Slinfold’s title hopes hit with loss in top-of-the-table clash

Slinfold CC V Henfield CC 13/6/15 (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150615-155031008
Slinfold CC V Henfield CC 13/6/15 (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150615-155031008

Slinfold’s title hopes in Division 4 were dealt a blow as they suffered a 63-run defeat in their top-of-the-table clash with Mayfield.

It was the visitors’ second defeat of the season and it comes in as many weeks as they now trail the leaders by 47 points.

Slinfold skipper Guy Thorne felt his side had a big chance of victory as they restricted their hosts to 202 in 25.1 overs after putting them into bat.

Akeem Jordan (5-59) and Thorne (3-52) were amongst the wickets as they skittle Mayfield from 148-3 to all out for another 54 runs.

Thomas Kimber topscored with 63 and Terry Lucas made 36 and Ed Finch 28 in their innings, before Slifold themselves failed to tick with the bat.

Thorne said: “We set the game up perfectly, restricted them to 200 on an absolute road, and I felt really confident we’d chase that total down in good time.

“I was pleased with the overall performance and there were glimpses of us getting back to where we were a couple of weeks ago.

“I actually think it’s the best we’ve bowled and fielded all season. We took all our catches, made some great stops, and all the bowlers bowled nice lines and troubled the Mayfield batters.

“It goes without saying they are a top, top side, and I fully expect them to walk Division 3 next year as well, but I do also feel this was a lost opportunity for us.

In Slinfold’s reply, Nabeel Nilamdeen (29) was the only batsman in the top four to make double figures, and Thorne felt losing Steve Haines (14) at 79-4 was the key wicket.

Tom Filby (27) and Sean Overton (17) made a sixth-wicket stand of 44, but with both dismissed in quick succession the tail collapsed to 139 all out.

William Collard finished with figures of 5-40 and Marno Pretorius 3-45.

Thorne added: “”We had a bad piece of luck in losing Steve when he was well set, and at 125-5 I thought we’d have enough to get through to the end as we do generally bat deep.

“We needed one of the lads who got into the 20’s to go on and get 50/60, but lads got in and got out and we fell short in the end.

“It was a great game of cricket though, and lots of positives to take into the next few weeks to stabilise ourselves in second place.”