Winning performance pleases skipper Waller

Broadwater Cricket Club skipper Nigel Waller was pleased to see his side return from a week off with victory at Wisborough Green on Saturday.

Corey Cogan smashed 76 as Broadwater cruised to a 125-run win over Wisborough Green on Saturday
Corey Cogan smashed 76 as Broadwater cruised to a 125-run win over Wisborough Green on Saturday

Waller’s side sealed a 125-run victory to leave them 15 points clear at the West Sussex Invitation League summit, with a game in hand over Ram below them.

A seventh win of the season never looked in doubt after Waller decided to bring his team in after 45 overs, having reached 235-5.

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Corey Cogan’s 76 and contributions from Graham Merritt-Blann (37), Chris Green (34) and Gareth Challen (30) helped them declare four overs early.

James Salisbury’s 5-55 and three wickets from Merritt-Blann then helped Broadwater dismiss Wisborough for 110 in 32.4 overs.

Skipper Waller felt it was an ideal way to return to action following a poor display against Ram in their previous game.

He said: “We didn’t play very well in our last game before a week’s break.

“It’s difficult to know how everyone will come back after a break but we played well.

“Wisborough always produce a good wicket and we made the most of that with the bat.

“Everyone contributed and we got our runs quickly which gave us a chance to declare early. James and Graham then picked up some vital wickets as we secured a quite comfortable win in the end.”

Victory sets Broadwater up nicely for a huge couple of weeks now. First, they face fourth-placed Eastergate on Saturday before a clash with third-placed Littlehampton a week later.

Despite his side’s cushion at the top, Waller believes four teams are still in the title hunt.

He added: “If you had told me we would be in the position we are at the start of the season I would not have believed you.

“We’ve played some good cricket but we haven’t achieved anything yet.

“There are still four teams in with a great chance of winning this division.

“We know that one slip up could well turn out to cost us and with a big couple of weeks ahead we need to remain focused.”

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