PORTSLADE Cricket Club returned to winning ways with a 53-run victory at home to bottom-of-the-table Glynde & Beddingham on Saturday.
After two successive defeats, Portslade were put into bat on a wet wicket after losing the toss. They made 193-7 from their 53 overs, before they bowled Glynde out for 140 in the penultimate over.
Portslade skipper Paul Glover was delighted with his side’s performance and said: “The match was delayed by half-an-hour after all the rain last week, so we were put into bat on a wet wicket.
“It was difficult to bat on to start with but we were quite happy to score 193 and were confident we could defend it.
“Everyone chipped in for the total and we then bowled really well. I was really pleased for Steve (Case) to get another five wickets and Andrew Mamoany bowled a perfect delivery to get their main batsman (Robert Mouland).
“To be fair to them, they kept playing their shots which always gave us a chance and we ended up winning with eight balls to spare.”
Glover was first to fall when he was caught and bowled by Louis Barron for ten, with the score on 12.
Tom Mooney then played a supporting role as he shared a 28-run stand with David Wainwright (12), put on 35 for the third wicket with Tom Nickolson (32) and added 63 for the fourth wicket with Dan Holgate (40).
Mooney was the fifth wicket to fall, for 37, after hitting four fours and one six off 117 balls.
Ian Wainwright added 15 and Mark Gravett hit 16 down the order as Portslade finished their 53 overs on 193-7.
Barron finished with 3-50 from 12 overs for Glynde and Charlie Hobden picked up 3-52.
Mamoany dismissed Alex Thornhill (11) and Mouland (nought) with the score on 17 in Glynde’s reply, before the visitors put on their highest partnership of the innings.
Michael Warren (14) and Darren Howard (33) shared a 32-run stand, before Case dismissed both to leave Glynde 72-4.
Archie Burrows then top-scored with 34 but Case and Glover took Portslade to victory as Case finished with 5-62 off 16.4 overs and Glover moved on to 42 wickets for the season – the joint most in the division – with 3-15 off ten overs.
Portslade travel to second-placed Crawley Eagles on Saturday.
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