Wisborough Green left with final day shootout to avoid bottom spot

Wisborough Green face a final day shootout for the Sussex Cricket League wooden spoon.

The Green, promoted from the West Sussex Invitation League last season, will go head to head against Littlehampton on Saturday.

Saturday’s 38 run defeat to Steyning leaves Wizzy seven points clear of bottom club Littlehampton ahead of their final league match.

A solid batting display laid the foundations for Steyning’s win, as every batsman in their 219-5 declared made double figures. Opener Lee Mottershead made 39, while skipper Ed Lamb remained unbeaten with a near run a ball 37 to set Green an imposing target.  

It was a tough day in the field for Wisborough but Tim Monday did return figures of 4-56 to give his side a sniff.

Lamb was satisfied with Steyning’s efforts with the bat.

“It was a bit of an odd one,” he said. “Nobody made huge runs in that innings or went on to make a big score. Everyone chipped in and played their part. I wanted 200 on that wicket and i was delighted we got a bit more than that.”

Given Wisborough’s league position, they had no choice but to try and chase down the win. And when Tim Dodd and Martin Hopkins put on 6o for the first wicket, they had hope.

That faded though, as despite contributions down the order from Matt Travena (19) and Gregg Marshall (21) Wizzy ran out of wickets and time.

In the end, the Wisborough attempts to grab late runs gifted Lamb five wickets as he took 6-48.

He said: “They were behind the rate and there was no point in going for the draw.

“I was bowling really loopy stuff and they were trying to hit them out of the ground, it made it easy for us.”

Steyning go into Saturday’s final game against Slinfold all but gauranteed third place.