Jones is the star in Steyning’s third win

Owain Jones took seven wickets for Steyning as they beat Rottingdean by two wickets in their Sussex Cricket League Division 3 clash on Saturday.
Owain Jones took seven wickets for Steyning as they beat Rottingdean by two wickets in their Sussex Cricket League Division 3 clash on Saturday.

OWAIN JONES produced a fine spell of bowling on Saturday to give Steyning Cricket Club their third league success of the season.

Jones finished with astonishing figures of 7-25 in 12.3 overs to ensure his side overcame Rottingdean by two wickets.

Despite the success, they remain fifth in Division 3 on 151 points after collecting three wins, three draws and the same amount of defeats in nine league games.

Rottingdean elected to bat first and would have hoped to post a big total.

That was not to be the case, though, as they struggled and were skittled out for 165 in 50.3 overs.

They began well as openers Mark Grantham (24) and Henry Ledden put on 42 for the first wicket.

But once Grantham fell, Rottingdean suffered a mini-collapse, losing three wickets for 32 runs.

Henry Ledden was the top-scoring batsmen for his side with 43 but he failed to find partners to remain with him.

George Ledden hit 21, while Lee Ahmed made 24 at number ten, but Rottingdean were dismissed for a low total.

Jones was the star of the show for his team and impressed, finishing with seven wickets to his name.

Hywel Jones also played a key part with the ball, picking up 2-30 from his 11 overs.

Overseas bowler Stephen Chimhamhiwa was the only other man to take a wicket.

Steyning made a sloppy start in their chase, finding themselves 40 for three at one stage.

Ben Shellford (19) and Gary Hunt shared a 53 run fourth wicket partnership to put their side back in the driving seat.

It would not be plain sailing from there on in as two wickets fell for four runs, leaving Steyning 97 for five.

Hunt was the mainstay of the innings and his 41 from 96 balls ensured his side closed in on victory.

Skipper Dave Kennett also hit an important 39 as Steyning reached 166 for eight in reply.

George Ledden took two wickets for Rottingdean as did Mohammad Islam but that was not enough for them as they fell to defeat.

Steyning travel to second-placed Burgess Hill for their next league fixture on Saturday with a 1pm start scheduled.

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