Local rivals point finger in frustrating draw

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BILLINGSHURST and Steyning accused each other of settling for the draw too early in Saturday’s Sussex Cricket League Division 3 West derby on Saturday.

Set 245 to win, home team Steyning looked on course, but became bogged down against Ben Williams and in the end ninth wicket pair Luke Chapman and Minh Nguyen were happy to negotiate the final few deliveries as they closed on 181-8.

Earlier, Nguyen had collected an impressive eight wicket haul to be the sole Steyning wicket taker on the day.

The frustration of the result was clear for both captains.

Steyning skipper Ed Lamb said: “I’m disappointed that we didn’t get a big partnership going. When you are chasing a score like that you need a big partnership.

“We were still going for it, and we noticed all their men went out towards the boundary, and we said we are not going for it if they had a field like that.

“If they wanted to win it they had to allow us to get closer to their score.”

It was a different story for Billingshurst captain Mike Burroughs though. “You cannot blame a team for doing that,” he said.

“They played to their strengths. We kept the spinners together for a good 15 overs or so, and they didn’t show any interest, so it was time to bring on the quicks.”