Williams on song as Billingshurst hand out a thrashing at Lindfield

Scott Stratton
Scott Stratton

Ben Williams tore through Lindfield’s batting order on Saturday as Billingshurst cruised to an emphatic victory in pursuit of promotion from Division 2.

The captain’s bowling was in fine nick as he had each of Lindfield’s last six batsmen caught from his off-spin for just 22 runs.

Only four men made it to double figures as Lindfield were skittled out for a paltry 89 on their home turf.

In response, Billingshurst clocked up the required runs in precisely half the number of deliveries their opponents faced. Opener Rob Woodman took the lion’s share of the available runs, working his way to 46 not out. Stuart Barber hit 25 and Scott Stratton an unbeaten 19 as Billingshurst reached 93-1; recording their fifth successive win in the process.

In spite of his own success, Williams is focused on the task ahead: “Being a captain is all about the team. When something goes well personally, it’s great – this week it was my turn, but we’ve got a great team ethos.

“We don’t want too get too confident, but we’ve got a great chance - we’ve got seven games left, and if we win five, that should see us up.

“It was the best fielding performance I think we’ve put in this year – Andy Barr made two great catches, and Shane West took three.”