Sidley clinch long overdue win

Neil Priddy
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SIDLEY finally celebrated their first win of the season in Sussex Cricket Division Two with a three-wicket defeat of Glynde & Beddingham.

The success came at the 13th time of asking after the previous dozen fixtures had resulted in three draws, five defeats and four abandonments.

After opting to take first knock Glynde amassed 236-6 thanks to Darren Howard (57 not out), Chris Stanyard (38) and Chris Baker (33).

The wickets were shared between Neil Priddy (3-27), John Haffenden (2-52) and Paul Swannell (1-49 off 17 overs).

An opening stand of 66 between Sam Steele (44) and Paul Thompson (32) set Sidley on the right path before Priddy (36), Haffenden (43), Paul Nice (22), Scott Woodroffe (19 not out) and Craig Ramsden (19) saw them to 238-7.

Despite the win, Sidley sit 38 points adrift at the foot of the table.

Division 2 results: Glynde & Beddingham 236-6 (13) Sidley 238-7 (26); Goring-by-Sea 133 (4) St James’s Montefiore 137-4 (30); Haywards Heath 202-9 (12) Three Bridges 203-5 (28); Ifield 203-6 (26) Findon 207-6 (26); Cuckfield 188-6 (28) Pulborough 154 (8).

Division 2 standings (played 13): Three Bridges 280pts, Findon 209, Cuckfield 209, St James’s Montefiore 206, Glynde & Beddingham 190, Goring-by-Sea 187, Ifield 180, Pulborough 167, Haywards Heath 164, Sidley 126.

For a full match report see Friday’s Bexhill Observer.