Kennett delighted as promotion is sealed

Luke Chapman
Luke Chapman

STEYNING Cricket Club secured promotion from Sussex League Division 4 with a 39-run victory over Keymer & Hassocks on Saturday.

Steyning have won 13 of their 15 games this season and have ensured they will be playing in Division 3 next season, with three games still left to play.

Steyning captain David Kennett feels it has been a great season for his team and said: “We are really happy that we have managed to achieve promotion. It was our aim at the start of the season, so to reach that is great.

“But it is not the end of our season, we will now look to get the 38 points we need to win the title and with three games left to play, we should reach the points total required.

“Next season will not be easy in Division 3, but if we can keep most of our side together and add a few over the winter, then I’m hopeful of a top-half finish.”

After losing the toss and being put into bat, Steyning lost opener Oliver Collins for just one.

The hosts really struggled with the bat as Owain Jones (20) and Gary Hunt (39) were the only batsmen to reach double figures as Steyning were skittled out for just 92 in 40.3 overs.

Lee Pittavino was the stand-out performer with the ball for Keymer & Hassocks as he claimed 7-44 from 20.3 overs.

Despite having a low total to defend, Steyning did not look nervous and they claimed the wickets of Simon McNiff (nought) and Michael Johnson (5) early on.

The visitors struggled throughout their innings with Michael Poole (ten) and George Duplock (15) the only meaningful contributors as they were skittled out for just 53 in 26.3 overs.

Owain Jones once again starred with the ball for the hosts as he took 5-15 from 13.3 overs, which included six maidens, as he moved on to 34 wickets for the season.

Jones was well supported by Luke Chapman, who finished with figures of 4-26 from 11 overs as he reached 30 wickets for the year.

Kennett was impressed with his side’s display and said: “We were disappointed at the halfway point. But we were excellent in the field and with the ball and we managed to secure the victory.”