STEYNING Cricket Club returned to winning ways with an emphatic eight-wicket win at home to Henfield on Saturday.
After suffering their first Sussex League Division 4 defeat of the season away to Portslade the previous week, Steyning bounced back in style to remain 56 points clear at the top.
After winning the toss and electing to bowl, the hosts had Henfield in all sorts of trouble from the off.
The visitors’ opening batsman Adam Scott was the only man to reach double figures, with 17, as they lost wickets at regular intervals throughout their innings.
They were reduced to 38-5 early on, before eventually being bowled out for just 77 in 25.1 overs.
Luke Chapman was the star with the ball for the table-toppers as he picked up seven wickets for 38 runs from 13 overs.
He was well supported by opening bowling partner Owain Jones, who bowled an economical spell as he went for only 15 runs in his 10 overs, while picking up a wicket as well.
Ashley Mwenda wrapped up the innings with two quick wickets as he claimed 2-14 from 13 deliveries.
Steyning lost Owain Jones for a duck with just one on the board in their reply but Hywel Jones and Ben Shelford then put on 59 for the second wicket.
Hywel Jones was out lbw to Jack Parsons for a run-a-ball 31, which included six fours, before Shelford, who finished unbeaten on 28, saw Steyning home with Gary Hunt, who finished ten not out.
Steyning skipper David Kennett was delighted with his side’s level of performance after last week’s loss against second-placed Portslade.
He said: “It was the perfect response from my team after last week’s game.
“Before the game, I said to the players we owe each other after our loss to Portslade.
“My seam bowlers were brilliant. Owain Jones bowled superbly without any luck and he was well-supported by Luke Chapman, who benefited from Owain’s great opening spell and cleaned Henfield’s top order out.
“With the bat, there were no major concerns chasing a low total on what was a good batting surface, with all of our batsmen contributing.”
Steyning will be hoping to continue their quest for the Division 4 title in the coming weeks.
The leaders travel to second-from-bottom Hellingly on Saturday.