Henfield looking up after frustrating start

Henfield just beat the worst of the rain to beat Lindfield and move off the foot of the Division 3 East table.

While nearly every other game was heavily disrupted by the heavy showers on Saturday, this match lost just two minutes and saw the visitors wrap up an 87-run victory just as the heavens opened.

Some fine late hitting from Craig Scott and Tony Brugnoli in particular allowed Henfield to set their hosts a challenging total in trying conditions.

Brugnoli also impressed with the ball and with Rob Slaughter taking 5-20, a stubborn Lindfield were knocked off for 93.

Having lost the toss there was no surprise Henfield were asked to bat. Skipper Brett Moore opened with 25, but top order wickets fell and at 64-6 a modest total looked on the cards.

In at number seven though, Craig Scott got the innings moving with a fluent 45. Number ten Brugnoli then added an equally accomplished 43 not out, and together with Will Harrison made a fine 50-run last wicket stand to push the score to 180.

Brugnoli then starred with the ball, unlucky not to take more than his two wickets, while Slaughter took a fine 20-5. Still it took 47.5 overs to finally bowl a resilient Lindfield out, largely due to a strong middle-order stand between Kevin Chamberlain (34) and Peter Vinall (15).

Alex Fieldsend broke that partnership and Slaughter claimed the final wicket as Henfield leapfrogged Lindfield off the foot of the table