Wisborough Green stay up on nerve-shredding final day

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Relief and delight were the overriding emotions at Wisborough Green after the First team stayed in the Sussex League on the final day.

But there were nerves right until the end as a defeat at Arundel left things hanging in the balance before news filtered through that Littlehampton had been beaten by Bognor.

“It was tense right to the finish,” the club’s head of senior cricket, James Sadler admitted.

“Having got the batting points we needed it meant Littlehampton had to win to stay up and we knew Bognor are a strong side.

“We only knew for sure when I rang Bognor who said they had won so there was plenty of relief and celebrations, we were chuffed to stay up.”

Alex Edwards’ 83 and a late flash from Jonny Farmer for an unbeaten 30 helped Wizzy to 193-9. Having opted to bat first there was a loud cheer when they passed 180 to give them the eight points needed to ensure only a Littlehampton victory would deny them.

And with Arundel floundering on 62-5, a Wisborough Green victory was on the cards before Harrison Temple’s unbeaten 77 took the hosts over the winning line.

Like many before them Wisborough Green have struggled following promotion from the Invitation League last term. They failed to win any of their last seven games, but that matters little now that priority number one has been achieved.

“Staying up was our only focus and with our thriving colt section now we can really build from here,” Sadler added.