Time running out for Chichester cricketers

Matt Geffen looks for a breakthrough for Chichester    Picture by Kate Shemilt C140824-4
Matt Geffen looks for a breakthrough for Chichester Picture by Kate Shemilt C140824-4

Chichester returned to Priory Park knowing a win at home to Lindfield was be cruical in their Sussex League division two relegation battle – but once again, it proved beyond them.

Heavy rain had fallen the previous day but it hadn’t affected the ground and the pitch looked perfect.

Chichester won the toss and under heavy skies captain Matt Geffen asked Lindfield to bat first. Lindfield began steadily, but seam bowlers Matt Geffen and Dan Joseph soon got into their stride.

Four wickets fell quickly and the visitors were teetering at 26 for four. But not for the first time this season, Chichester struggled to make further inroads as Lindfield began to rebuild.

Michael Rippon (60) put on half-century partnerships with James Aggio-Brewe (35) and Thom Brown (40). Once these three had departed it was left to Phil Weir to give the total a late boost as Lindfield closed their innings on 210 for nine.

Geffen collected his second five-wicket haul of the year, finishing with five for 55.

Two weeks ago Chichester had amassed 277 for one on the same pitch; therefore they were hopeful of completing the chase.

They got off to a bad start, losing George Stephens for a duck. Mark Bamford, playing his first game of the year, showed so sign of rust as he raced to 24 off 19 balls. Sadly he fell to the spin bowling of Aggio-Brewe just as he begin to show signs of taking the game away from the visitors.

With the score at 67 for three, Chichester were still on course to overhaul the target. Unfortunately four wickets fell for just one run in the space of a few overs.

It was 68 for seven and the home side were staring down the barrel of another defeat. After shining with the ball, Geffen and Joseph put on an entertaining partnership. However the home captain was the last man out with the score on 103, condemning Chichester to another defeat, this time by 107 runs.

With three games to go, Chichester are 50 points from safety. While relegation hasn’t been mathematically confirmed, it’s beginning to look highly likely.

Chichester’s next match is away to bottom side Goring this weekend.