Second-placed Roffey keep up the pressure with Bexhill win

Roffey CC V Bexhill CC 13/6/15 Alex Collins is just in (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150615-154945008
Roffey CC V Bexhill CC 13/6/15 Alex Collins is just in (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150615-154945008

Second-placed Roffey kept up the pressure on Preston Nomads with an 87-run win over Bexhill on Saturday.

They remain five points behind the leaders as they posted 214 before bowling out their visitors for just 127 in the Premier Division clash.

Roffey CC V Bexhill CC - Ashar Ziad 13/6/15 (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150615-154957008

Roffey CC V Bexhill CC - Ashar Ziad 13/6/15 (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150615-154957008

The reigning champions then followed this up with victory over rivals Horsham in the T20 Cup on Sunday.

Having lost the toss on Saturday, Roffey were asked to bat and had an early wobble.

Opening bowlers Dean Crawford (2-59) and Shawn Johnson (2-51) hit their lines early to reduce the hosts to 84-5.

Rohit Jagota hit 37 before a fine unbeaten 61 from wicketkeeper Matt Davies and 28 from Ben Manenti helped them up to 214 in the 58th over, as Asher Zaidi finished with figures of 4-55.

In reply, only Shawn Johnson (32) applied himself with the bat as a sharp effort in the field saw Bexhill skittled to 50-5 and then 82-9.

From the top nine, Cameron Burgon was the only other batsman top make double figures with 18.

Number 10 Nick Peter also put up some resistance with 39 not out, but with little support, Bexhill closed on 127 all out on 38 overs.

Leigh Harrison (3-24), George Fleming (3-34) and Alex Collins (3-36) took the wickets with six of them caught.

Fleming added: “It was a good win Saturday to keep up our form. We lost the toss and were put in to bat in good conditions to bowl.

“Bexhill bowled very well and took their catches reducing us to 80-5.”

“A cameo from Rohit and a great innings from Matt Davies got us up to 214 as well as Leigh Harrison scoring a crucial 20-odd at number 11.

“I thought 180 was probably about par so was happy with 214 and thought if we bowled and fielded well we would have a very good chance of winning the game.

“All the bowlers were excellent and we held all of our chances to win pretty comfortably in the end.”

“It was satisfying to win after losing a good toss to win.”

Full report from both games and more reaction in Thursday’s West Sussex County Times.

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