Billingshurst and Roffey share the spoils in abandoned game

Cricket Lindfield v Roffey 30-04-16. Matt Davies (roffey). Pic Steve Robards SR1612256 SUS-160205-130821001

Cricket Lindfield v Roffey 30-04-16. Matt Davies (roffey). Pic Steve Robards SR1612256 SUS-160205-130821001

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Roffey lost an opportunity to forge ahead of their rivals when their game against lowly Billingshurst was abandoned with just 29 overs played.

Billingshurst’s opening batsmen Stuart Barber (39 not out) and Tom Haynes (46 not out) put on 86 without loss.

Roffey’s bowling attack was led by Leigh Harrison, who conceded 25 runs in eight overs, George Fleming (48 runs off 14 overs) and last week’s seven-wicket star Luke Barnard, who conceded just 11 runs from seven overs.

In the end the weather proved too wet to resume, and the match was abandoned without further play after 29 overs. The two sides got ten points each.

Billingshurst skipper Barber said: “We had a weak side out and up against the strength of Roffey, we would have taken ten points.

“We lost the toss and they stuck us in and it was really difficult but myself and Tom batted really well against some tremendous bowling.

“If we’d played the whole 58 overs we could have been in a really good position.”

Roffey skipper Matt Davies, meanwhile, was left disappointed to gain only ten points from the game against the bottom team, who they had hoped to beat.

He said: “Obviously we were disappointed because it was a game we could win.

“To be fair they played well for the 30-odd overs we were playing. It wasn’t that we bowled badly but we didn’t take a couple of chances.”

Barber feels his side’s stand against quality opposition should put them in good stead for their visit to third from bottom Brighton & Hove this Saturday.

He added: “We go there feeling confident we can put in a match-winning display. Hopefully we can get a result, this really is a must-win game.”

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