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There’s action from Salthill, Aldwick, Goodwood, Ashling, Kirdford, Lavant and Bognor in our latest round-up from around the village cricket grounds and friendly matches.

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Jack Hardman came on to see the game off taking the final wicket with his third ball to complete an impressive win.

Salthill v Petersfield II

Hampshire League regional div one south

An overcast afternoon and a bowler-friendly wicket at the Fishbourne Centre greeted Salthill and Petersfield II.

Peterfield won the toss and put Salthill in and both openers were removed cheaply with E Bayliss taking both wickets.

Scott Richardson and Nick Bishop steadied the ship, talking Salthill from 7-2 to 66-3, when Richardson was dismissed for 21. Bishop continued what he started with Rupert Fisk joining him, both scoring quickly to finish on 44 and 43 respectively.

Salthill lost the next three wickets for six leaving Salthill on 141-7. However the tail-end contributed as Salthill finished on 195-9.

Petersfield’s reply started strongly with C Salmon and D Squires putting on 27. But James Cox made the vital breakthrough, bowling Squires on a wicket offering plenty for the bowlers.

Captain Ashley Court delivered very tight bowling at the other end, bowling three maidens and a double wicket maiden in seven overs, finishing with 2-21 and leaving Petersfield II 27-3.

With Salthill’s opening bowlers exposing the Petersfield middle order, Steve King and Ryan Dawtry continued where Court and Cox had left off taking 3-38 and 3-3 respectively.

Dawtry’s figures were a very impressive start to his senior cricket career on the day he turned 18.

With Petersfield II on 89-9, Jack Hardman came on to see the game off taking the final wicket with his third ball to complete an impressive win for Salthill, who have won three games out of four so far.

Aldwick held their first six-a-side tournament in three years due to the weather and, despite the wind depositing the marquee on top of the toilet block, it was a successful tournament.

Aldwick entertained teams from Hayling Island, Worthing, Eastergate and a local Bangladeshi team, but it was the Bognor cricket and Bognor football teams contesting a close-fought final.

The cricket club set a challenging 72 off five overs but the football club got home with two balls to spare losing only one wicket.

Billy Turner-Hogg was top batsman with the bowling award was shared by Ryan Barrett and Max Ashmore, with Ashmore also taking the fielding award. Sam Adams hit the most sixes.

Watersfield v Aldwick

Good knocks from Keelan Belcher (62) and the ever-reliable Alex Cooper helped push the Aldwick total to a par 161-8 despite the sterling efforts of Watersfield’s best bowler Will Harrison (3-35).

In the end 161 was not enough as Will Harrison (40) and Tommy Johnson (39) got their side off to a good start and created the platform for a home side victory by four wickets.

Aldwick fought hard to stay in the contest but despite the efforts of Ben Bambridge and Keelan Belcher (two wickets apiece) the home side were victorious.

Goodwood v Sussex Martlets

The ground was in magnificent condition and the wicket looked good for batting – and so it proved. 

Martlets lost the toss and Goodwood chose to bat first. Father and son Graeme and Matthew Bennison opened up for Goodwood.  They put on 40 before Matthew was out for 17. Graeme and Ezaz put on 50 before Graeme was run out for 40. 

A 100-run partnership between Ezaz and Peter Lamb probably put the game beyond the reach of Martlets. Lamb made 60 and Ezaz was out on the last ball for 84.

Johnny Clifton added nine and Hass scored 24 not out. Goodwood finished on 256 for five.

Martlets’ openers attacked from the first over. James Mayne took most of the punishment but Johnny Heaven fared a lot better and bowled a good spell of eight straight overs (1-22).

He removed one of the key batters, George Holman (37), with one that nipped back and took off stump. Nick Smith replaced Mayne and removed the other opener (caught by Hass), James Hope for 31, and finished with 2-35.

Richard Geffen took one for 29 before Mayne returned and and cashed in with three wickets.

Martlets stayed s in touch with the required run rate with Henry Rydon getting 33 but once Ezaz (1-3) and Matt Geffen (1-2) were allowed to bowl the game was effectively over. 

The game finished on an unfortunate note when a thrown ball ricocheted off the stumps and deflected off Paul Walker’s bat into his mouth. Thankfully there was only a split lip and no broken teeth. He was also run out.

Martlets were 179 all out with John Ashworth the not-out batsmen.

Ashling v Bloggers XI

This fantastic game went right down to the wire on a day where more than 450 runs were scored. The London city tourists batted first and assembled a seemingly unassailable 229 for 9 in their 40 overs.

Nic Loubser’s 4 for 23 was the bowling highlight for the home team. The total would have been far higher but for some excellent fielding and catching.

Ashling’s reply got off to a poor start with three wickets falling cheaply. Warren Turner (59) and Charlie Colley (47) started the fightback, with useful contributions later on from Loubser (35) and debutant Ady Moseley (24).

In the end it came down to the last wicket pair and when No11 Steve Harvey was run out looking for a second run, Ashling were an agonising five short of the required total.

Kirdford v Singleton

Kirdford entertained Singleton on a glorious sunny afternoon having never beaten them in the history of the club.

Kirdford decided to bowl first and almost immediately had Singleton on the rack with quick wickets from Alex Keville (2-45) and James Gillett (2-40).

Singleton’s middle order was imperious (although a little lucky) and P Elsbury (34), R Fisk (48) and A Court (93) counter-attacked to stunning effect.

Kirdford’s bowlers eventually clawed it back with Ben Simpson (1-40), Jamie Rountree (3-36) and a very unlucky George Hardie (1-58) bowling well, but the Singleton score was an unmanageable 271. Extras was the second highest scorer on a whopping 52.

The Kirdford innings was excellent with Patrick Haywood (40), George Hardie (33) amoung the run-getters.

However it was always going to be a bridge too far for KCC and they ended up losing by 110 runs with R Dantry (2 for 8) and N Williams (2-19) the chief destroyers.

Lavant v Old Barn

Lavant batted first and the Lavant strip looked full of runs. Lavant’s innings started brightly but Brooker and Burford were in control and took the game away from Old Barn.

Burford smote the ball to all parts of the ground for 60 before being bowled trying for another big hit and Brooker notched another century before he was run out for 105.

Lavant declared on 225 for four.

Old Barn lost their first wicket in the second over to fine attacking bowling from Alex Burford supported by good wicketkeeping from Hudson. No Old Barn batsman was able to score freely and they gave up the run chase to bat out the remaining overs.

Old Barn ended on 104 for eight. Alex Burford was the pick of the Lavant bowlers with four for 38.

Bognor Rebels Midweek XI v Long Ditton

The Rebels’ guests from Surrey elected to bat and began well with a steady opening partnership between Paul Mock and Danny Cheema before Bognor’s old warhorse Jon Denby had Mock leg-before for 18.

Danny Cheema retired hurt on 34 as son Ben Cheema and Tom Rogers pushed the score along. Young Joe Delaney slid in to remove Rogers lbw for 22 and with the next ball conjured up the same trick to remove Dan Peall.

Rain intervened and Delaney was denied a hat-trick on his return but returned with an impressive 2 for 22. Ben Cheema upped the rate before he was leg-before to Rebels’ skipper John Hooker for 49 but Brian Boxall and James Chapple saw Long Ditton to finish on 189 for 4.

Bognor began steadily with veteran Jim Gunn making a composed 17 but the valiant youngsters of Bognor came and went regularly as Chapple (3-18) and Joe Rogers (2-26) made the task trickier.

The mercurial Babs Ahmed and Zayne Bux took Bognor forward but when Bux was caught for 25, the tail didn’t quite wag hard enough and Ahmed was last man out for a fighting 41. With Bognor dismissed for 125, Long Ditton won by 64 runs.

Rustington v Bognor Rebels Sunday XI

On a glorious day, the hosts won the toss and batted. Bognor’s young team, including seven under-17s went about their business with aplomb but it was one of the old hands Iain Ashmore who bowled Ben Gardner for 10.

Rustington pushed on but Bognor’s youngsters worked hard in the field. Taylor Jaycocks took a fine caught and bowled.

Mish Patel clouted 29 before a running catch from skipper John Hooker off Ashmore (2-39). Ben Kimber was bowled by Jaycocks for 26 to finish with 2-18 and Rustington ended on 208 for 4.

Bognor’s innings then didn’t go quite to plan as batsmen came and went and at 31 for 6, they were in a pickle. Once Ashmore left for 16, the game was sadly up.

Jaycocks, after defending a ball, played a Johan-Cruyff turn with the ball and it trickled on to the stumps as Bognor finished on 68 all out. However the youngsters were not disheartened and enjoyed their day.

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