THERE were defeats for Selsey and West Wittering but a good win for Aldwick in the latest round of West Sussex Invitation League matches.
Selsey v West Chiltington
Invitation League division one
Selsey collapsed from a commanding position to defeat against West Chiltington.
Victory against Southwater last week gave them a chance of avoiding the drop to division two but this latest setback all but condemns them to relegation. They are 32 points off safety with just two to play.
Chilts decided to bat first but got off to a terrible start as Dave Benham (2-30) claimed both openers in his first over to reduce the visitors to one for two.
But Chilts recovered from their drastic start. Skipper James Howgate led from the front as he made 54 before being trapped leg-before by the consistent Tom Amis (1-24).
Iain Haggart’s 57 not out and Jack Elliott-Monday (34*) saw Chilts through to 178 for four.
Selsey started the chase well as Jacob Miles (81) struck his second consecutive half-century. He was aided by Nick Nolan (19) and Matt Leclere (25).
But Miles fell with the score 138 for three and the final seven wickets fell for just 24 runs.
Leg-spinner Charlie Davies did the damage, taking five for 37, and Malcolm Fitzgerald claimed three for 20. Only James Chaloner (15*) provided resistance as Selsey were skittled out for 162 and a 16-run defeat.
Worthing 3rd v Aldwick
Aldwick’s promotion hopes looked like they were coming off the rails when they were 45 for five against bottom club Worthing.
However, Alex Cooper (100*) and partners Adam Robinson (25) and Amit Chauhan (51*) ensured they had a healthy total to defend.
With Robinson, centurion Cooper put on 42 for the sixth wicket and then an undefeated 145-run partnership with Chauhan for the seventh wicket. Aldwick declared on 242 for six.
The home side made a confident start with Kevin Punter (30) looking good until he fell to Aldwick’s bowler of the day, Keelan Belcher, who finished with four for 25 in a match-winning spell.
Aldwick skipper Joel Lodge made up for his batting duck by cleaning up the home side’s tail with figures of three for two as Worthing tumbled to 95 all out.
Aldwick won by 147 runs and now have two games left in the league - against Barns Green this week and then Dome Mission, which they must win to be in contention for promotion for a second consecutive season.
West Wittering v West Chiltington 2nd
Wittering’s title hopes took a hit with a loss at the hands of fellow contenders West Chiltington.
James White and Mark Taylor opened for Wittering, who were asked to bat. Chilts bowled tightly and got their reward in the tenth over with Taylor (14) caught behind.
White (13) was next to go, somewhat controversially, and Jake Irwin-Brown (4) followed. Carl Tupper (19) and James Staight (24) began a partnership but that was broken by good bowling by Armstrong (6-48). The bottom order outscored the top with Kevin Allsobrook (22) and Alex Salmon (22) chipping in. Wittering were all out for 142, a tough total to defend.
Salmon and Tim Osborne bowled well but took no wickets. Clever bowling by Joe Pink (1-19) saw Fryer (28) glove a bouncer behind to Mitch Hackshaw.
Reeves (69*) played well, but should have been out much earlier with two drops in the cordon. Allsobrook (1-23) claimed one victim lbw and Tupper (1-8) had another caught by Pink.
It took 38 overs for Chilts to reach the target, winning by seven wickets and gaining ground on Wittering. Just one point separates the two teams - the story of the past three seasons. Wittering host Ifield thirds on Saturday and only a win will do.
Aldwick 2nd v Goring 3rd
Aldwick posted a modest 167 total despite a shaky start which had them at 68 for six. The experienced pair of Arthur Bradbury (24*) and Will Pegg (38) gave their side a final total that was defendable. Most of the early damage to the home side’s batting line-up was done by Mark Stanley with a sparkingly bowling spell that was rewarded with five for 36.
Stanley’s bowling spell was great but Aldwick skipper Grant Wilson’s spell was truly spectacular. Wilson bowled nine overs, taking eight wickets for just nine runs.
The home side’s skipper had the first seven Goring batsmen in the pavillion without any of them making double figures as the team were rolled over for just 38 runs after 18 overs. The other wicket taker was H Raham (2-8) but Wilson was the hero and now has 60 wickets to his name for the season.