Disaster for Slinfold as they are skittled for 45

JPCT 050714 S14280470x   Cricket, Sussex League Division 4 - Henfield bowling, Chris Stanbridge,  keeper, Stanley v Slinfold batting, Parsons, keeper, Stanley -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140707-092733001
JPCT 050714 S14280470x Cricket, Sussex League Division 4 - Henfield bowling, Chris Stanbridge, keeper, Stanley v Slinfold batting, Parsons, keeper, Stanley -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140707-092733001
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Slinfold dropped to sixth in Division 4 after they were skittled for just 45 runs away to Hellingly on Saturday.

Hellingly’s bowlers (Adam Devlin (3-18), Daniel Pellett (3-8) and Davie Pye (4-7) had quite literally a ball after the home side won the toss and put their visitors into bat.

Slinfold’s Andy Parsons (ten) was the only batsmen to make double figures as they completely collapsed in 30.2 overs.

Hellingly responded with openers Steve Hook (19) and Adam Pye (six) putting up 35, and, although Richard Harris (3-5) and Akeem Jordan (2-17) made inroads, the hosts eased home with 49-5 in 12.5 overs.

Slinfold captain Guy Thorne, who was one of five players unavailable on Saturday, labelled the day a disaster and said: I’d sum up the result on Saturday as nothing short of a disaster. I acknowledge we had five first team players absent, but to be bowled out for 45 is simply unacceptable and I was pretty gutted to hear the result having been absent myself.

“We missed a massive opportunity with other results seemingly going our way, but performances like that are a million miles away from a promotion chase.

“I hope I don’t need to readdress my aspirations this year and will put it down as a one off and one performance we need to forget and move on from quickly.

“Those around the group know that I won’t accept performances like that, they won’t be tolerated, and if we need to freshen things up, we will certainly do that. We need to put things right at home on Saturday against Lewes and get back to winning ways, and get our season back on track.

“Our season now lies in our own hands, and everyone at the club has to put their hands up and be counted, they need to contribute, otherwise the season will fade away fast.”