SUSSEX Cricket Peague champions Hastings have moved to the top of the Sussex Premier League following a second victory in successive weeks while previous leaders Horsham lost at home to Preston Nomads.
Roffey are hot on the heels of the leaders following their big win at home to Chichester. At the other end of the table Eastbourne and Worthing have yet to record their first victory.
It was a low scoring game at East Grinstead as Hastings won by four wickets to move to the top of the table.
The home side were dismissed for just 138 with Toby Margetts and Will Adkin bioth making 36 as Hastings spinners Josh Poysden and Mick Glazier were among the wickets.
Poysden took 4 for 30 and Glazier 4 for 22 before Matt Machan led the Hastings victory charge with 47 in a winning total of 139 for 6, Adam Maharaj-Newman made 30 as Will Adkin took 3 for 21.
Preston Nomads were dismissed for 178 at Horsham despite well nigh perfect batting conditions.
It could have been a lot worse but for a ninth wicket stand of 66 between Carl Simon (41 not out) and Kashif Ibrahim(24).
For the home side Matt Barry took 4 for 46 and Michael Munday 3 for 60.
In reply Horsham started well with Will Beer hitting 33 and Devon Endersby 37 but then Carl Simon, now in his 8th season over from Antigua, got to work and took 5 for 60.
With Ian Simpson taking 3 for 20 Horsham tumbled to 127 all out to lose by 51 runs.
Roffey enjoyed the most decisive win of the day in a nine wicket home success against Chichester.
Mark Bamford and Steve Sedgeley each made 42 to take the visitors to 190 all out as Abdul Khan took 3 for 33 and Matt Davies 3 for 7.
In reply George Fleming cracked 76 not out and Theo Rivers 74 not out to take their side home at 191 for 1.
There were runs galore at Brighton and Hove in a high scoring draw against bottom club Eastbourne.
Sussex player Chris Liddle cracked 209 not out and Michael Rippon made 39 in a massive 345 for 4 declared for the home side.
But then Luke Wells, left out of the Sussex side against Notts, hit 169 and Mark Tomsett made 65 to help the visitors to 318 for 8 at stumps, Matt Wood taking 5 for 54.
Bexhill won for the first time since being promoted last season when edging our fellow promoted club Worthing by five wickets at The Polegrove.
Worthing set a target of 229 for 9 declared having won the toss with 5 from Darryl Rebbetts, 48 from Stuart Carter and 41 from Benn Challen. Calum Guest, with 4 for 55, was the pick of the Bexhill bowlers.
But the Bexhill batting settled well as they won the game at 226 for 5 with74 from Aussie Anderew Harriott,55 from Ste Bedes schoolboy Guest and 54 from skipper Malcolm Johnson.
Luke Vinter had the best bowling figures, he took 3 for 56.
Three Bridges, relegated from the Premier League for the first time last season have become hot favourites to win back their place after winning two successive games to top the table in Division Two.
Only St.James’s and Sidley have yet to win a game, all the others bar Three Bridges have each won once.
At Three Bridges Haywards Heath batted far too slowly in good batting conditions and their total of 186 for 8 proved an easy target for the home side.
Ben Francis made 41 and Declan Hoare 38 as Adrian Chappell grabbed 5 for 54.
Joe Cooke with 77 not out and Danny Alderman, who hit 58 not out, took Bridges to victory at 190 for 3, Ollie Graham taking 2 for 52.
Ifield suffered an unexpected one wicket defeat in the last over at Findon after being dismissed for 161.
In reply Findon made 162 for 9 with 54 from Glen Bridson as Russell Jacob took 4 for 63.
There was an amazing game of hard hitting at Cuckfield where Pulborough were beaten by 23 runs.
Cuckfield reached 278 for 5 as Jason Oates cracked 104 not out and Kritian Piolet 48 not out, Rohit Jagota grabbing 3 for the five wickets to fall.
Pulborough cruised to 158 for 1 due mainly to Sachin Chaudhury who hit 87 before a needless run out. The wickets then tumbled and they were bowled out for 255 as young spinner Josh Hayward took 5 for 53 and Nick Patterson 3 for 76.
There were runs galore at Sidley where the home side lost against Glynde despite posting
351 for 4.
In that total Neil Priddy hit 132 not out and Paul Swannell 136 not out.
But Glynde chased with a vengeance and reached their target at 355 for 6 with 104 from Dominic Shepheard, 89 not out from Rob Mouland and 84 from Chris Stanyard.
The remaining game petered out to a draw as Goring struggled to chase a total of 212 for 8 posted by home side St.James’s, Mike Edmonds making 55.
In reply Goring were 152 for 8 at stumps with 45 from Kieran Leeming as Bradley Hatchett took 4 for 39.
Crowhurst Park won their third game of the season to take over at the summit of Division 3 East. The previous week’s top two Crawley and Ansty shared a draw at Southgate Park.
Crowhurst Park once again made light work of chasing a target. Keymer & Hassocks chose to bat first and John Poole 47, George Christmas 37, Nathan Cooper 26 were the mainstays of their 164 all out.
Richard Coleman took a superb 3-3 from 8 overs before Martin Barry smashed 105 aided by Ed Smissen’s 36 not out to set up a 9 wicket win.
Crawley’s good start to the season continued at home to Ansty but they had to settle for a draw as the visitors hung on with 9 wickets down.
Rohit Shah top scored with 49 of a challenging 239-7 to which Ansty replied with 179-9. Will Dorkings made 58 not out but even 7-48 from Crawley’s Richard Genge could not quite force the win as both sides dropped a place in the table.
Runs were plentiful at Lewes with Priory and Seaford accumulating over 500 for the loss of just 4 wickets apiece.
Priory’s 253-4 was fronted by 100 from Imran Khan but half centuries from two Seaford youngsters meant the visitors won the game. Oliver Smith made 69 and Mark Sapwell 67 not out.
Hellingly enjoyed a comfortable victory at home to Henfield by 6 wickets. Henfield must have regretted batting first as they could only reach 130.
Will Culver top scored with 29 while 15 year old Will Hook returned remarkable figures of 3-3 from 6 overs. Sol March made 55 not out in Hellingly’s reply.
James Pooley added 32 not out while Will Harrison took 2-24 for Henfield who are now joint bottom of the table.
Lindfield remain alongside them after their difficult start to the campaign continued at home to Burgess Hill. Burgess Hill’s 187 was spearheaded by Tom Trowbridge’s 55 while Scott Pearce countered with 6-41. Jack Simpson’s 5-38 reduced Lindfield to 132 all outand a 55 run defeat.
Bognor Regis are the new leaders of Division 3 West as 4-33 from Sam Taylor helped restrict their hosts Slinfold to just 147. Elliot Clarke’s 75 helped them gain their third victory of the season by 8 wickets.
Middleton have also won 3 games and move up to second after a high scoring game against league newcomers Wisborough Green.
Green posted 228-5 after winning the toss as Alex Edwards hit 61. Middleton however won by 7 wickets with 7 overs to spare led by Jack Lerwill’s 80.
There were also notable contributions from Eddie Towner (60 not out) and Nick Smith 41.
Steyning and Arundel fought out a tight draw and as a result both dropped in the table to 3rd and 5th respectively.
Dave Curtis-Botting made 64 in Steyning’s 211-9 and Geoff Stothart 67 in Arundel’s reply of 193-7.
Stirlands made light work of chasing 224 at home to Billingshurst winning emphatically by 8 wickets. Sean Heather was unbeaten on 109 supported by Lewis Allan 53 and 38 not out from Tim Robinson.
Earlier Billingshurst’s total was set up by 68 from Carleon Broome and 57 from Tim Weston.
In a game dominated by the bat there were significant contributions from Stirlands bowlers Stuart Cameron (3-64) and Adam Downing (3-11).
The bottom two teams were involved in a tense drawn game which both came close to winning and losing. Littlehampton’s 206-9 proved to be just out of reach for Pagham by 5runs with their last pair at the wicket. Pagham remain bottom of the table.