We showed great character – Glover

David Wainwright scored 31 in Portslade's draw
David Wainwright scored 31 in Portslade's draw

PORTSLADE Cricket Club captain Paul Glover reflected on his side’s draw with Rottingdean and said: “It was a massive result for us.”

Portslade, who were promoted from Division 4 last season, looked to be heading to defeat for large periods.

However, Glover’s side managed to hold on for a draw and Portslade’s skipper was delighted with the character his team showed.

He said: “It would have been easy for us to lose this match.

“We lost two of our middle order batsmen after they picked up injuries in the field.

“That could have had a big effect on our run chase but, fortunately for us, it didn’t.

“All of the side dug in and made sure that we took something away from the game. It’s important to pick up early points after our promotion and we have managed that this time around.”

Portslade won the toss and decided to bowl. Rottingdean openers Simon Clarke (58) and Harry Ledden (43) put on 81 for the first wicket, before James Grantham chipped in with 30 as the home side reached 103 for three at drinks.

Portslade managed to claw themselves back into the contest, though, and just George Ledden (47) and Michael Smith (16) provided any real contributions in the closing overs.

Captain Glover claimed five wickets as Rottingdean were all out for 212 in 52.1 overs.

David Wainwright got Portslade off to a steady start with 31 from 103 balls.

A number of wickets fell around him, though, and his side fell to 68 for four.

Glover (26) and Wainwright both fell with the score on 119, before Mark Gravett and Andrew Mamoany fell in quick succession to leave Portslade 120-8.

However, Steven Case finished unbeaten on two from 32 deliveries and Tony Downs was nought not out from 21 balls as they held on for the draw at 125 for eight.

Portslade host Steyning on Saturday.