Pratik and Groves push Ifield to victory

Ifield v Hassocks and Keymer (Bowling). Batsman Daniel Groves. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150505-134635001
Ifield v Hassocks and Keymer (Bowling). Batsman Daniel Groves. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150505-134635001

Ifield enjoyed a comfortable eight-wicket win away to Pagham thanks to seven wickets shared between Daniel Groves and Pratik Patel and runs from Ed Sykes and Mike Norris.

Pagham won the toss and decided to bat first but it wasn’t long before they were in trouble when Stuart Hanks was caught for just four off the bowling of Sam Dorrington and then without any further addition to the total Patel picked up the first of his three wickets when he dismissed Stuart Rutter for eight and the home side were 13 for 2.

Pagham’s overseas batsman Erange Dissangge was caught for 15 and two further quick wickets fell with the total on 39 and the innings was in disarray.

Groves picked up the first of his four wickets when he clean bowled Kevin Condon for three and he followed this by having Turner caught by Jigar Parekh for a top score in the Pagham innings of 17.

Dinesh Salunkhe had Michael Hales caught behind for seven and then Groves finished off the innings by picking up the last two wickets to leave Pagham all out for just 98.

Groves finished with impressive figures of 4 for 40 off 13 overs and Patel 3 for 14 off 7 overs.

Ifield’s reply didn’t get off to the best start when Alex Norrington was bowled for three but that was the only wobble and despite Pagham using eight different bowlers, Sykes and Norris comfortably chased down the total.

Norris was out for 47 with victory in sight but Sykes remained solid on 41 not out and in less than 20 overs the game was won and tea hadn’t even been taken.

Ifield travel to Middleton next week full of confidence after consecutive victories but knowing there will be tougher challenges ahead.

Crawley Eagles second team bowled out hosts Southwater for 100 with Jafa Nazir 4-18 off 12 overs.

A solid 29 not out from Bishrul Hameed helped Eagles to their first win of the season by three wickets.