Baker blasts a ‘pathetic’ display in six-wicket loss

DM16118892a.jpg Cricket: Southwater (batting) v Rottingdean. Batsman Dan Skett. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160521-203110008
DM16118892a.jpg Cricket: Southwater (batting) v Rottingdean. Batsman Dan Skett. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160521-203110008

Southwater skipper Nick Baker described his side’s six-wicket Sussex League Division 4 defeat to Rottingdean as ‘pathetic.’

After being put in, openers Alex Harding (48) and Matt Lacey (26) put on 84 for the first wicket to give Southwater the perfect platform.

However, following Lacey’s dismissal, things went horribly wrong for Baker’s side and their final nine wickets fell for 68 as they capitulated to 152 all out.

George Ledden was a constant menace and he ended with seven wickets to his name. Some wayward bowling and a number of struggles in the field saw Rottingdean knock off the runs in 29.2 overs as they cruised to victory.

Baker, whose side were unbeaten coming into the contest, felt their batting collapse was unacceptable.

He said: “Alex (Harding) and Matt (Lacey) provided us with such a good platform but we failed to capitalise on that.

“Despite some poor weather, the pitch was good to bat on but some poor shots let us down.

“It was pathetic at times and our bowling and fielding was not good enough.

“We’ve got a derby with Slinfold on Saturday and we’ll be looking to bounce back in that one.”

A fine opening stand of 84 between Harding and Lacey gave Southwater something to build from.

After those two, number three Johann Brouwer joint top-scored with 26 as they fell to 152 all out.

Rottingdean’s Ledden ripped through Southwater’s batting, collecting figures of 7-49 in the process.

Baker nipped opener Simon Clarke (five) out early in Rottingdean’s reply but 51 from Jonathan Smith put his side in command.

Mohammad Islam then struck 35, before Neel Patel finished unbeaten on 41 to guide Rottingdean home.

They reached 153 for four from only 29.2 overs to inflict Southwater’s first defeat in what had be an unbeaten start.

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