Pulborough won’t panic despite Pagham defeat

Pulborough bowler Imran Khan claimed 2-85 against Pagham
Pulborough bowler Imran Khan claimed 2-85 against Pagham

Pulborough captain Lee Callaghan is not panicking despite his side sitting in the relegation places in Division 3 at the halfway point in the season.

A 123-run defeat away to Pagham on Saturday ensured Pulborough remained second to bottom and 20 points from safety.

Having won the toss, Pulborough elected to bowl and saw their opponents post 228-6 where they declared after 50 overs.

Opener Stuart Rutter started superbly for the hosts with a 134-ball 101, while Joe Metz also added 62.

Pulborough’s Saurabh Tiwariv recorded their best figures with 3-40, while Imran Khan took 2-85.

Callaghan felt it was a par scored at the halfway stage, but was once again left to rue a poor batting display as his side crumbled to 105 all out in 34.5 overs.

He said: “It was always going to be a struggle as we were missing four bowlers and I had to bowl injured on one leg.

“It was probably a par score and we fielded well for 30 overs, but in the last ten a few chances went down.

“Their top three batted well, but we dropped a few chances which may have changed the score.

“On the whole we did bowl well, but the problem appeared again, like the rest of our season, where we have not applied ourselves with the bat. We do the hard work and then chuck away our wickets.

“If you pick up three or four wins you will jump right up the table. We’ll look to get a win on the board sooner rather than later.

“The main thing is just changing the results and getting some points or a draw and get some 200s on the board.”

With the bat, Pulborough continually lost wickets, with only four middle-order batsmen making double figures.

Luke Burrows top-scored with 24 and Shane Fletcher made 19, while Pagham’s opening bowler Nabib Raham did the damage with the ball, claiming 5-24.

Pulborough host Crawley on Saturday.