Steyning cruise to another victory

Owain Jones in action for Steyning
Owain Jones in action for Steyning

STEYNING Cricket Club continued their Sussex League Division 4 dominance with an emphatic 68-run home victory over bottom-of-the-table Lewes Priory on Saturday.

Owain Jones was the star for the hosts as he hit 121 not out from just 93 deliveries to help his side record their 11th win from 13 matches.

Steyning remain 56 points ahead of second-placed Portslade and have a healthy lead of 81 points over third-placed Wisborough Green.

Steyning skipper David Kennett said: “Promotion is now in sight and we will look to keep winning matches.

“We face a long trip to Rye this week and a win there will see us continue our good form and keep us pushing towards Division 3.”

The victory was never really in doubt for Steyning after they were put into bat having lost the toss.

Jones and his opening partner and brother Hywel (52) put on 86 for the first wicket.

Steyning continued to bat themselves into a dominant position as Jones and Ben Shelford (33) put on 96 for the third wicket.

The hosts were in no mood to hang around and Kennett hit 22 not out from 22 balls as his side declared on 240-4 from only 33 overs.

Jeremy Bates led the way for Lewes as he took 3-76 from 13 overs.

The visitors got off to a strong start with the bat as Andrew Hartridge (60) and Jacob Lee (eight) put on 76 for the first wicket.

Bates also hit 57 but Kiran Harkin, with 18, was the only other batsman to get into double figures as Lewes were all out for 172 in 38 overs.

Ashley Mwenda was the pick of the Steyning bowlers as he claimed 3-29 from eight overs, while Ed Lamb, Owain Jones and Andy Isaacs all claimed two wickets.

Kennett said: “It was another solid performance on Saturday.

“Owain was superb with the bat and he and his brother, Hywel, got us off to a fast and solid start.

“We bowled well and all of the wickets were shared around between the bowlers.

“When Ashley took two wickets in an over that really turned the game in our favour and we then took regular wickets.”