Six of the best as Slinfold continue to set the pace

Slinfold CC V Henfield CC 13/6/15 (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150615-155031008
Slinfold CC V Henfield CC 13/6/15 (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150615-155031008

Pacesetters Slinfold overcame their toughest challenge yet as they notched up a huge six on Saturday.

The Lyons Road club continued their 100 per cent start with a three-wicket win over local rivals Henfield.

It brought up their sixth win from six games in Division 4 of the Sussex League and sees them lead the pile by 17 points, having not dropped one yet this year.

They head second-place Mayfield, who were hotly-tipped for a title challenge, ahead of the two sides meeting at the Wellbrook Ground in the first weekend of July.

Henfield, who have found some form in recent weeks, proved a tough test on Saturday in the derby clash.

They posted a competitive 224 in the 48th over thanks to a starring role from Brighton Mugochi with the bat, but Slinfold dug deep to come home with 228-7 also in the 48th over for a maximum 30 points.

Stand-in skipper Matt Shuttlewood said: “It was a great win, this was probably our hardest challenge to date against a good side.

“It was a good toss to win and when Akeem (Jordan) struck in the first over, it looked like we could go through them but a couple of their batters did really well and settled in as they saw off the new ball and allowed the pitch calm down.

“Our bowlers and batters had to really step up and chasing a 200-plus score showed that not only can we bowl sides out, but that we are good enough as a team to win from difficult positions.

“Chasing 224 was 50 more than we would have hoped for at the start and when we lost Steve Haines in the first over it was key that our batters built partnerships and that is exactly what they did.”

Slinfold travel to Southwater for another derby clash this weekend. Full report, reaction and pictures from Saturday’s win on page 116.