Portslade get back on the winning trail

Portslade's Tom Mooney in action at Goring on Saturday when he top-scored with 58
Portslade's Tom Mooney in action at Goring on Saturday when he top-scored with 58
  • Portslade secure their third league win
  • Spinner Steven Case took five wickets for Portslade

PORTSLADE Cricket Club returned to winning ways with a 50-run victory at Goring on Saturday.

The victory was Portslade’s third of the season and moved them up to fourth in Sussex League Division 3.

Goring made a strong start after winning the toss and electing to bowl first.

Portslade captain Paul Glover fell first ball and Ian Morley was also out for a duck to leave the visitors in some trouble.

Tom Mooney and Dan Holgate (21) steadied the ship for Portslade, though, with Mooney the mainstay of the innings and his 58 helped his side claw themselves back into the game.

Steven Case (29 not out) and Mark Gravett (25 not out) then added vital late runs in the innings to swing the game in Portslade’s favour as they finished their 53 overs on 176 for seven.

Ellis Woolley returned impressive figures of five for 73 for Goring, while Aaron Wyatt took two wickets.

Goring lost a number of early wickets in their reply as Robin Marriott (nought), Sam Thorns (nought) and Barnaby Lyons (one) all fell cheaply.

Goring skipper Alex Maynard did offer some hope for his side but Portslade became strong favourites after he was dismissed for 48.

Ben Timms made 20 at number nine, while number 11 Oliver Watkins (12 not out), Woolley (11) and Chris Bird (ten) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures as Goring were all out for 126 in 36 overs.

Left-arm spinner Case was the stand-out performer with the ball for Portslade and took five for 22 from his 13 overs.

Glover, the leading wicket-taker in the division, moved on to 29 for the season with two for 30 from 11 overs, while Andrew Mamoany claimed two for 23 off four overs.

Glover was relieved to get the win and said: “It was important to bounce back from defeat last time out which we did.

“It was a better showing with the bat on quite a difficult wicket to play shots on.

“We then did what we needed to with the ball.”

Portslade host bottom-of-the-table Haywards Heath on Saturday.

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