Disappointed Steyning skipper Kennett blames naïve batting for defeat

Sussex Cricket League. Steyning CC v Burgess Hill. Action from the match. Pictured is Steyning bowler and foriegn player, Steve Chamhamhiwa.    Picture: Liz Pearce 09-05-15 LP1501732 SUS-150905-213739008
Sussex Cricket League. Steyning CC v Burgess Hill. Action from the match. Pictured is Steyning bowler and foriegn player, Steve Chamhamhiwa. Picture: Liz Pearce 09-05-15 LP1501732 SUS-150905-213739008

Steyning captain David Kennett felt some naïve batting saw his side bowled out for a below-par total away to Crawley Eagles on Saturday.

Steyning fell from 160-4 to 214 all out in 49 overs – four short of their allotted total – and Eagles then got home for the loss of five wickets.

Kennett said: “It was a very disappointing defeat.

“It was a little bit disappointing that we couldn’t bat out 53 overs and that meant we were below-par with our total.

“Around 240 would have been a very good score and it would have also taken overs out of the game.

“However, we were a bit naïve and played some pretty poor shots in the middle order. To get 200 was still a good score but we didn’t capitalise on half chances in the field, which could have changed our luck and changed the game.”

Steyning were put into bat after losing the toss and made a strong start with a 82-run opening stand between Simon Grant and Hywel Jones.

Jones was the first to fall when he was adjudged lbw to Atif Ali for 48, before Grant was caught by Fazlan Nizamdeen off Ali’s bowling for 29 five runs later.

Kennett, who top-scored with a run-a-ball 53, was the sixth wicket to fall as former Steyning player Jibran Khan, with his off-spin, claimed five wickets either side of Kennett’s dismissal as Steyning were reduced to 197-8.

Stephen Chimhamhiwa was ninth man out after hitting 32 from 30 balls with the score on 213, before David Curtis-Botting was the last wicket to fall, for two, one run later.

Khan finished with 5-67 from 16 overs for Eagles and Ali claimed 4-41 off nine overs.

Eagles made a solid start to their reply as Azam Riyard and Tayyab Mahmood shared a 76-run opening stand.

Riyard was out for 38 and Mahmood was dismissed for 27 as the hosts were reduced to 89-2 but Khan and Nizamdeen then shared a 108-run third-wicket stand.

Khan struck 58, before he was the first of three quick wickets to fall to Sam Hunt, as Eagles were reduced to 204-5.

However, Nizamdeen guided Eagles home as he finished unbeaten on 70, from 71 balls, which included nine fours and three sixes.

Steyning dropped a place to third from bottom with the defeat and entertain fourth-from-bottom Goring on Saturday. Steyning will welcome back Owain Jones and Ben Shelford.

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