Sidley one wicket from victory

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SIDLEY came within one wicket of securing their first win of the season in Division Two of the Sussex Cricket League.

After posting an imposing total of 254, bottom-of-the-table Sidley managed to winkle out all but the last wicket as Cuckfield held on for a draw at Gullivers.

Peter King top-scored with 71 for Sidley, while Josh Hayward was the most successful visiting bowler with figures of 6-79. Nick Walters then weighed in with a crucial 53 as Cuckfield finished on 202-9.

Sussex Division Two standings (all played 8 matches): Three Bridges 172pts, Glynde & Beddingham 136, Goring-by-Sea 130, Cuckfield 125, St James’s Montefiore 116, Ifield 112, Findon 103, Pulborough 98, Haywards Heath 80, Sidley 68.

Crowhurst Park suffered a 39-run defeat away to Lindfield in Division Three (East).

The home side totalled 216-6 thanks to an unbroken seventh wicket stand of 78 between Josh Hinde (55 not out) and Kingsley Morris (23 not out). Bradley Payne (3-59), Martin Menezes (2-32) and Paul Brookes (1-40) were the wicket-takers.

In reply, Park were all out for 177 despite decent knocks from Brookes (56) and Martin Barry (48). James Pearce (4-58) and Morris (3-38) did most of the damage with the ball.

Sussex Division Three (East) standings (all played 8 matches): Crawley 170pts, Ansty 155, Lewes Priory 141, Crowhurst Park 136, Keymer & Hassocks 129, Hellingly 123, Burgess Hill 114, Lindfield 111, Seaford 101, Henfield 88.

Full match reports will appear in this Friday’s Observer.