Mixed emotions for West Wittering

West Wittering's second team were crowned West Sussex Invitation League Division 8 champions on Saturday

West Wittering's second team were crowned West Sussex Invitation League Division 8 champions on Saturday

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WEST WITTERING Cricket Club missed out on winning promotion after they fell to 
defeat against Horsham’s third team on Saturday.

WEST WITTERING Cricket Club missed out on winning promotion after they fell to 
defeat against Horsham’s third team on Saturday.

Wittering knew they needed a win in their final league clash of the season to have any hope of going up.

However, they did not manage to get the victory, meaning they sit in third place having finished their season.

They are 57 points off second-placed Brighton & Hove thirds, who still have a game to play.

Wittering won the toss and elected to bat on a reasonable track, expecting it to break up later for the spinners.

It was a slow but steady start for openers Luke Short (10) and Gareth Lendrum (19) but unfortunately they could not continue in their fine form from the previous week.

Mark Taylor returned to the fold and was the only real contributer in the innings, with a gritty and controlled 41.

After some horrendous shot selections, Wittering were skittled out for just 121.

Confident in their fielding and bowling ability, Wittering came out firing, opening up with spin twins James Staight and Richard Hammond (1-18).

Hammond claimed the first wicket, then Horsham’s batsman dug in.

Noblett (29) and Mallows (33) frustrated Wittering and stayed in for almost 30 overs, scoring slowly.

Pick of the bowlers Alex Salmon (2-25) broke the partnership and gave Wittering hope.

Horsham required just one to win, with four wickets in hand.

Skipper Tupper took the ball and bowled a maiden.

Taylor was then handed the ball and he defied convention taking a wicket maiden, leaving Horsham stuck on 121 for seven.

Tupper continued in the same vein, also taking a wicket maiden. However, Taylor could not be the hero, having a single taken off the first ball of his second over.

Wittering finish their first season in Division 3 in third, a great season once again, in which ten wins were picked up.

West Wittering second v Goring third

Invitation League Division 8

WEST WITTERING’S second team went into their final game of the season needing just eight points to be crowned league champions.

After winning the toss, Wittering elected to field first. The first Goring wicket fell in the opening over.

A number of wickets fell in quick succession after this, leaving Goring in real trouble.

Joe Sissons took his first-ever five-wicket haul, finishing with figures of 5-9.

He was ably assisted by a spectacular flying catch from Rob Gray in the slips and a skier catch at fly-slip by Marc Slowey.

Kevin Allsobrook and Andrew Priestly finished off the remainder of the innings with figures of 4 -3 and 1-12 respectively, as Goring were all out for 41 in 
17 overs.

Opening Batsman Alex Fitzgerald scored a quick-fire 23, while this season’s top run-scorer Liam Bates made 12 to see his side home in just six overs as they secured the title.

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