SOUTHWICK Cricket Club recorded their second successive home victory when they beat Crawley Nayee on Saturday.
It has been an indifferent start to the campaign for Wickers as they have won at home to Horsham 3rd and now Crawley Nayee, while they have suffered heavy away defeats to Belgrave Adelaide and West Wittering.
Southwick were put into bat and lost Russell Martin (18) and Chay Chapman (13) early on in their innings, before Warwick McClymont and Chris Ballard (45) steadied the ship.
McClymont was eventually dismissed 18 runs short of a century but contributions from Paul Cannings (18 not out) and Nick Lea (12) allowed Wickers to declare an over early on 215 for seven in 48 overs.
Manoj Parekh took three wickets and Jay Nayee claimed two for Crawley Nayee.
Southwick made early inroads into the Nayee batting line-up as Rahul Nehru (seven), Parekh (13), Bhavik Nayee (six), Nikulkumar Patel (nought) and Nasaj Naushad (nought) all fell.
That left the visitors struggling at 60 for six. However, Viral Parekh offered some hope for his side as he crashed a quickfire 44.
Rakesh Parekh (17) and Nikil Limbachia (17) added runs down the order but Nayee were all out for 154 in 34 overs.
Southwick skipper Martin returned impressive figures of three for 42 from six overs. McClymont, Cannings and Craig Dawson all claimed two wickets as Southwick won by 61 runs.
Wickers vice-captain Paul Grennan was delighted with the response that his side showed after a heavy defeat at West Wittering last week.
He said: “It was a great performance from all of the team. Everyone made their own little contribution, whether it be with bat, ball or in the field.
“Warwick played superbly for his 82 and then followed that up with two wickets. He was the star man for us and helped us on our way to victory.
“I emphasised the importance of our home form at the start of the season and, four games in, we have seen that. We have managed two victories in two at home, while away we have struggled.
“The key for us this year is to win our home matches. It’s important we continue this way for the rest of the season now.”
Southwick travel to Three Bridges 3rd on Saturday.
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