Chichester needed a positive result against Sussex League division two bottom side Goring – but lost again and now have one foot in division three for next season.
Goring captain Alex Maynard invited Chichester to bat first on a dusty wicket and their openers got an early reprieve when Beck Hemingway was dropped on nought.
They were scoring positively until Sean Dobbs fell with the score on 38. Hemingway, one of the bright spots for Chichester this season, looked in excellent form and bought up his fourth half-century of the year.
The introduction of spinners Shane DeBeer and Aaron Wyatt changed the game. Hemingway was caught behind for 63 and it triggered a flurry of wickets. Not for the first time this year, Chichester looked to their lower order to salvage a respectable score. Ollie Greenlees and Tom Dempster scored useful runs until they too became victims of the spin twins.
DeBeer took the final wicket and the visitors were all out for 187 inside 45 overs. DeBeer finished with four for 47 and Wyatt took four for 25.
Chichester needed early wickets to stand a chance. Hemingway removed opener Dan Kearney for 14.
Barnaby Lyons and Alex Maynard soon began to take the game away from the visitors. The pair batted aggressively and the home side were racing towards the target.
Lyons scored 55 off 59 balls and Maynard 72 off 57 balls before they both fell to Matt Geffen. Chichester’s primary seam bowler also removed DeBeer but the damage had been done. Ben Cartwright hit the winning runs as Goring eased to a six-wicket victory.
The defeat saw Chichester replace Goring at the foot of the table and further hit their chances of survival. With two tough games against promotion-chasing teams remaining, safety is looking extremely difficult for the men from Priory Park.
Chichester visit league leaders Middleton this Saturday.
Chichester PP II v Goring
Charlie Futcher blew the record books away in the second XI match as he blasted his way to 184 off only 102 balls, including 33 boundaries.
He started as he meant to carry on, caressing his first two balls through the covers for four. He brought up his 100 in only 59 balls and went on to bring up his 150 with a towering six into the bowls green.
This innings was not one of frenzy, it was compiled through clean hitting, excellent timing and a calmness that belied his 18 years of age. When Charlie was eventually out, caught on the long-off boundary, he had contributed 184 out of a total of 260 runs.
Priory Park went on to amass a record-breaking 360 with Olly Troy making an elegant 50.
Despite having 55 overs to bowl out Goring, the match finished as a draw. Goring were eight wickets down at the end with skipper Johnny Heaven taking four for 32 off 19 overs.
The day will long be remembered for the outstanding innings from Futcher, appreciated and enjoyed by the spectators.
Futcher’s knock is the highest individual score in a Sussex League match at Priory Park.