PORTSLADE Cricket Club captain Paul Glover revealed his delight as his side got back to winning ways in Sussex League Division 3 on Saturday.
Portslade slipped to their first loss of the season last time out with a 118-run loss against league leaders Bognor Regis. However, Glover’s side secured their second victory of the campaign with an emphatic eight-wicket success over Glynde & Beddingham.
Having been asked to bowl first, Portslade ripped through the Glynde batting order and skittled them out for 144 in 46.5 overs.
Captain Glover then crashed a quickfire 74 as his side reached their target in 23.2 overs.
Glover said: “It was a good win for us, especially after last week.
“Bognor were the better side than us and we did not deserve to win on the day.
“But it was important that we responded in the right way, which we did on Saturday.
“Tom Mooney picked up five wickets in what was his first bowl since the opening day.
“The conditions really seemed to suit his bowling and for him to get five wickets was fantastic.
“I have not been too sure where to bat myself this year but this time around I decided to open up. It was important that we got off to a good start which we did and Mooney chipped in with 42 not out to get us over the line.”
Portslade made early inroads with the ball and Andrew Mamoany dismissed Glynde’s top three batsmen to leave them 74 for three.
Robert Mouland made 36 for the hosts but he was their top scorer as they struggled.
After Chris Baker went for 18, Glynde saw their final six wickets fall for just 35 runs as they were all out for 144.
Mooney was the star with the ball for Portslade as he picked up five for 35 from ten overs.
Glover got his side off to a quick start in response and shared an opening stand of 44 with David Wainwright, who was out for six.
Mooney then joined Glover in the middle and they put on 81 for the second-wicket.
Glover eventually went for 74 but Mooney finished unbeaten on 42 to guide his side to a eight-wicket win.
Portslade host Crawley Eagles on Saturday.
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