Cricket: Paddy’s power helps Tillington to victory

Lavant's David Burford strikes out against Westbourne
Lavant's David Burford strikes out against Westbourne

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Tillington v Graffham

Tillington recovered from their bad start to the season with a win.

Batting first, they got off to a poor start with two wickets in the first over. Dominic Groves (51), Tom Gumbrell and Paddy Cowell (74) led the fightback to get Tillington to 164 all out.

Graffham scored steadily through B Barratt (22) and P O’Sullivan (23). Good bowling from Jamie Dunstan and Dom Groves restricted runs but Nathan Kemp’s match figures of five for 14 secured the win with Graffham all out for 131.

There was a fine fielding performance from Laura Westmore, who stood in to make up Tillington’s numbers.

Lavant v Westbourne

Lavant’s batsmen were restricted to a total of 141 for eight by tight Westbourne bowling.

Peter and David Burford both made 29 and Mark Stevens 28, but Westbourne looked to be on top. As Lavant looked to push on for 150, 14-year-old Alex Burford was unlucky to be run out for 11 with his father Robin turning him back.

Pusinelli’s return of three for 24 from 13 overs restricted Lavant.

In reply Westbourne took advantage of some careless fielding with Maley scoring a quickfire 27. An accurate spell of three for 25 from ten overs by Dave Banks kept control for Lavant but Peter Hall’s left-arm spin turned the game.

Hall grabbed four for 26 from only six overs leaving Westbourne 30 short on 111.

Lurgashall v Witley

Lurgashall eased to a nine-wicket victory.

Witley made a slow start reaching only 13 for one in the first ten overs. The introduction of Aaron Evans (4-22) and Aaron Carter (4-13) brought wickets and Witley were all out for 82 in the 34th over.

Lurgashall got off to a rapid start with skipper Drew Clark scoring 21 before Adam Sharp (44no) and Seamus Lynch (9no) saw them home.

Hawkley v Salthill Sunday

At the picturesque ground of Hawkley, Salthill fielded first. Salthill were in a strong position up to the time skipper Heather became generous with the bowler selection.

The Hawkley tail wagged and Wrenn hit 47 at number nine. Wild (3-23) was the pick of the Salthill bowlers.

Opener Wallsgrove with 23 and Lawrence-Owen (31) made steady progress until the inevitable crash arose and Salthill lost by 34 runs.

Arun Wanderers v Ashling

Arun had cause to regret dropping Nic Loubser on nought as he went on to make 71 out of Ashling’s total of 156 for four.

He was supported by a solid 30 from Chris Cranna and a quickfire 24 not out from Paul Colley. Laurie Mellor took two wickets.

Carter (22) and Rose (20) were the major contributors to Arun’s reply, but with Steve Harvey and Nic Loubser both taking three for 14, and Henry Slatter weighing in with two wickets, Arun were 91 all out.

Madehurst v Aldwick

Madehurst were restricted to 95 off the first 32 overs but then finished with a bang, scoring 66 off the last eight.

Jim Lee’s unbeaten 49 was the main reason the home side posted a respectable total of 161.

Tight bowing from Harry Rosser (0-23) and Ollie Smith (2-32) and three wickets from Liam Hicks (3-26) were the highlights of the Aldwick attack.

The visitors won but only thanks to a bye of the last ball. Opening pair Amit Chauhan (67) and Adam Rutter (56*) set up the victory with a 114-run opening partnership. Ryan Barrett (2-23) slowed the innings and his contribution was the reason for the tense finish.

Aldwick Acorns v Beeding & Bramber II

Aldwick got off to a great start with openers Adam Robinson (41) and Alex Cooper (23) putting on 66 for the first wicket and setting up a platform for a high total. However, apart from Mark Lester (20) their batting colleagues let then down as they could only manage a below-par 136 all out after 39.3 overs. Ryan Mathews took three for 19 and John Barnes three for 15.

All-rounder Ryan Mathews (67) held the innings together and despite good bowling performances from David Robinson (3-21), Ben Bainbridge (2-26), and Josh Sargeant (2-22), Beeding & Bramber achieved victory in the 36th over.

Lodsworth v Kirdford

Kirdford won their first match of the season and won at Lodsworth’s ground for the first time this millennium.

Lodsworth batted first. A good start by M Hall (15) and J Hichey (22) was broken by sharp catching by man-of-the-match Paul Charman.

He took two stunning overhead catches off GShort (4-38) and the middle order was left exposed. J Upton (3-13) took full advantage by an excellent spell of tight bowling plus a brilliant slip catch and left Lodsworth all out for 104.

Kirdford started with a whimper at 12 for two, before P Charman (10) and skipper B Jeffery (21) steadied the ship. G Short (19) and G Hardie (23) put Kirdford into a winning position but a flurry of wickets brought Lodsworth back into it.

P Haywood (15) and J Lywood (7*) finished it off for the visitors.

Bognor Rebels Midweek XI v Chichester District Council:

CDC won the toss and elected to bat. A fine start was laid down by veteran Steve Harris (20) but after he was out to Louis Paul (2-3), they became tied down.

With the vibrant Ollie Adams taking three for 14 at the death, CDC finished on 84 for seven.

In reply, the burly Andy Quincey (26, retired) and zesty Mikey Harris (20) gave Bognor a sparkling start. With Josh Broad tickling a nice 20 not out, Bognor won the contest by seven wickets.

Bognor Rebels Sunday XI v Worthing

Bognor made steady progress through a 52-run partnership between Charlie La Foret (20) and Louis Paul. After La Foret’s departure, Paul and the combative Mark Hood (37) took Bognor on. Paul fell for a well-played 56 and Bognor ended on 164 for nine.

In reply, Worthing opening batters S Carter (73no) and M Crane (91no) played with power and panache as they reached the 165 target with 11 overs to spare.

Ebernoe v Ancient MarinersInbox

This was a low-scoring game, with the vistors managing a total of 110. A Read bowled superbly, finishing with five for 35 from a 16-over spell.

Ebernoe never got going with the bat and with eight of the batsman scoring single-figure totals, they were bowled out for 80.

Pagham v Ebernoe

The visit to Pagham was much livelier, with Pagham coming out the blocks incredibly quickly, racing to 180 for one with B Turner-Hogg scoring a very good 123 before retiring. Pagham declared on 222.

Ebernoe were 49 for four before great batting from A Clarke (68) and D Whittington (56) gave Ebernoe 205 for eight, leaving the match drawn.