Worthing thwarted by Horsham – Roffey have week to forget – Haywards Heath still joint top

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There’s news of Worthing CC, Horsham CC, Roffey CC, Haywards Heath CC, Broadwater CC and Southwick & Shoreham CC in this latest cricket round-up.

Worthing ended up well-beaten at home to Horsham as their search continued for a first Sussex Premier League win of the season.

Horsham totalled 278-4 in their 50 overs before bowling out the home side for Worthing 182 in 40.3 overs for a comfortable win.

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After being put in, Horsham went one down without a run on the board, and then slipped to 36-2.

Campbell Macmillan on his way to Worthing's top score v Horsham | Picture: Stephen GoodgerCampbell Macmillan on his way to Worthing's top score v Horsham | Picture: Stephen Goodger
Campbell Macmillan on his way to Worthing's top score v Horsham | Picture: Stephen Goodger

But overseas player Jayden Goodwin continued his good form with 89, participating in a telling fourth wicket partnership of 91 with skipper Will Beer (108 not out).

Four different bowlers took a wicket apiece.

In reply, Worthing reached 116-2 with four players going on to make promising starts, Campbell Macmillan top scoring with 53.

But Aden-Jay Wood was the only other batter to pass 30 and Sam Martin-Jenkins with 4-35 and Oliver Avinou (2-14) polished off the middle order and tail, the last five wickets falling for the addition of just seven runs.

AJ Wood batting for Worthing v Horsham | Picture: Stephen GoodgerAJ Wood batting for Worthing v Horsham | Picture: Stephen Goodger
AJ Wood batting for Worthing v Horsham | Picture: Stephen Goodger

Worthing visit Hastings this Saturday.

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Dom Clapp, who captained Worthing with Darryl Rebbetts absent, said: “Will Beer scored a very good century finishing unbeaten on 108. He was well supported by their overseas player Jayden Goodwin.

"In reply we were all out for 182. Our overseas player from Zimbabwe. Campbell Macmillan, made 53 and AJ Wood made 33.

"After 17 overs we were in a strong position at 106-2 but unfortunately wickets kept falling so were never really in it.

"Gavin Miles remained unbeaten on 29.

"Now we make the long trip to Hastings next week where the format changes to red ball declaration cricket and we hope to pick up our first win of the season.”

Roffey CC

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Captain Matt Davies reflected on a weekend of losses which saw Roffey lose league and cup clashes.

At Cuckfield in the Sussex Premier Division, Roffey’s 218 all out was overhauled by the hosts with four wickets in hand.

At Sunbury in the Conference Cup, Roffey scored a useful 260 off their 45 overs, only for experienced Sunbury to cruise to victory.

Roffey put on 72 for the first wicket, and when Jonny Phelps was out for 36, captain Sam Henderson (41) joined Shams Suddahazai (97) in an 82-run partnership.

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But from a commanding 203-2, Roffey’s young, depleted side was disappointed to score only 57 more.

Sunbury put 104 on the board before losing a wicket. But soon they were 112-3 with Roffey still very much in contention.

Sunbury, though, got to 208 before losing their next wicket, and, although they then went five down, the eight bowlers used by Roffey were unable to inflict further damage.

Davies’ men will look to lift themselves at home to Bognor on Saturday.

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He said: “Cuckfield was a very disappointing loss considering the position we got ourselves in with the bat. We should have got to 250+ but lost wickets regularly and recklessly.

"We bowled okay – Toby (Munt) and Harnoop (Kalsi) in particular – but didn't create enough chances on what was a flat pitch.

"Against Sunbury we batted pretty well on a good wicket but were probably 30-40 runs short of a par score. Shams was outstanding with the bat, but we didn't bowl as well as we would've hoped.”


St James Montefiore v Haywards Heath

Division 2

Haywards Heath remain joint top of Division 2 of the Sussex Cricket League after registering their fourth win in five at the weekend.

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They are level on 133 points with West Chiltington and Thakeham, with both teams having won four of their opening five matches.

Callum Smith’s side’s latest success was a six-wicket win at St James Montefiore.

St James were indebted to Olly Bradley for his knock of 108 as they were bowled out for 211, with Jethro Menzies taking 3-26 and Chria Abbey 3-41.

Heath reached their target with hardly any alarms as Ben Matthew’s 55 and 30s from Menzies, Smith and Guy Moore got them home in less than 37 overs and with only four men out.

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In Division 4 West, Broadwater were the visitors to Goodwood and won by seven wickets, replying with 185-3 after Chi were all out for 184.

Broadwater skipper Benn Challen (60) led them to victory.

Edenbridge 2nd XI v Southwick & Shoreham

Division 8 Central

Only four first team regulars made the long trip to the leafy Edenbridge ground in Kent.

A debutant keeper, a couple of youngsters and a few willing 2nd XI stalwarts stepped into the breach.

Skipper Harry Dorgan lost the toss and the Wickers were asked to bat. The Edenbridge bowlers were in impressive form, giving little away and taking wickets with regularity.

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Opener Dean Ghasemi stuck around for 68 balls for 22, only eight of which came in boundaries for the usually big hitting Ghasemi.

Skip Dorgan attempted a fightback whacking 18 from 19 balls and Gary Mussen hit 13 off 16, but scorer Keith Humphries was barely troubled by the other batters as S&S tumbled to 79 all out from 30.4 overs.

The Edenbridge bowling figures were very impressive, best among them Andy Hill with 9-2-20-3.

Needing an early breakthrough, the Wickers opening attack of Mussen and Harry Cracknell bowled tight spells and Mussen in particular enjoyed little luck during his five overs.

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Dorgan also proved frugal but without the lift of a wicket or three, and the Edenbridge openers worked their way to a winning total in 18 overs.

It seemed that Priyesh Vyas was caught behind but a vociferous appeal was unheeded by the umpire, Vyas going on to hit 48 not out much to the chagrin of the visiting XI.

Stuart Gibbs scored 31 to send the Sussex outfit back to the coast nursing a defeat.

Dorgan said: “Every setback is a set-up for a comeback... I believe in our team’s resilience and determination."

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