Invitation League: Mixed fortunes for Aldwick and West Wittering

Mark Slowey bats for West Wittering seconds against Chichester  Picture by Kate Shemilt C131041-6
Mark Slowey bats for West Wittering seconds against Chichester Picture by Kate Shemilt C131041-6
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Action involving Aldwick’s first and second XIs and West Wittering’s features in our latest Invitation League round-up.

Clayton & Belgrave Adelaide v Aldwick

Division three

Aldwick batted first and and posted 204 for nine from 47 overs - but they could not bowl Clayton & Belrave Adelaide out before the rain came and the game was drawn.

Aldwick skipper Joel Lodge started his team’s innings with a plucky 36 before he was undone leg before by Ashley Smith.

Middle-order pair Alex Cooper (36) and Dan Robinson (40) took the score from 58 for three to 137 for four and a good knock down the order from Amit Chauhan (29*) ensured the visitors’ final total was over the 200 mark.

Opening bowler Jordan Woodsford (4-46) took wickets at regular intervals.

In reply, things started well for Clayton with opener Adam Din (54) making a half-century before he fell to Ollie Smith (2-12). Smith and Keelan Belcher (3-51) then got on top taking five wickets between them and the game swung in Aldwick’s favour.

Clayton’s bowling hero Woodsford (30*) was threatening to become a matchwinner with the bat. However, the result was taken out of both teams’ hands by the weather. Aldwick remain third in the table.

n At home in division seven, Aldwick seconds could only bowl six overs against PC UK before the match was abandoned in the rain.

West Wittering v Chichester 3rd

Div five

The game was cut short by the inclement weather, but not before enough overs were bowled to constitute a fixture.

Wittering were asked to field. The opening partnership of Odell (55) and Hopkins (39) was difficult to break but Kevin Allsobrook (3-11) did so in his first over.

James Staight (1-49) clean-bowled Odell and wickets began to fall. Richard Hammond bowled well and took three wickets for 35, two caught by Staight. Chichester reached 211 for eight.

Mark Taylor and James White opened for Wittering, reaching 43 before Taylor was caught behind for 12. White (31) was also caught behind square after a good stint at the crease.

Carl Tupper and Mitch Hackshaw played gutsy innings in unfavourable conditions and on a sticky pitch. Tupper finished with 19 not out and Hackshaw 36 not out when the innings was bought to a close, the score on 112 for two.

The result gave Wittering 11 points, putting them 31 points clear at the top of the table.

West Wittering 2nd v Middleton Academy

Division ten

Two teams in good form and racing for promotion met at Millennium Meadow. Middleton Academy won the toss and sent West Wittering into bat.

On a pitch that had seen better days, the opening batsmen struggled with the swing of the ball and irregular bounce of the pitch and were soon all out for only 87. Elliot Williams was the only player to have any success with the bat with a battling 29.

Middleton batted with calm heads, knowing the runs would eventually come without having to take any risks, and were able to knock off the runs in 26 overs for the loss of only one wicket, Harry Pacey scoring an unbeaten 47.

It was a disappointing day for Wittering, who now have to win both remaining matches to have a chance of promotion.

After three years of West Wittering’s six-a-side competition and three years of trying, the Zimbos finally have etched their name on the shield.

After some thrilling group matches with outstanding fielding displays, clever bowling and explosive batting, the final four positions were decided.

Fourth went to 666s who lost out in a bowl-off to third-placed Young Guns.

In the final, the Zimbos batted first and posted a reasonable 66, leaving the Selsey Sharks 67 to win from their six overs.

Richard Hammond and Rob Gray opened for the Sharks and got off to a good start. Gray was caught on the boundary and Chalenor joined Hammond. Both stayed until the end, but could only make 54, giving the Zimbos victory by just 12 runs.

If you are interested in taking part in the West Wittering tournament next year, contact Carl Tupper at ctupper21@hotmail.co.uk