Sloppy Steyning suffer an agonising two-run defeat to Portslade

Portslade batsman Danny Hansen makes his ground despite the efforts of Steyning's Ed Lamb on Saturday SR1517089 ''''    PICTURE BY STEVE ROBARDS
Portslade batsman Danny Hansen makes his ground despite the efforts of Steyning's Ed Lamb on Saturday SR1517089 '''' PICTURE BY STEVE ROBARDS

Steyning suffered a narrow two-run defeat to their inform local rivals Portslade in Division 3 on Saturday.

Portslade batted first and were bowled out for 164 in 53 overs, while in a tense-finish, Steyning fell just short in their reply; all out for 162 in 35.3 overs.

Steyning CC (bowling) v Portslade. Steve Chamhambiwa delivers. Pic Steve Robards SR1517110 SUS-150720-125125001

Steyning CC (bowling) v Portslade. Steve Chamhambiwa delivers. Pic Steve Robards SR1517110 SUS-150720-125125001

Steyning vice-captain Ben Shelford said: “We bowled really well to get them out for 164. Owain (Jones) then batted superbly and we were cruising at 131-4. But after that point we just collapsed.

“Some really poor shots were played and in the end we lost the game. It was just not acceptable and we should have done better than we did.”

After winning the toss and deciding to bat, Portslade skipper Paul Glover (27) and Danny Hansen (20) put on 54 for the first wicket. David (30) and Ian Wainwright (50) then put on a 52-run fifth-wicket stand but when the pair fell Steyning took control and picked up the final five wickets for just 21 runs.

Ed Lamb led the way with the ball finishing with 5-12.

Steyning CC (bowling) v Portslade. Ollie Ciollins attempts to save a boundary but is unsuccessful. Pic Steve Robards SR1517077 SUS-150720-125000001

Steyning CC (bowling) v Portslade. Ollie Ciollins attempts to save a boundary but is unsuccessful. Pic Steve Robards SR1517077 SUS-150720-125000001

Steyning slipped to 61-3 in response, but Owain Jones (94) and Toby Glover (22) put on 70 for the fourth-wicket and they looked to be cruising. With victory in their sights, Steyning lost their final seven wickets for 31 runs and fell to an agonising loss.

Shelford added: “We had so many overs left to get the runs but sloppy dismissals cost us. We will have a chat as a team at training to try and identify what went wrong.”

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