Steyning dominant in Sussex League chase

Steyning CC’s overseas ace Matheesha Ranasinghe smashed an astonishing 35 off nine balls to set his side up for a Sussex League win against Bognor.

After Ed Lamb’s side posted 263-5, Bognor had to go for the win in order to get anything from the game, and Steyning dismissed the visitors with efficiency for a 101 run win.

“For once we played to our potential,” skipper Lamb said.

“We promoted Matheesha up the order because we know he can smash it, we thought we might get maybe ten runs off the over but he hit 30.”

Steyning were inserted and although Hywel Jones, David Curtis-Botting and Sam Grant perished early on, a swashbuckling 78 from 92 balls was well supported by Gary Hunt’s 48 before David Kennett added a fast paced 68 and Ranasinghe’s heroics which saw a final over of 4, 4, 4, 6, 6, 6.

A shell-shocked Bognor were sluggish at the start of their reply, and Lamb became concerned those late runs from Ranasinghe spoiled the game as a contest.

But after instructions from their captain Elliott Clarke, Bognor started to hit out, which allowed Luke Chapman (3-50), Tim Humphries (3-35) and Lamb (2-8) to clean up for maximum points.

The win keeps Steyning on the coat-tails of the leading pack, and Lamb is targeting yhe match at Middleton on August 11 as key.

He added: “If we can continue toi play to our potential for the remaining games, we can be up there.”