Frustrated Wisborough set for a final-day survival shoot-out

Wisborough Green V Stirlands 11/7/15- W/Green's Nick Baron (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150713-174845008
Wisborough Green V Stirlands 11/7/15- W/Green's Nick Baron (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150713-174845008

Wisborough Green will be looking for a dramatic escape as the relegation battle comes down to the final day in Division 4 on Saturday.

Green were held to a frustrating draw at basement side Keymer & Hassocks on Saturday, meaning that just eight points separate the bottom three teams.

Jamie Self’s side secured ten points on Saturday and are four clear of Hassocks, but four behind Hellingly, who are out of the relegation places after their shock win over Stirlands.

Wisborough will now need to make up a five-point swing in their final match at home to Henfield, while Hellingly are at Rye and Hassocks are at Stirlands.

Self said: “Despite missing out on victory, I couldn’t have asked for more from the guys and it was another great team performance.

“We’ve put ourselves in position but obviously with other results going against us, our fate now is unfortunately out of our hands. All we can do is put in a good performance this week and see where the dust settles.”

The visitors were left extremely frustrated as Hassocks inserted them and then seemed happy to bat out for a draw. Wisborough made 215-5 declared in 46 overs as Self (65), Nick Baron (67), Matt Scott (27) and the returning James Newman (35) all contributed.

A key 62 not out from Lee Pittavino then helped Hassocks to 174-7 in 54 overs. Jamie Purtell also hit 20.

Self said: “Having been put into bat on what was a tricky wicket, the guys really showed great character and application, as we were able to post a good total and put ourselves in a promising position.

“Having reduced them to 80-6 from 30 overs, we managed to get ourselves in a very commanding position, but unfortunately we weren’t able to finish them off. Credit to them for seeing off 54 overs, but their lack of intent was certainly disappointing considering they had won the toss and put us in.”

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