New leaders Roffey win on the road to take control at the top

Roffey's Mark Pavlovic's late hitting almost rescued victory against Hastings Priory in the National Cup on Sunday
Roffey's Mark Pavlovic's late hitting almost rescued victory against Hastings Priory in the National Cup on Sunday
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Roffey captain Josh Fleming knows there is a long way to go in the Premier Division title race despite seeing his side reclaim top spot on Saturday.

They chased down the home side’s 180-8 fairly comfortably with five wickets in hand, despite a bit of a stuttering start in their reply.

Rohit Jagota claimed 5-42 with the ball, after Roffey had won the toss and asked their hosts to bat.

The stubborn Dominic Shepheard (48) top-scored for Eastbourne after Mark Tomsett had set a base with a steady 33.

Fleming, saw his side open up a 14-point lead over second-place East Grinstead, and said: “It was a good win on Saturday, especially as when we got there it was very wet and it didn’t look like we were going to play.

“All the bowlers did well, but we dropped a few catches which cost us a little, but we kept them to 180, which we felt was a chaseable score and after a few wobbles, we knocked it off quite comfortably in the end.

“It’s good to be top and where you want to be, but also there is a long way to go. There are still nine games left, so we are only at the halfway stage. It is great to be top, though.”

Roffey did make hard work of the reply, however, and Eastbourne were in with a shout with Jacob Smith (4-67) instrumental in reducing them to 82-5.

Daniel Smith (25) and Chris Webb (21) contributed well, but a superb unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 99 between Kuldeep Rawat (32 not out) and Matt Davies (75 not out) saw Roffey home with 181-5 in 35 overs.

Roffey crashed out the National Cup on Sunday with a shock defeat away to Hastings Priory in the last 16 of the prestigious competition.

Full report in this week’s paper.