Portslade still flying high after last-ball win

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A DRAMATIC last-ball win saw Portslade Cricket Club record a seventh victory from eight games on Saturday.

Portslade won by 79 runs away to fellow high-flyers Henfield when Steven Case dismissed William Lees with the game’s last delivery.

It had appeared as though it would be a frustrating finish for Portslade, after a 44-run last-wicket partnership.

However, Portslade skipper Paul Glover said: “It began really well with the ball and then we were frustrated at the end, but it was such a relief to claim that final wicket with the last ball.

“It was great to get the win and to continue the run.

“We built some good partnerships with the bat and set a really good target.

“Sam (Delaney) played really well for his 50 and the Wainwrights put on 80 in their partnership.”

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the visitors lost both opening batsmen, Ian Morley and Paul Glover, early on and found themselves 23-2.

Sam Delaney steadied the innings with 55, which included seven fours and a six, while Dan Holgate hit 32.

A partnership of 82 between brothers Ian Wainwright (49 not out) and David Wainwright (38) helped the visitors reach 254-7.

Henfield started well in reply with a partnership of 57 for the first wicket, before Jack Parsons fell for 29 to Delaney.

Portslade then got themselves into a strong position as they reduced Henfield to 131-9 and had victory in sight.

However, a final wicket partnership of 44 between George Stewart and Lees, which spanned 15 overs, looked to have saved Henfield.

However, Case trapped Lees (29) with the final ball of the match to seal victory as he finished with 3-40 from 13 overs.

Delaney followed up his half-century with the bat, with 3-22 and Glover claimed 2-59.

Portslade sit 25 points clear of third-placed Wisborough Green with six games to play.

Glover said: “We just need to carry on the way that we are playing at the moment.

“This win also puts us a few points clear of Henfield, who were close before the game.

“We still have games to come against teams who are around us so, if we win them, who knows what might happen.”

Portslade entertain second-from-bottom Hellingly on Saturday.