Roffey skipper Fleming reflects on a mixed weekend of league highs and cup lows

Roffey v Eastbourne (batting). Ben Manenti (bowling). Pic Steve Robards SR1517942 SUS-151008-175145001

Roffey v Eastbourne (batting). Ben Manenti (bowling). Pic Steve Robards SR1517942 SUS-151008-175145001

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Roffey captain Josh Fleming reflected on a mixed weekend for his side after their Premier Division victory, but ECB National Club Championship exit.

His side leapt back up to third Sussex League top flight with a three-wicket win at home to Eastbourne on Saturday thanks to an unbeaten 79 from Mike Norris.

Roffey v Eastbourne (batting). Ben Menenti (bowling and left) is congratulated . Pic Steve Robards SR1517990 SUS-151008-175415001

Roffey v Eastbourne (batting). Ben Menenti (bowling and left) is congratulated . Pic Steve Robards SR1517990 SUS-151008-175415001

They thrust themselves back in the mix as they chased down relegation-threatened Eastbourne’s 278 with three wickets to spare.

But it was a stark contrast on Sunday as they exited the cup at the quarter-final stage with a 24-run reverse to Bath.

Fleming said: “Saturday was a great win to keep us in the title race. It was a good pitch and we stuck to our task well with the ball managing to bowl them out.

“Mike (Norris) was the mainstay of the innings and played sensibly to see us home. Everyone chipped in but George (Fleming) played the crucial innings to make sure we go over the line as we were in a bit of trouble when he came in.”

On the following day’s defeat, he added: “Sunday was obviously disappointing but I can’t fault the guys. We were brilliant in the field to keep them to a gettable total. George (Fleming) and Leigh (Harrison) bowled superbly up front to take early wickets and that continued through the innings. Credit has to go to Bath for the way they bowled. We looked like we were going to get over the line but we lost two wickets in two balls when Dan (Smith) and then Rohit (Jagota) got out and that killed off the chase.”

Full reports and pictures in today’s West Sussex County Times.

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