Henfield fall short of target

Henfield's Tony Brugnoli scored some vital late runs
Henfield's Tony Brugnoli scored some vital late runs

Henfield CC were left to rue a ‘lack of cunning’ as they came up ten runs short in Saturday’s Division 3 East draw with Burgess Hill.

Tom Trowbridge had led the way for Hill with a fine 118 as the hosts declared at 220-7, but Henfield were close to chasing that imposing target, thanks largely to opener Jack Parsons’ 47, an unbeaten 55 from Will Culver, and Tony Brugnoli who smashed 20 runs off the third last over.

Earlier, Graham Fuller led the way for Henfield with 3-47, as Burgess Hill batted around Trowbridge. Aaron Barnes was one of only two pother batsmen to reach double figures, with his 36.

Henfield required 117 off the last 21 overs, but Brugnoli’s late fireworks were not enough.

Skipper Brett Moore said: “It was a big score to chase, but it is such a good track there, we have knocked off 160 runs in T20 games there.

“I think we are lacking in confidence with the bat because we have batted so badly this season, and if we had batted a bit better all season, we would have knocked that off.

“We also lacked a bit of cunning in the middle overs to work the ball around, something the professionals are so good at. We went for too many big shots.”