Worlington suffer fourth successive defeat

CRICKET - Worlington (Batting) v Witham''Pictured: Richard Ford ANL-160530-193125009
CRICKET - Worlington (Batting) v Witham''Pictured: Richard Ford ANL-160530-193125009
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Worlington 255-9 lost to

Witham 256-2

by eight wickets

Worlington are now without a victory in four league outings after they went down at home to Witham on Saturday.

Losing the toss, the hosts were inserted in to bat and posted 255 runs from their allotted 50 overs.

New Zealander Ben Hyde top-scored with 71 from the opening spot, while skipper Richard Ford fell just short of his half-century as he was run out for 47.

Several other batsmen made useful starts, but they were unable to progress as the Witham bowlers struck at regular intervals throughout the Worlington innings.

Simon Jones (3-37) was the pick of the Witham bowlers, with captain Jake Wakelin being economical in his 10-over spell, returning figures of 1-27.

Worlington struggled to take the early wickets after the break as Witham made a solid start.

They reached 49 before Hyde picked up his first wicket, that of Wakelin (39).

He followed up by dismissing Godwin for 26, leaving the visitors from Essex on 84-2.

However, that was to be the last success for the home side as the Witham paring of Australian Adrian Chad (115 no) and Leroy Facey (62 no) shared an unbroken stand of 175 to see their side ease home with nine overs remaining.

Worlington will go in search of just their second victory this term when they travel to Hadleigh on Saturday (1pm).

n Meanwhile, Worlington II played out an exciting match against old rivals Nowton at Overway Meadow, with the scores tied at the conclusion.

Batting first, Nowton lost their last wicket on the final ball of the innings with the total on 203.

Larry Kretzmann (67) was again the main protagonist, but the Worlington bowlers did well, with Brian Cole (3-51) and Paul Marston (4-44) doing the most damage.

Worlington’s reply was based around early runs from Jonno Peachey (49) and skipper Adam Gallop’s unbeaten 68.