There was frustration for Aldwick in the latest round of West Sussex Invitation League games – but West Wittering got back to winning ways.
Worthing III v Aldwick
Invitation League division three
Second-placed Aldwick came back from Worthing frustrated they could not get break down the resistance of the home’s side last pair and were forced to settle for a draw – and lose ground to table toppers Eastergate.
Aldwick rattled up a healthy 222 for seven from their allotted overs but at 87 for five it could easily have been a different story.
Worthing’s bowlers shared the wickets before the Robinson brothers took over with a welcome sixth-wicket partnership. Adam (82) joined his brother Dan (33) and they put on 87 until Dan was undone by Lloyd Osland (1-35).
Earlier, Adam Rutter (37) made a valuable contribution with the bat and Harvey Von Biel and Jack Westlake took two wickets apiece.
A five-wicket haul from Ollie Smith (5-48) and three for Keelan Belcher (3-29) almost won it for the visitors but Paul Westlake (19*) and Jack Westlake (0*) held firm after early runs from Tim Dunn (25) , Kevin Punter (22), and Michael Hodnett (21) in a final total of 166 for nine.
This week Aldwick host Himani and have a perfect chance to catch up with leaders Eastergate, who have a free weekend from league fixtures.
St Matthias v West Wittering
Invitation League div four
After two defeats, Wittering got their season back on track with a nail-biting finish at St Matthias.
With storms forecast, the teams were fortunate to lose just half an hour’s play through rain early on.
Wittering decided to bat but at four for two, it looked like a poor decision. But Taylor (32) and Hackshaw (30) steadied the ship.
Wickets fell at a steady rate, but all-rounder Alex Salmon that took the plaudits with an explosive 42. Wittering were eventually all out for 153.
St Matthias had 49 overs to chase the total but also lost early wickets, the score at seven for two, with Osborne (3-52) and Jewiss (1-9) taking one apiece.
Saunders (68*) and J Sayers (28) dug in, taking the score to 66 before Sayers played on. Once the partnership was broken, wickets continued to fall, extras contributing.
At 122 for nine the game was set up for a good finish and the pair took the score to 150 before a careless run-out gifted Wittering the win by just three runs - Salmon with the man of the match award for 42 runs and four for 30 with the ball.
The first XI remain top, as do the second XI in division nine, despite defeat at home to Littlehampton III.
Aldwick II v Goring-by-Sea III
Aldwick were skittled out for just 71 in a poor batting performance – but Harry Rosser provided a phenomenal bowling spell of seven for 26 which meant Goring only just passed the winning post by two wickets.
In Aldwick’s innings only Scott Bingham (10), Tom Hoare (19) and Will Pegg (14) made double figures in an unflattering display. The damage done was shared among all the five home bowlers with Jacob Parkin (3-13) being the top wicket-taker.
Rosser certainly caused alarm bells in the Goring camp by taking the first seven wickets in just ten overs. Anir Guha’s top score of 26 ensured the home side did not suffer an embarrassing defeat.
Aldwick slipped to third place but hope to regain their form this week against Warnham.
Chi Priory Park IV v Clymping II
Having won the toss, Chichester opted to bat – giving the youngsters a chance to test their skills.
At 15 for three, Clymping must have thought the game was theirs. Fielding and catching was very much on form but a gutsy application by Will Price, Albi Condron, Zach Thornton and stalwart Andy Barnes saw the score rise to 152 for eight after 40 overs.
At 44 for two off 12 overs, Clymping may have felt secure but a fine team performance by Chichester gave wicketkeeper Paul Walmsley one stumping and three catches, with Viran Chudasama taking five for 14 off eight overs.
A superb catch by Henry Condron boosted morale and determination paid off. Ryan Dawtrey (1-12), Mohan Babu (2-10) and Aidan Sheppard (2-10) reduced Clymping to 89 all out.