We’ve action featuring Kirdford, Singleton, Ebernoe, Fittleworth, Aldwick, Walberton, Aldwick, Lavant, Arundel, Ashling and Bognor in our latest round-up of village and friendly cricket.
Kirdford v Singleton
Asked to bat first on a glorious day, Kirdford returned to their disastrous early-season form.
They were hovering on the brink of chaos at ten for four before being partially rescued by S Johnston (20) and J Rountree (42).
The final score was still only 79, and the root-cause of this was the young bowler Nick Berryman, who took six for seven.
The runs were knocked off fairly smartly by S Pegg (39) and L Dawtray (31), but not before G Hardie (3-21) had ruffled a few feathers and placed some doubt in the minds of the middle order.
It was a perfect day for cricket.
Ebernoe v Jammers
Jammers batted first in this 30-over game and posted a score of 176, with opener R Blaise hitting 86.
Ebernoe started well with M Fauvet (55) and D Turner (51) leaving Ebernoe on 126 for one. Only two more wickets fell before they reached the target with three overs to spare.
Fittleworth v Ebernoe
The hosts put Ebernoe into bat, and they managed a total of 242 for five, M Fauvet continuing his good form with 90 and A Carter hitting 69.
Fittleworth never looked like going for the total and ended the game on 138 for seven, leaving the match drawn – the fourth Sunday draw in a row for Ebernoe.
Aldwick v Walberton
Batting first, Walberton were on fire racing to a massive 245 for four with N Jackon (58*) and A Kemp (55*) hitting boundaries at random after top scorer J Murphy (70) set the platform for a high total. Jonny Knapp and Harry Rossor took two wickets apiece.
Aldwick were bowled out for just 119 and without Ollie Smith’s valuable 57 it would have been embarrassing. Tony and Jordan Bist and K Phillips were the top wicket-takers in a victory for the visitors by 126 runs.
Watersfield v Aldwick Acorns
Aldwick were not at the races as they struggled to 82 all out. Only Dion Sampson (15), Herman Paul (15) and Louis Paul (11) made double figures in a ragged performance. Main reason for the low score was Mike Elkins top drawer bowling spell taking three for eight in nine overs.
Despite losing early wickets, Gary Elliott (16*) and Gerald Clark (25*) saw Watersfield home comfortably by seven wickets.
Lavant v Arundel Grasshoppers
If all catches had been held in this match, it would have been over very quickly. But somehow Lavant, batting first, managed to score 146 all out.
As usual, they lost their opening pair cheaply, but that was followed by a steady recovery by Berkley, Blanch and P Burford, who all escaped dropped catches.
None of the Lavant batsmen made a big score despite making a start and it was left to Rawnsley and R Burford to add welcome runs for the last wicket.
Arundel’s reply started hesitantly with the first wicket falling to a fine slip catch by Blanch but this brought Barber and then Carroll to the crease.
Both survived early dropped catches and decided it was too hot to run singles so they scored very freely in boundaries all around the ground.
Each passed 50 before Barber was bowled trying to hit one of the ground – but Arundel won by seven wickets.
Old Hambledonians v Ashling
Ashling’s bowlers toiled in the heat but could not contain Snow (42) and Sauer (87*) as the home team built a formidable total of 176 for five from 40 overs. MacLehose’s two for 35 was the best of the Ashling bowlers.
Ashling’s slow start in reply gave little hint of what was to come. Jimmy Taylor (36) set about the Hambledonians’ attack, before Nic Loubser (61*) and Fergus MacLehose (66*) chased down the target with 11 overs to spare in a display of big hitting which included 12 sixes and 16 fours.
Bognor Rebels Sunday XI v Rustington
On a beautiful day at the Regis Oval, Rustington chose to bat. Openers Alex Fitch (24) and Simon West (23) made a good start despite the efforts of Bognor seamer Babs Ahmed (1-32) swinging the ball both ways.
Mikey Harris and Josh Broad bagged a wicket apiece before spin took centre stage: Charlie La Foret bagged two for 13 with his off-breaks and skipper John Hooker took two for 22.
Languid batsman Ryan Walkley sneaked in with two for six and with Alex Burford bagging the last wicket, Rustington were all out for 137.
After the early loss of Mark Hood, keeper Adam Evans and Harris took centre stage as they caressed the ball around, Evans making 46 and Harris making 50.
A quick blast from Harry Hood (19) took Bognor over the line by seven wickets.