Slinfold won’t dwell on first loss ahead of top-of-the-table clash

Slinfold (batting) v Wisborough Green. Andy Parson SR1511243. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150526-121036001
Slinfold (batting) v Wisborough Green. Andy Parson SR1511243. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150526-121036001
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Slinfold skipper Guy Thorne says his side will not dwell on their first defeat on the season in Division 4 on Saturday.

They suffered a shock nine-wicket reverse at home to a Crawley side that started the day fifth in the table.

After winning the toss and opting to bat, Slinfold struggled to just 120 in 34 overs, before their visitors chipped it off with 125 for the loss of just one wicket in the 22nd over.

The result comes after Slinfold’s six-game winning run was ended in a draw with Southwater last week.

Their first loss this Saturday and leaders Mayfield’s win at Rye, sees Slinfold trail them in second ahead of the top-of-the-table clash at the Wellbrook Ground this weekend.

Thorne said: “Our unbeaten run sadly came to an end on Saturday and full credit to Crawley, they were well worth their victory and unfortunately we just didn’t perform.

“We are not going to dwell on it too much, it was a bad day at the office. Crawley bowled well with the new ball and had us in trouble early and we simply didn’t recover.

“The one bright spark was an innings of 30 not out from youngster Sean Overton out of a total of 120, which will give him a lot of confidence for future weeks.

“At the beginning of the season I would have taken one loss and six wins from our first eight games, and now we look forward to going to Mayfield next week for the top-of-the-table clash.”

Slinfold first four batmen fell for 26 runs on Saturday, before Steve Haines (17) was the first to make double figures. Tom Filby added 12 after the early damage by bowlers Harry Chaudharry (3-28) and Kunal Kapoor (3-37).

Sean Overton made the telling contribution of 30 not out to take Slinfold past 100, before Paul Clifford (4-28) polished off the rest of the tail.

Akeem Jordan got an early break though in Crawley’s reply dismissing Clifford for nine, but Slinfold’s usual telling attack did not tick.

Prabh Singh (60*) and Kapoor (44*) eased the visitors home for the loss on no further wickets.

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