Crushing defeat to new leaders sees Worlington slip to seventh

SOLE WICKET: Ziaf Kulasi took the only Witham wicket as Worlington suffered a nine wicket defeat on Saturday
SOLE WICKET: Ziaf Kulasi took the only Witham wicket as Worlington suffered a nine wicket defeat on Saturday
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MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION ONE

Witham 89-1 beat

Worlington 87

by nine wickets

Worlington suffered a heavy nine wicket defeat at title chasers Witham to drop back into the bottom half of Division One at the weekend.

Batting first, Worlington were dismissed for just 87 runs, with only three batsmen reaching double figures.

Opener Colin Thompson top scored with 26, while Richard Ford (nine) and Jimmy Watson (10) departed quickly to leave Worlington at 39-2.

Thompson’s departure was one of two quick wickets which left them at 50-2, before Graham Ford (five) and Ziaf Kulasi (one) left to leave the visitors on 63-6.

Daren Hayward was the third man to reach double figures for Worlington, but left for 13 and was followed soon after by Craig Woollard for a duck, as they stood at 71-8.

The last two Worlington wickets went for 16 runs as the visitors were bowled all out for 87, with Witham’s slow-left armer Simon Jones (5-27) and Jake Wakelin (2-6) finding great success with the ball.

In reply, Witham made light work of the run chase, as they reached the low target inside 14 overs at the cost of only one wicket.

Opener Jake Wakelin was caught off the bowling of Kulasi (1-12) for 24, but Kaan Hawes remained unbeaten on 30 to see the hosts complete the chase.

The win for Witham saw them move to the top of Division One with four games to go, after previous leaders Sudbury were beaten at home by Wivenhoe.

Worlington dropped back into the bottom half due to their defeat and Wivenhoe’s victory, and will look to end a two-match losing run when they host Coggeshall on Saturday (1pm).

n Worlington’s Alfie Marston has been selected for Suffolk Development’s final game in the East of England Cricket Development Competition.

Marston and his Suffolk Development team-mates will take on their Cambridgeshire counterparts in a 50 over game at Exning Cricket Club today (11am).