Aldwick and West Wittering are both enjyonig flynig starts to their West Sussex Invitation League campaigns.
Aldwick v Worthing III
Invitation League division three
Three games in, Aldwick are top of the table 15 points above second-placed Himani.
A comfortable victory by 149 runs highlighted the potential of the current squad but there is a long way to go before talk about another promotion becomes a reality.
Batting first, Aldwick Skipper Joel Lodge (31) and Dean Stokes (26) got the home side off to a good start with a 62-run partnership.
Adam Rutter (37) and Alex Cooper (81*) provided the bulk of the final total with a 104-run partnership andn Aldwick finished on 218 for five.
In reply, opener Tim Dunn (19) and Kevin Punter (36) did their best but the Aldwick bowling attack was too strong and rolled over their team for69 all out.
Keelan Belcher was in top form with three for 20 with good support from Liam Hicks (2-15).
This week, Aldwick travel to second-placed Himani 1.
West Wittering v St Matthias
A brilliant seven-wicket haul from man-of-the-match James Staight and a fluid half-century from twin Harry helped West Wittering continue their perfect start to the season.
Winning the toss and choosing to field, Wittering were rewarded with an early wicket when Matt Jewis had the away team’s opener caught for a duck.
A gritty second-wicket partnership of 105 had the hosts reeling before captain Carl Tupper tossed the ball to his spinners. Rich Hammond got the crucial second wicket, but Staight stole the show.
He removed six of the seven remaining batsmen in a perfect display of spin bowling. Varying his pace and flight he was able to take his wickets for the loss of only 15 runs, the Matthias innings ending on 136.
Wittering openers Mark Taylor (8) and Gareth Lendrum (29) provided a steady start, but it was the second member of the Staight family, Harry, who finished the job off. His outstanding 54 not out was punctuated with some textbook strokes, particularly through the offside.
He saw his team home for the loss of five wickets to take maximum points, a result which delighted home skipper Tupper.
He said: “ I’m so pleased with the direction the club is going in – both our sides have a 100 per cent record and we hope to keep this up for as long as possible.”
Goring III v Aldwick II
Aldwick twos were victorious as centurion Leigh Monk (117*) and skipper Matt Robinson ( 46 ) set up a 160-run win.
Monk and Robinson put on 80 for the third wicket after Aldwick wobbled at 17 for two, but Monk’s unbeaten century, which included 15 fours and six sixes and Will Pegg’s 23 not out had the visitors at 245 for four after their 40 overs.
Grant Wilson (3-21) and Scott Bingham (2-15) instigated the victory with strong opening bowling spells. Ben Bainbridge wrapped it all up with four for 13 as the home side were rolled over for 85.