Billingshurst skipper blasts batsmen

Steyning's Luke Chapman
Steyning's Luke Chapman

GARY Hunt and David Kennett’s century stand proved the difference for Steyning in an impressive 90 run defeat of Billingshurst in the Sussex Cricket League.

Hunt (47) and Kennett (58) came to the middle with Steyning in trouble at 15-4, but played intelligently to put their side into a strong position.

Chasing 179 to win, Billingshurst crumbled in the face of some tight bowling from Luke Chapman, and only skipper Mike Burroughs (43) offered anything like any resistance as they were skittled for just 88.

Billingshurst captain Burroughs was disgusted with his side’s batting collapse, and refused to blame the lack of action so far for their woes, while accusing his bowlers of taking it easy when Steyning were there for the taking.

He said: “We were really poor on Saturday, very rusty.

“We could use the excuse that we’ve had no preparation at all but then so could Steyning.

“We had them 20-4 and then took our foot of the gas and let them back in it.

“I knew once they passed 150 that we would struggle. The highlights were Carleon and Barr’s performance, both bowled really well. The pitch was good enough all things considered but we batted without engaging our brains and deserved to be bowled out. We are definitely a couple of batsman light and a few more of them need to take on more responsibility.”