Weekend Preview – 6th July
We’re now halfway through the league season and there’s still lots to play for. The first team seem to be in a relegation battle in division three west but a couple of wins on the trot would propel them up the table in a tight league. The second team will be looking to climb the table further after an inconsistent first half of the season was concluded with an empathic victory over Selsey. The third team are just above mid table and will be looking to keep in touch with the top two. The fourth team have had a good first half of the season and look well on track to meet Tim Hemsley’s mid table target.
This Saturday all four teams are in action and on Sunday the Sunday XI host Burpham and the under 12’s travel to Broadwater.
1st XI – Pagham (A) 12.30pm
The first team head to Pagham looking for their first win since 8th June. The last three weeks have been extremely frustrating for the first team with one game being abandoned when in a good position, one game they were totally smashed, and the other game should have been a 30 point win but they managed to turn it into a 12 point loss. The poor run of form means they currently sit 7th in the table, just 5 points above the relegation zone.
Pagham sit 4th and have been a little inconsistent over the last month, winning two and losing three in June. However they will be confident of completing the double over the first team after they easily won at The Sportsfield at the start of the season. Their top run scorer is Nick Smith with 515 runs at an average of 73.57. Their leading wicket taker is Rico Webb with 20 wickets at an average of 13.60.
Team News – Nathan Cooper comes in for Guy Souch.
2nd XI – Ram (H) 1pm
Darren Bazley’s side will be looking to make it two wins in a row when they host Ram at The Sportsfield. The modest skipper will also be looking to replicate his outstanding 179 not out that steered his team to victory last time out. The second team’s inconsistent form means they currently sit in 6th place but they are only 50 points behind 3rd place and Bazley will be confident his team can climb the table.
Ram sit 4th and 21 points ahead of the second team. They have won four, lost three, tied one and had one game abandoned. One of their wins came against the second team at the start of the season when they bowled the second team out for 68. Their top run scorer is Tarun Patel with 241 runs at an average of 40.17. Their leading wicket taker is Amit Ravi with 12 wickets at an average of 9.
Team News – Bazley makes five changes to last week’s side with Standing, Souch, Peach, Budd, and Finneran all coming into the side. Star batsman Sam Mellor has been ruled out for a number of weeks with a poorly finger. Everyone at LCC wishes him a speedy recovery.
3rd XI – Lancing Manor (A) 1pm
The third team travel to bottom of the table Lancing Manor. Dan Rive’s side has won four and lost four at the halfway point, and that record sees them sit in 4th place in a tight league. Only 62 points split bottom to third. The third team are in a confident mood after last week’s thrilling finish at Worthing and Rive will be hoping for back to back victories.
Lancing Manor have won one and lost seven so far this season but it is never an easy place to go. The third team did beat them by 57 runs at Fernhust at the start of the season. Their leading run scorer is Chris Salt with 150 runs at an average of 18.75. Their leading wicket taker is Andy Murray with 15 wickets at an average of 18.67.
Team News - Dan Rive returns to captain the side despite Dan Clarke’s heroic performance last week. Kumar and Hewitt also return to the side.
4th XI – Arundel (A) 1pm
Tim Hemsley’s side will be looking to get back to winning ways when they travel to Arundel. Hemsley’s side currently sit in 6th place and have won three, lost four and had one game abandoned. The skipper will be extremely pleased with his side so far and they only need two more wins to succeed last year’s win count.
Arundel currently sit a place lower in 7th having won four and lost two, but they have conceded two games. One of their victories came against the fourth team when they beat the fourth team by 101 runs. Their top run scorer is Trevor Horn with 144 runs at an average of 36. Their leading wicket taker is Nick Fisher with 7 wickets at an average of 18.
Team News – Tim makes six changes to the side from last week. Watts, Pannell, Hall, Stubbs, Anumula, and Turner all come into the side.