Barns Green v Aldwick
Invitation League div three
A weary Aldwick returned from playing six games in six days on their Isle of Wight tour to resume their 2014 league campaign.
Despite their aches and pains, Aldwick beat Green by four wickets – but remain second place as rivals Eastergate also won and remain in top spot.
In a low-scoring game, Adam Robinson (1-24) disposed of Green skipper Matt Bassett with the first ball but then Martin Heron (36) and Adam Rice (30) took the score to 58.
First-change bowlers Ollie Smith (6-52) and Keelan Belcher (3-25) rolled over Green for 125 in the 29th over.
Skipper Joel Lodge (60) saw his side home with a valuable knock supported by Adam Rutter (36). However, Danny Conway ( 4-30) almost spoiled the party for the returning tourists bagging four quick wickets which had the home side wobbling – but they stayed calm and won by four wickets in the 38th over.
This week, Aldwick welcome Eastergate to the Felpham Oval in a game which will almost certainly decide who will win the division.
Findon v West Wittering
Findon won the toss and began with a flurry of runs, but wise old campaigner Kevin Allsobrook took the first wicket.
Wickets fell at regular intervals as Joe Pink and Ollie Lingham-Davis chipped in with the next three victims.
James Henman entered the arena with a great selection of shots, smashing the ball over the fence for a few maximums.
Allsobrook returned to dispose of him, finishing with three for 31 off 11 overs. Findon ended on 215 for seven off 49 overs, Henman scoring 84.
West Wittering’s reply started with a whimper as Mark Taylor was caught behind off the second ball, chasing a wide ball. Plenty of players got in but soon left with their tails between their legs.
Skipper Carl Tupper scored 17, Richard Hammond 13 and the returning Mitch Hackshaw 15.
The middle order was transparent and only contributed nine, so the tail had to wag to allow West Wittering to gain batting points.
Then 61 for six became 80 for seven – but with Langham-Davis and Alex Salmon making 11 and 20 respectively the writing was on the wall for their first loss of the season.
Allsobrook and Joe Pink couldn’t save the day again – trying to bat out for 22 overs for the last pair was probably too much. However they
looked solid and were ticking the scoreboard over.
They achieved the highest partnership, but Findon skipper Peter Hughes turned to Bradley Beale to conjure up some magic.
Pink sent one looping it up into the air for a catch and a well-deserved Findon win. Allsobrook was left eight not out, Pink 14. West Wittering were all out for 130. Findon won by 85 runs
St Andrews v Chichester 3rd
St Andrews skipper Stuart Murray won the toss and elected to field, a decision that seem to have paid off in overcast conditions as they reduced Chichester to 34 for four in the 12th over.
Duncan Edwards (2-41) and Dan Nicholls (4-35) took two wickets apiece. That brought together Mike Alder (23) and Charlie Futcher (108) and they put on 71 for the fifth wicket in just ten overs.
Nicholls came back on to take two more Chichester wickets as they were reduced to 105 for six.
Harry Randell (19) joined Futcher, who was playing a mix of solid defence and big-hitting strokeplay. They put on 71 before Randell was out.
Futcher and Creswick (12) shared a 48-run partnership in just four overs, during which Futcher reached his maiden senior hundred which included ten fours and five sixes.
Sam Mayes (4-20) took the last four Chichester wickets as they ended 230 all out.
The St Andrews reply was steady as openers James Kerr (66) and Henry Tagg (34) put on 71 for the first wicket.
Nick Berryman (1-36) removed Tagg but Sam Kerwin (25) and Kerr put on 51.
The introduction of Chichester leg-spin duo Randell (1-46) and Aru Kathegesu (3-47) put the breaks on the scoring rate as they reduced St Andrews from 132 for two to 159 for four.
Chichester took wickets at regular intervals, with only Ryan Blake (17) getting into double figures. Third spinner Mohan Babu (2-12) helped contain the scoring as St Andrews ended on 195 for eight.
Aldwick 2 v Barns Green 2
Aldwick’s comfortable victory against Barns Green by six wickets consolidated their third place in the table and allowed them to make ground on second-placed Warnham and table toppers Broadbridge Heath. Aldwick are now just nine points behind the leaders.
All Aldwick’s five bowlers got among the wickets, bowling out the opposition for just 102. They failed to keep Warren Blanchard quiet and he top-scored with an unbeaten 41 but bowlers Grant Wilson (1-27) , Harry Rosser (3-20), Ceri Marsh (3-6), Ed Firlotte (2-33) and Luke Spindler (1-11) were the stars.
An unbeaten 40 from Aldwick opener Alex Rowland was the base that gave his side victory in the 22nd over. Good support from Wilson (25*) against the impressive bowling of Mathew Cooper (3-21) and James Christer (1-39) was enough to clinch maximum points for the home side.