Little Common Ramblers rose to third in the table after a comprehensive win over Chiddingly at the Rec on Saturday. After winning the toss Chiddingly opted to bat, and made a good start before losing the first wicket when Tom Constable trapped an opener LBW in the 9th over. From 28/1, Chiddingly then found themselves 56/7 after a fine spell of fast bowling from Deluar Ahmed. Ahmed ripped through the visiting batting line up including the big wicket of Ash Crocombe who was caught brilliantly by Dan Clifford at mid wicket. Ramblers continued to push against some late resistance from Chiddingly, but Deluar returned to the attack to take the 8th wicket. From 88/8, the visitors begun to attack in an effort to get to a respectable score. Jack Meacher struck a powerful 43 not out but the last two wickets fell in the final over thanks to a brilliant run out by Tom Rose and a debut first team wicket for Iftikar Ahmed.
Ramblers started positively in response, Iftikar Ahmed and Tom Powell dealing well with the new ball. Iftikar showed great resistance even after being struck on the helmet, whilst Powell played some trademark aggressive shots moving Common closer to the target. Powell fell fending off a short ball after a well made 40 which brought Alex Coombs to the crease with the score 60/1. The two continued to frustrate the Chiddingly attack as the score moved along to 100 before Iftikar was caught at square leg for 21. Jon Meredith joined Coombs at the crease and looked to finish the game quickly. Meredith smashed an unbeaten 28 from 13 balls to put Ramblers within touching distance before Coombs (32 not out) hit the winning runs.
The win takes Ramblers up to third ahead of the trip to East Dean on Saturday. Ramblers expect to be boosted by the return of Chris Meredith and Joe Croft.