Askew says title hopes are over after away defeat

Littlehampton Cricket Club captain James Askew
Littlehampton Cricket Club captain James Askew

Littlehampton Cricket Club captain James Askew says his side’s WSICL title hopes are over after a five-wicket defeat at Felbridge on Saturday.

That left Littlehampton 79 points behind leaders Broadwater, who need just 16 points to lift the title and travel to The Sportsfield on Saturday.

Askew said: “That’s it for our title hopes now. We’ll look to give a couple of youngsters a run out in the first team to give them experience of playing at this level, while we also want to make sure our second team stay in their division.

“The results don’t lie and we haven’t played good cricket this season. Last year we played some good cricket but still didn’t get into the Sussex League, so that’s two years in a row we’ve failed now.”

Owing to work, Askew arrived at Felbridge 15 minutes after the start and found Littlehampton 8-4, before they eventually managed to reach 142. Felbridge were 73-5 at one stage, before reaching their target. Askew said: “We’d have fielded first if we’d won the toss but if we’d got up to 180, that would have probably been enough. We had them five down but one of their guys then hit four sixes in an over and that was it, really.”

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