Village cricket: Wakefield’s a wow but Lavant and Boxgrove are denied

Action featuring Lavant. Boxgrove, Lurgashall, Aldwick and Walberton is rounded up in our latest tour of West Sussex’s village cricket grounds.

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Lavant v Boxgove

Stevens, skippering Lavant for the first time, lost the toss and Lavant were asked to bat. Lavant scored more than 50 for the opening partnership for the first time for many weeks with Rawnsley dominating.

Brooker continued in perfect form before being bowled by a ball that jagged and kept low. Carroll hit an unbeaten 50, well supported by Berkley, and Lavant declared at 204 for four.

Boxgrove’s reply got off to a slow but steady start thanks to some tight bowling by Davies and Rawnsley and with 17 overs left, Boxgrove were five down and needed about 160.

Wakefield set about the Lavant bowling, scoring 26 in one over, and what looked like a win for Lavant became a desperate effort to save the game. Wakefield scored 122 before he was run out by a direct hit from skipper Stevens from long on. Neither Lavant’s bowlers or Boxgrove’s new batsmen could force a result and Boxgrove ended their innings on 193 for six.

Lavant v Twelfth Man

Twelfth Man won the toss and batted first. They lost their first wicket to the second ball and never recovered. A score of 22 for four quickly became 30 for eight and eventually Twelfth Man were all out for 34.

Lavant held all their catches including two good diving catches from Hall in the gully and Nash at mid-on, his first catch for Lavant.

Lavant quickly knocked off the runs for the loss of one wicket, Carroll continuing his fine form and dispatching the ball to all parts of the boundary. Tea was taken early and a ten-over beer match followed with Lavant reversing the batting order so everyone had a game.

Lurgashall v Tongham

Tongham batted first and were soon in trouble as Paul White (5-36) and Aaron Carter (3-12) reduced them to 39 for eight.

The ninth-wicket pair added 30, but they were all out for 73 in 25 overs. Lurgashall lost two quick wickets in reply but Seamus Lynch (36no) together with Darren Hodd (10) and a quickfire 23 not out from Aaron Evans saw the home team to victory by seven wickets.

Beeding & Bramber v Aldwick

Young Adam Robinson (81) scored his second half-century of the season and he was well supported by Liam Hicks (24) and his older sibling Matt Robinson (31) as Aldwick reached 207. Junawa (4-54) and Peter Smith (3-31) were Beeding’s best bowlers.

The start of the Beeding innings saw a wonderful piece of sportsmanship as 70-year-old M Fitzpatrick accidentally stepped on his wicket and was recalled by the Aldwick skipper in a sporting gesture that was appreciated by all.

Some marvellous hitting by P Lane (73) and A Karim (42) gave the home side a chance but consistent wickets from Ian Guppy (2), Ollie Smith (2) and Grant Wilson (3) eventually saw Aldwick home by 22 runs

Aldwick Acorns v Walberton

Despite 49 from Tom Hoare and 39 from Dion Sampson, Aldwick struggled to 143 all out. Richard Lockwood (5-25) and A Bist (3-17) were Walberton’s best bowlers.

In a gentle cantor to victory, Luke Vinter (77*), Jordan Bist (23) & Raj (20*) saw Walberton home.