Pulborough heading for key relegation battle after loss

Pulborough's Tariq Farhan top-scored for his side with 45 on Saturday
Pulborough's Tariq Farhan top-scored for his side with 45 on Saturday

Pulborough are set for a vital clash in their battle to beat relegation next weekend after a six-wicket defeat, at home to Haywards Heath on Saturday, kept them in the bottom two in Division 3.

With next Saturday’s opponents Rottingdean sitting just above Pulborough in the table, captain Lee Callagan isn’t underestimating the importance of the fixture.

He said: “I think it’s between three sides to go down – it would be a huge advantage to win. We’d put pressure on them and go above them; it’s all hanging on this game.”

Winning the toss against Haywards Heath, Tariq Farhan (45), Saurabh Tiwali (31) and Imran Khan (23) got Pulborough off to a strong start as they eventually scored a competitive 162 on a difficult pitch. They did, however, lose their last five wickets for only 23 runs as Haywards Heath’s Dan Strange took a commanding 5-28.

The Pulborough bowlers toiled with sparse success however, as Haywards Heath lost only four wickets in their reply, chasing the total down in 34.1 overs with Ryan Brown hitting 53 not out, and former England under-19 player Hannah Phelps making 40.

Callagan was frustrated that his side couldn’t profit with the ball, and said: “We just didn’t bowl very well to be fair, too many four balls.”