Steyning slip to the bottom after defeat

Ben Shelford struck 56 in Steyning's defeat to Bognor Regis on Saturday
Ben Shelford struck 56 in Steyning's defeat to Bognor Regis on Saturday

STEYNING Cricket Club fell to the bottom of Division 3 folowing their eight-wicket defeat at Bognor Regis on Saturday.

Their latest loss leaves them without a win from their opening four league games, after two defeats and two draws.

Steyning, who won Division 4 last season, have 42 points and trail second-from-bottom Goring by three points.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Steyning were all out for 170 as Ben Shelford top-scored with 56.

Zayne Bux then made an unbeaten 73 for Bognor as they eased to victory.

Steyning skipper David Kennett was left frustrated after the defeat and said: “It was a really frustrating day for us.

“We made a really good start with the bat and found ourselves 120 for four after 30 overs but from that point we struggled and lost quick wickets.

“We were hoping to get a total of 200-plus at one stage, so to get skittled out for 170 in the end was not ideal.

“When you are defending a score like that you need early wickets and we did not take them.

“Bognor’s opening pair put on more than 50 for the opening wicket and we just lost all momentum after that.

“It’s been a difficult start for us but I have every confidence in the side that we can get off the bottom.”

Simon Grant was the first wicket to fall for Steyning, for 11, when he was bowled by Joshua Broad with the score on 18.

Oliver Collins was then dismissed for five after a 29-run stand with Hywel Jones.

Jones and Ben Shelford moved the score on to 76, before Jones was caught by Ryan Maskell off Jim Lee’s bowling for 38.

Steyning lost Gary Hunt, who had to retire out for 11, before captain David Kennett’s dismissal left Steyning 121-4.

Shelford was next to fall, for 56, and only Ed Lamb then managed to get into double figures, with 20, as Steyning were all out for 170 in 49.2 overs.

Joe Ashmore took four wickets for Bognor, while Joshua Broad and Jim Lee both picked up two.

Steyning knew they needed early wickets to have a chance of victory but Max Ashmore (44) and Mikey Harris (33) put on 63 for the first wicket.

Bux then crashed an unbeaten 73, with 15 fours, as Bognor reached their target in 41 overs. Andy Isaacs and Lamb took a wicket each.

Steyning host third-placed Glynde & Beddingham on Saturday.

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