beat Brockley 183
by 42 runs
Worlington retained the lead of Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Two by seeing off Brockley by 183 runs on Saturday.
Worly were bowled out for just the second time this season, but Richard Ford’s century helped them to 225, in the face of Isaac Reed’s 5-73.
In reply, the hosts reduced Brockley to 87-7, but they battled their way to 183 all out, despite four wickets apiece for Craig Woolard and Nathan Twiddy.
Worlington captain Richard Ford promoted himself to open alongside Graham Ford and the pair put on 81 for the first wicket before the latter departed for 28.
Stuart Hill (4-53) and Isaac Reed (5-62) put the lid on the Worlington innings that had looked set to explode at 160-1 with 15 overs to play and wickets fell regularly, with Ziaf Kulasi adding 29 in the middle-order.
Ford however, had saved his best knock of the season for when it counted and brought up his century just before he became of one of four victims for Hill as he was bowled for 106.
Reed, who had ripped through the Worlington middle-order, added two more while Hill picked up the last wicket as the home side were dismissed for a below-par 225 in the 43rd over.
The low run chase on an ideal batting track required something special and the in-form bowling trio of Carl Manels, Twiddy and Woollard all delivered to reduce Brockley to 87-7 with Daniel Cowley’s 27 the best effort from the visitors’ top-order.
Simon Byford and Mark Geeves added 54 for the eighth wicket before Woollard (4-49) got his fourth of the day as Byford was caught behind for 43.
Geeves featured in partnerships of 35 and 17 with the tail-end to give the visiting line-up hope of an outside chance of victory.
However, a returning Twiddy picked up the final two to fall, including Geeves himself for 37 as the medium pacer just missed out on what would have been his third consecutive five-wicket haul and Worlington were victors by a margin of 42 runs.
The nine points secured by Brockley and 29 by Worlington would have left both happy as Brockley edge toward safety and Worlington continue on their march to Division One cricket next season.