Aldwick sitting pretty ... Wittering can’t ground Partridge

Aldwick's class of 2014  Picture by KKate Shemilt C140567-1
Aldwick's class of 2014 Picture by KKate Shemilt C140567-1

We have action involving Aldwick, West Wittering and Chichester Priory Park in our latest Invitation League round-up.

Aldwick v Southwick

Invitation League div three

Five games in, Aldwick are sitting pretty at the top of the table with an 18-point lead over second-placed Crawley Nayee.

Aldwick skipper Joel Lodge (60) led from the front with the top score in a final total of 206 for seven.

In mid-innings, Alex Cooper (38) and Adam Robinson (13) added 50 in an important sixth-wicket partnership. For Southwick, Russell Martin took three for 46 including the scalp of skipper Lodge.

So far this year, Aldwick’s bowling attack have ripped through their opponents with relative ease and in this game, true to form, they rolled over the visitors for just 96 in 30.2 overs.

Opening pair Adam Robinson (1-14) and Keelan Belcher (3-12) made the intial inroads and then it was left to Ollie Smith (3-12), Liam Hicks (2-39) and Ed Firlotte (1-14) to finish the job with style. Chay Chapman top-scored for the visitors with 26.

West Wittering v Partridge Green

Div four

The visitors’ skipper asked West Witt to bat first and Mark Taylor (4) and Gareth Lendrum (2) were back in the hutch within the first few overs.

But skipper Carl Tupper and Mitch Hackshaw settled the boat with some fine strokes. Hackshaw missed a straight one and was bowled for 16 followed quickly by Richard Hammond (1).

Ollie Lingham-Davis enjoyed himself until he fell into a trap and headed back to the pavilion for 13 with West Wittering 52 for five.

Matt Jewiss supported Tupper, who by now had passed his half-century. Jewiss went for 17 and Joe Pink amassed 21 before being bowled, while Spike Western went for a duck.

Seasoned campaigner Kevin Allsobrook helped Tupper take the total to 200 for eight, Allsobrook ending ten not out and skipper Tupper, who played majestically for an effortless and chance-free 102 not out.

Opening bowlers Allsobrook and Tim Osborne took the first three scalps and after that it was always going to be a positive result for the home side.

The away side wanted to close up the shop, but Luke Woolgar seemed to play his normal game and was on 49 when he was caught by the only player outside the mushroom field at mid-off.

Tupper tried variations of bowlers, with the spin of Hammond, the experience and cunning of Allsobrook and the pace of Osborne, Ollie Lingham-Davis and Western. Partridge Green ended up on 114 for seven.

Chichester 3rd v Worthing Chippingdale 2nd

Div six

Chichester captain Guy Montgomery elected to bowl first and Chippingdale lost early wickets to the tight bowling of Richard Creswick (1-32), Guy Montgomery (1-12) and a superb spell of leg-spin by Harry Randell (3-36) which reduced Chippingdale to 41 for five.

The Chichester bowlers kept it tight and reduced Chippindale to 114 all out in the 37th over with young bowlers Nick Berryman (3-21) and Dan Patterson (2-5) contributing.

Chichester lost early wickets and were reduced to 21 for four in the 13th over before young wicketkeeper Luke Carter (13) and James Stemp (9) tried to rebuild Chichester’s innings.

But Chichester collapsed to to 62 for all out in the 35th over with only Harry Randall (8) and Henry Whitby (7) showing any resistance.

Broadbridge Heath 2nd v Aldwick 2nd

Div seven

Chasing 195 for victory, Aldwick were struggling at 100 for six but then Grant Wilson strode to the crease and proceeded to hit 43 in just 12 balls.

And with grateful support from Will Pegg (23*) took their side to within four runs of victory in a gripping finale.

Jeff Dawe (2-43) and Ian Stocker (3-55) bowled tightly to ensure Broadbridge Heath got over the line in a tense finish.

Earlier, an opening partnership of 64 from Jordan Bist (37) and Scott Bingham (27) gave the visitors a good platform to make the home side nervous.

In the end, it was almost certainly Aldwick’s bowlers who were responsible for the defeat by bowling an alarming 29 wides. Good batting from John Baker (76) with solid support from Jeff Dawe (32) set up the home side’s par score.

Harry Rosser, Jordan Bist and Jonny Knapp all bagged two wickets apiece but the extras were the main the culprit in the defeat.