Portslade clinch promotion in style

Captain Paul Glover took three wickets and then hit 99 not out as Portslade clinched promotion into Sussex League Division 3 on Saturday

Captain Paul Glover took three wickets and then hit 99 not out as Portslade clinched promotion into Sussex League Division 3 on Saturday

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PORTSLADE Cricket Club sealed promotion into Sussex League Division 3 in style with a eight-wicket win away to Keymer & Hassocks on Saturday.

Portslade have enjoyed a remarkable first-ever season in the Sussex League after winning the West Sussex Invitation League last year.

They began the season with two draws, one defeat and one cancelled match. However, since then, Portslade have won 11 of their 12 games, with the one match they did not win in that sequence abandoned.

On Saturday, away to Keymer & Hassocks, Steven Case moved on to 46 wickets for the season with 7-44 as the hosts were all out for 147.

Portslade captain Paul Glover then blasted 99 not out as his side reached their target in only 25.1 overs.

Glover said: “It was really pleasing to do it in style on Saturday. It was a good performance and summed up our season.

“It was a really proud moment and we’re all looking forward to next season now.

“There were maybe a few nerves for a few of the guys at the start of the season, playing in a higher league and with the extra overs.

“But we realised that we could compete at this level and in the last 11 weeks, we’ve just been fantastic. It’s a big moment for the club to be promoted into Division 3 –especially when you consider we were in West Sussex Invitation League Division 2 just five years ago.

“You wouldn’t have thought we’d be in the position we are now back then.

“Realistically, we’ll look to finish mid-table next year as we know it’s going to be a real battle. There are some very good teams in Division 3 and we’ve had two or three years of winning a lot of games, so that might not be the case next season.

“We’ll just have to make sure we pick up wins when we can and get good bonus points and then we should be all right.”

Portslade are the only side to beat leaders Steyning this season and Steyning now need just seven points from their remaining two games to clinch the title.

Portslade entertain Slinfold in their penultimate game of the season on Saturday.