Lamb’s hat-trick helps Steyning to first back-to-back wins

Ed Lamb took a hat-trick in Steyning Cricket Club's win at home to Goring on Saturday
Ed Lamb took a hat-trick in Steyning Cricket Club's win at home to Goring on Saturday

Ed Lamb grabbed a hat-trick as Steyning recorded back-to-back victories for the first time this season on Saturday.

The six-wicket triumph was in fact, just the promoted side’s second win of the season after an indifferent start had left them languishing at the bottom of the table.

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Lamb’s headline-stealing hat-trick was the pick of a fine display for David Kennett’s side, but the skipper was quick to praise a number of key contributions as they restricted Goring to 162-9.

The returning Owain Jones (2-35) took an early wicket, while Lamb dismissed Gareth Cook (15), Ben Timms (nought) and Robin Marriott (18) in successive balls.

Kennett said: “It was great to get back to winning ways. After winning the toss and putting them in to bat we started great having them 1-1 with Owain taking the wicket.

“Having Owain back gave the team a big boost not just on pitch but in the changing room. Annoyingly we couldn’t get the final wicket after bowling well and restricting them to a very gettable total.

“The pick of bowlers was Steve Chinhamwia and Ed Lamb, who took a hat-trick. Ed seems to be the bloke I can chuck the ball to and break a partnership every time.”

Goring skipper Alex Maynard and Chris Bird put on 42 for the second wicket, before Maynard (28) was the first of Stephen Chimhamhiwa’s victims (3-29).

Goring were reduced to 79-4, before Danny Pittham topscored with 30-5 and Gareth Cook (15) and Robin Marriott (18) pitched in before Lamb’s (3-18) treble left them at 134-9.

Ross Baumann finished unbeaten on 18 and Aaron Wyatt hit nine not out as they shared a unbroken 28-run last-wicket stand.

In reply, Owain Jones (15) and Hywel Jones (13) made 27 for the first wicket, before third-man in Oliver Collins set about making an unbeaten 53.

He batted through the innings as Ben Shelford chipped in with 29, before Chimhamhiwa closed with 44 not out to take Steyning to 165-4 in 38 overs.

With the ball, Goring’s bowlers finished with figures of 2-44 for Ross Baumann and 2-58 for Aaron Wyatt.

Kennett added: “With the bat we were very confident of chasing a below-par score. It didn’t get off to the best of starts losing Owain and Hywell early, but Ben and Ollie stabilised us before Ollie and Steve took us to victory.

“Young Ollie was superb he showed great composure and maturity during his innings and showed what an asset he is to the team.

“We have targeted the next two games as must win to get back-to-back wins and hit the second half of season with a winning mentality and try and push our way up the table.”

Steyning climbed four places with the win and up to fourth in the table ahead of travelling to Haywards Heath on Saturday.