Steyning open up a healthy lead as Crawley crumble

JPCT 050714 S14280582x    Cricket, Sussex League Division 4 - Steyning bowling, Isaacs, keeper Curtis-Botting v Crawley batting, Dewell -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140707-094315001
JPCT 050714 S14280582x Cricket, Sussex League Division 4 - Steyning bowling, Isaacs, keeper Curtis-Botting v Crawley batting, Dewell -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140707-094315001

High-flying Steyning opened up a 65-point lead at the summit of Division 4 with a crushing eight-wicket win at home to Crawley on Saturday.

The table toppers hit their eighth win from nine matches, putting last week’s abandonment against Wisborough Green – which ended their 100 per cent record – behind them.

They won the toss and bowled Crawley out for 149 in 48.2 overs, before Steyning knocked off the total in the 25th over with 152-2.

Steyning captain Dave Kennett said: “It was a very pleasing victory after a tough start with the ball.

“Crawley got off to a good start and were 102-2, but we stayed patient and slowly got ourselves back in to game with some great spin bowling from Andy (Isaacs) and Ed (Lamb).

“We had a great start with the bat with Owain (Jones) and Hywel (Jones) putting on 50 for opening stand and then Ben (Shelford) and Hywel took us close to line with a 70-run partnership.”

Steyning spinner Isaacs (4-38) and Lamb (3-16) helped peg back Crawley after they made a fine start where they crashed from 102-2 to 149 all out.

In reply, Steyning’s Owain Jones (27) and Hywel Jones (61) put on an opening stand of 53, before Ben Shelford hit 42 not out and Ashley Mwenda scored 14 to see the hosts home.

Kennett added: “We have a nice gap at the top after winning eight out of nine and only dropping points due to weather.

“It has been an incredible start but we know the job is not done yet, and with Portslade and Henfield to come in the next two weeks, we will be looking to take maximum points to increase our lead at the top.”