Ifield suffer seven wicket defeat on opening day at hands of Worthing

Ifield v Hassocks and Keymer (Bowling). Batsman Graeme Dean. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150505-134720001
Ifield v Hassocks and Keymer (Bowling). Batsman Graeme Dean. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150505-134720001

Ifield went down by seven wickets in an opening day league defeat at the hands of Worthing.

The visitors won the toss and asked Ifield to bat first and a lively opening bowling attack kept Greg Barton and Sam Dorrington very much on their toes in the early overs.

But just when they seemed to have weathered the attack Dorrington was run out by a direct hit when the batsmen attempted a quick single.

With Joe Cooke unavailable for the game Saleem Ali came in at number 3 but unfortunately didn’t trouble the scorers and at 21 for 2 Ifield were under pressure.

Guru Kedarnath joined Barton and gradually they were able to get the innings back on course with a stand of 30.

But the introduction into the attack of John Glover proved to be the pivotal point of the whole match and a fast and accurate burst ripped out the Ifield middle order and left them in the near impossible position of 59 for 8 and ultimately 76 all out.

The only home batsman to emerge with any credit on the day was Greg Barton who top scored with 33 but he must have wondered what was going on around him.

Glover returned hugely impressive figures of 5 wickets for 7 runs including 3 maidens.

Disappointed Ifield skipper Jack Groves complained his side’s batting was not up to scatch.

He said: “We were missing a couple of players but it was still disappointing and should have done a lot better.

“Our batsmen need to take more responsibility. Afterwards we got together and vowed we will come back stronger next week!”

Groves didn’t have much choice but to go on the attack in the hunt for early wickets.

He turned to the seam of Dorrington and the spin of Jiga Parekh and it was Parekh who got the early breakthrough when he bowled Green for 15.

Further wickets fell with the score on 39 and 42 both to Parekh, but any slight glimmer of hope was extinguished by Challen and Bellamy who saw Worthing home without any late mishaps.

On the day Worthing were worthy winners but Ifield will hope that this was just one of those days at the office where little went right and things can only get better.

Next week Ifield expect to be back to full-strength for the visit to newly-promoted Pagham.