STEYNING Cricket Club recorded their first win of the season on Saturday to climb off the bottom of Sussex League Division 3.
Steyning cruised to a eight-wicket win at home to Glynde & Beddingham to move up three places to sixth in the table and captain David Kennett still has his sights on a top-five finish.
Just 45 points separate second-placed Burgess Hill and second-from-bottom Rottingdean and Kennett said: “We were on it from the word go on Saturday and it will be a confidence builder, after we’d been struggling in the last few weeks.
“Hopefully we’ll continue to improve and move on now.
“Bognor are looking like they’ll be hard to catch at the top but, with a couple of wins, you’re right back in the hunt for second place.
“I’m still confident we will be up near the top. Our aim at the start of the season was the top five and, hopefully, we’ll hit that. We’ll just see where we are with three or four games left and go from there.”
Glynde batted first after winning the toss and had an opening stand of 39, before Hywel Jones made the breakthrough when he dismissed Alex Thornhill lbw for 17.
Jones then struck twice in successive deliveries to bowl Archie Burrows (20) and Chris Baker (nought) to leave the visitors 55-3.
Glynde moved on to 101-4, before their last six wickets fell for just 46 runs as left-arm spinner Andy Isaacs claimed 5-31 from 17.2 overs and Jones returned figures of 3-24 off eight overs.
Robert Mouland top-scored with 37 for Glynde, while Lewis Gimple (23) and Jamie Morgan (14) added runs down the order.
Jones led the way in Steyning’s run chase as he finished unbeaten on 81, in an innings which included 13 fours. He shared a 73-run second-wicket stand with Oliver Collins (20) and then put on an unbroken 54 with Ben Shelford (24 not out) to guide Steyning home.
Kennett said: “It was a good batting track on Saturday and, at Steyning, you always need to score around 220.
“We bowled tightly and put the pressure on. Andy bowled brilliantly and Hywel changed the game with two wickets in two balls. He was then superb with the bat and is in great form at the moment.”
Steyning travel to Crawley Eagles on Saturday.
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