Wisborough told to main form for promotion

JPCT 240514 S14221083x CRICKET: Wisborough Green v Lewes Priory. Wis Green batting, Ben Tracy (green helmet). Bowling, Harry Wade -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140527-105432001
JPCT 240514 S14221083x CRICKET: Wisborough Green v Lewes Priory. Wis Green batting, Ben Tracy (green helmet). Bowling, Harry Wade -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140527-105432001

Vice-captain Byron Napper believes consistent form will hold the key to Wisborough securing promotion at the end of the season.

Wisborough completely dominated their opponents from Lewes on Saturday as they added considerable momentum to their season with a thumping 201-run win.

As Wisborough cemented third place in the table, the goal of promotion appears increasingly attainable, and Napper is confident his team-mates have the form see out the job: “We’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing.

“So long as we keep picking up 30 points every week, someone will slip up – we just need to make sure we’re ready to take full advantage of that.”

Not content with having swatted the Lewes bowling attack to the boundary 22 times before declaring on 228-3, Wisborough proceeded to skittle out the home side for a miserable 27 runs to complete an easy victory.

Wicket-keeper Ben Tracy steadily worked his way to 79 as Wisborough made the most of being put in to bat by Lewes. James Newman provided strong support with a quick-fire 67.

Tracy was dropped twice in the same over at the start of his innings, whilst Newman was also spared of a stumping as Lewes struggled in the field.

Once Wisborough had the ball, no Lewes batsmen were able to out-score the extras column (eight) as four men were dismissed for ducks in an innings that only lasted 17.3 overs.

Wisborough didn’t even see fit to look for wickets beyond their opening bowling partnership of James Rainford and Ben Thatcher, who took 4-8 and 5-11 respectively.

Napper was unsurprisingly delighted with the performance, and said: “The batting was difficult, we had to get ourselves in and the guys did extremely well with that.

“When we went with the ball, everything seemed to stick, there were some cracking catches in the field and a direct-hit run-out.”