Owain leads the way with bat and ball

Owain Jones
Owain Jones

STEYNING Cricket Club continued their dominance in Sussex League Division 4 on Saturday with a 33-run win at second-from-bottom Hellingly.

Leaders Steyning remain 56 points clear of second-placed Portslade, who won off the last ball of the match away to Henfield.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Steyning made a solid start with a 36-run stand between brothers Hywel and Owain Jones.

Owain, who top-scored with 50, then put on 45 for the second wicket with Ben Shelford (18). Johnny Burfiend (19) and Ashley Mwenda (27) shared a 42-run fourth-wicket stand, before captain David Kennett hit a quickfire 36 as Steyning were all out for 209 in 45.4 overs.

David Pye proved a real problem for the Steyning top order as he claimed five of the top six batsmen and finished with figures of 7-48 from 16 overs, which included four maidens.

Steyning began well with the ball and openers Monty Payne (two) and Adam Pye (one) were dismissed early in Hellingly’s reply as the hosts were reduced to 7-2.

Greg Devlin offered some hope for the relegation-threatened side as he crashed a magnificent 82 not out from 136 balls, which included eight fours and two sixes.

But Devlin lacked enough support and his side were all out for 176 in 51.3 overs, 34 runs short of victory.

Jones followed up his half-century with a tremendous bowling performance as he picked up 6-55 from 12.3 overs.

Steyning captain Kennett was satisfied with his team’s performance and said: “We didn’t bat very well, with lots of people getting starts but not going on.

“We started really well with the ball and picked up two quick wickets.

“Even though Hellingly began to fight back, I was always confident we would not lose but I wasn’t sure if we would get the win.

“But Owain bowled an amazing second spell with his spin and we never panicked. All credit must go to Hellingly, they gave us a good game and probably deserved something from it but our quality just shone through.”

Steyning entertain bottom-of-the-table Lewes Priory on Saturday.