs then capitulated to the home side’s seven bowlers. In the middle order, Arthur Bradbury (26) held the innings together and Aldwick’s total of 174 for nine was achieved thanks to a late rally from Ian Guppy (30) and from No10 batsmen Tom Hoare (41*), who made his top score for his club.
Rahul Desai (3-19) and Saif Ehsan (3-32) were the main wicket-takers.
Aldwick skipper Grant Wilson could not continue his early-season success with the ball as Massod opened the batting with his skipper Ali Fasil Karim (71*) and together they almost single-handily raced to victory.
After Massod was out, Ahsan Mahmoud (15*) joined his skipper to take PC UK home in just 25 overs.