HORSHAM are in pole position for the Sussex Cricket League Premier Division title after victory at Brighton & Hove.
That win combined with a loss to Eastbourne for challengers Preston Nomads leaves Craig Gallagher’s men 17 points clear at the top with two games to play.
Elsewhere, two of the relegation candidates won their matches with Pulborough beating Roffey
and Chichester winning at home to Roffey. As a result both Three Bridges and Brighton and Hove have been drawn into the relegation battle.
Brighton and Hove were bowled out by Horsham for 193 after deciding to bat.
In that total Jordan Rollings made 41 and Guy Williamson 30 while, for Horsham, Michael Munday took 3 for 40 and there were two wickets each for Matt Henry, Devon Endersby and Sam Cushing.
Horsham cruised home at 194 for 2 with 90 from James Johnson and 57 not out from John Burroughs while Will Beer made 30.
Preston Nomads collapsed to 141 all out from 38.2 overs at home to Eastbourne for whom Matt Cooke grabbed 4 for 29, Kashif Ibrahim with 25 was top scorer for the home side.
Skipper Mark Tomsett then made 81 not out including 13 fours to take Eastbourne to victory at 142 for 2 from 35.1 overs.
Hastings recovered from 114 for 5 to make 243 for 7 declared at home to Three Bridges as Jason Finch made 64, David Draper 64 and George Campbell 47.
For the visitors, Danny Alderman took 3 for 96 and Hisam-ul-Haq 2 for 41.
But Bridges were dismissed for 124 as young leg-spinner Josh Poysden took 6 for 37, for Bridges James Chadburn with 34 was top scorer.
Pulborough gave themselves hope of avoiding relegation with a spectacular nine wicket win at home to Roffey after keeping their visitors to 162 for 8 declared of which Matt Davies made 40 not out, Harvin Baidwan took 4 for 46.
Rohit Jagota with 83 not out and Tom Crump, who made 64 not out, took the home side to victory at 163 for 1 with an unfinished second wicket stand of 150.
Another side threatened with relegation are Chichester but they also produced a good performance to win by 67 runs at home to East Grinstead.
Richard Logan struck 101 and Jez Goode made 36 to take the home side to 216 all out as Craig Fowle took 6 for 66.
But Grinstead were then sent tumbling to 149 all out with Daniel Joseph, James Stedman and Richard Logan each taking three wickets, Adam Davies with 43 made top score for the losers.
Worthing are still favourites for both the Division Two title and promotion but their leads has been cut to just 25 points ahead of Bexhill with two games to play and the teams have to meet on the last day of the season.
Glynde are still very much in the promotion race aftyer a big win at Haywards Heath who have dropped out of the race.
Goring scored 207 for 8 declared in their local derby with Worthing of which Rohan Bazuidenhout made 57 not out as Ollie Rogers took 4 for 27.
Worthing struggled to 183 for 7 as Darryl Rebbetts made top score of 68 not out while Ellis Woolley took 3 for 56.
Bexhill enjoyed an eight wicket win at home to St.James’s after bowling them out for 197 in 51.4 overs of which Harry Sims made 65
Malcolm Johnson then hit 101 not out and Tom Powell made 74 to help Bexhill to 198 for 2 from just 34.3 overs.
Joe Adams cracked 154 not out for Glynde at Haywards Heath after being dropped on nought and he was well supported by 84 from Stuart Mouland who hit 84 as the visitors posted a mammoth 291 for 1.
Haywards Heath were then dismissed for 216 with 48 from Steve Kingcome and 45 from Fyn Hudson-Prentice.
There were three wickets each for Dominic Shepheard, George Hobden and Matt Hobden.
Cuckfield returned to winning ways with a 96 home victory against Ifield who are still dangerously close to the relegation zone.
Brook Hatwell hit 90, Harry Clarke 42 and Alex Edwards 39 to take Cuckfield to 224 for 5 declared as Russell Jacob took 5 for 90 from 24.4 overs.
In reply Ifield tumbled to 128 all out as Nick Patterson took 7 for 41, top scorer for Ifield was Paul Clifford with 30.
There was a nailbiter in the bottom of the table clash at Stirlands where Lewes Priory were the visitors.
Stirlnds made 268 for 5 declared of which Ian Golding hit 74,Alex Garlick 61, Nick Hunt 59 and Nick Gubbins 54.For Lewes Imran Khan took 4 for 70.
Lewes Priory needed two to win with two balls to go and struck a boundary to take the points and give them a chance of avoiding the drop, they reached 271 for seven with that boundary.
The batting heroes were Imran Khan with 81 and Joe Warren who hit 36 not out at the end and made the vital winning hit, Daniel Oliver took 3 for 57.
Hellingly remain top of Division 3 East but went down to a narrow defeat at Lindfield by just seven runs. Lindfield’s 172-9 proved to be just enough despite David Twine hitting 61. Steven Pearce’s 4-36 proving decisive.
Ansty are now second just 5 points behind after a 45 run victory at home to Seaford.
Dan Belfort top scored with 71 in their total of 207 while John Smith took 5-63.
Seaford fell short at though Ryan Hodkinson did score 79. Ansty captain Shaun Janman taking 3-14.
Burgess Hill just about got through against Crawley after overhauling their score of 104 with eight wickets down.
Warren Schulze scored 38 whilst Ian Simpson was once again amongst the wickets with 5-42.
Fayez Rasheed took 4-17 for Crawley before being removed from the attack. Crawley are now once again well adrift at the bottom of the table.
Keymer & Hassocks virtually assured their safety after a ten run victory at Crowhurst Park.
John Price 49, Nathan Cooper 45 and Tom Fairfax 31 contributed towards their all out total of 184 though Vic Walcott 3-43, Martin Menezes 3-49 and Rakesh Patel 2-20 contributed to two collapses during the innings.
Keymer were 95-1 then 102-4 then 155-4 to 161-9. Park’s reply followed a similar path as 49-0 became 86-5 then fell away from 149-5 to a final total of 174. Martin Menezes 40 and Martin Barry 31 led the reply but once again Andy Westgate 5-67 and Nick Campion 4-33 helped to knock over their opposition.
Findon now look odds on for promotion from Division 3 West after making short work of Arundel.
Arundel made just 131 after winning the toss which Findon passed for the loss of just one wicket. A further 18 points from their last two games would wrap up the title.
The situation for Arundel however is looking bleak as they have slumped to the bottom of the table and are 21 points adrift of safety.
Bognor Regis remain second after winning batting first at Henfield by 118 runs.
Andrew Quincey 74 not out and Elliott Clarke 69 led the way in their 275-9 and Rob Willway 4-22 helped dismiss Henfield for 157. Henfield’s Mark Hopgood took 4-94 and hit 56 in vain.
Pagham won a priceless victory at Middleton to take themselves off the foot of the table.
Middleton declared on 235-8 as Sebastien Gallagher scored 114 and Eddie Towner 42.
Mike Hales notched up 4-64 for Pagham who went on to win by five wickets mainly thanks to Wayne Green’s 96 and Jake Stockdale making 44 not out.
Billingshurst moved up to third after a 3 wicket win at home to Littlehampton. Mike Askew made 66 for Littlehampton but Billingshurst got home with 73 from Mike Burroughs.
Steyning made all the running at home to Slinfold but the visitors hung on for a draw with nine wickets down. Steyning put 273-6 on the board with 137 not out coming from the bat of David Kennett and despite 14 year old David Croshaw taking 4-40 Slinfold closed on 167-9.