Wisborough find form at right time

SH 050714 Cricket: Portslade (batting) v Wisborough Green. Ben Thatcher. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140707-134004002

SH 050714 Cricket: Portslade (batting) v Wisborough Green. Ben Thatcher. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140707-134004002

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A textbook performance with both bat and ball took promotion-hunting Wisborough Green to a comprehensive victory over Hellingly on Saturday.

The away side were made to regret putting Wisborough into bat as the opening partnership of Martin Hopkins and Tim Dodd put on 162 together, before Dodd fell for a swashbuckling 106 from only 71 balls.

Ben Tracy added 40 as Wisborough declared on 255-5.

Things didn’t improve for Hellingly at the crease as they rapidly crumbled to 17-5 at the hands of Wisborough’s opening bowlers James Rainford and Ben Thatcher.
Thatcher finished with remarkable figures of 5-17 from ten overs, while Rainford took 3-27.

Hellingly could only muster a combined 18 runs from nine of their batsmen as Rajesh Maru swept up the tail with a brief spell of 2-7.

The visitors were swiftly put out of their misery after 22.1 overs, finishing with a total of 55 - a monumental margin of 200 runs behind Wisborough.

Skipper James Self was satisfied with all aspects of the performance, and said: “A great opening stand of 162 from Martin and Tim really set the tone for a positive day.

“Both guys played their roles perfectly as Martin worked hard for his runs and Tim was able to really dominate the Hellingly attack.

“It was good to see Thatch get back amongst the wickets and great to see James bowl with his usual consistency.

“There’s a long way still to go in the season and we can’t be getting ahead of ourselves; but it is very nice to be in the chasing pack heading into the business end.”

Wisborough will be looking to continue their promotion push away at Lewes Priory on Saturday.