CLYMPING Cricket Club were left frustrated on Saturday, despite recording a winning draw away to Storrington.
Clymping lost early wickets after losing the toss and being put into bat. However. Paddy Horne crashed 75 not out and Craig Edwards made 49 as Clymping posted 199 for eight from 49 overs.
Storrington, who could only field ten players for the game, lost wickets at regular intervals in their response but managed to hold on for a draw as they finished on 119 for seven from 45 overs.
Clymping skipper Paul Challen said: “I think the toss was crucial in this one, really.
“If I had won the toss, I would have put them into bat first. Looking at that now, we probably would have won if that was the case.
“They had only ten players available and, with our bowling attack, I was confident we would have restricted them to a low score.
“But it was not to be and sometimes that’s the way it goes in cricket.
“Paddy and Craig played well with the bat for us but, unfortunately, we could not quite get the win.”
Karl Pierce (21) and Andrew Dick (18) allowed Clymping to make steady progress early in their innings.
However, after the first wicket fell, Gareth Challen (four) and Alan Budd (five) were removed in quick succession.
Horne and Edwards then got together and helped Clymping reach 199 for eight in 49 overs.
Dan Pickard took three wickets for Storrington, while Matt Pickard and Billy Harris both claimed two.
In reply, Dan Pickard made 44 and Robert Haggart hit 18 as Storrington began well.
However, Iain Haggart, Paul Cockley and Steve Watkins all fell without reaching double figures as Clymping began to dominate.
Mark Haggart hit an unbeaten 17 and Matt Pickard struck nine not out as Storrington finished on 119 for seven from 45 overs.
Dick took three wickets for 29 runs from nine overs for Clymping, while Edwards took two for 17 off 12 overs.
Clymping do not have a game this weekend.
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