Roffey leap up to third with ‘big win’ over East Grinstead

JPCT 050914 S14381027x Cricket  Roffey v Cuckfield.  Jagota batting for Roffey, Hutchings bowling  -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140909-115100001
JPCT 050914 S14381027x Cricket Roffey v Cuckfield. Jagota batting for Roffey, Hutchings bowling -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140909-115100001

Roffey leapt up to third in the Premier Division with a four-wicket victory at home to East Grinstead on Saturday.

Josh Fleming’s side look to have found top gear in their title defence with their third straight win after an opening-day defeat to Preston Nomads.

East Grinstead, batting first after losing the toss, had a telling contribution from Fynn Hudson-Prentice (90) to help them to 135-6 when he was bowled by Dan Smith (1-24), before Darryl Rebbetts (21) and Toby Margetts (26*) helped them to 203-6 where they declared in the 52nd over.

Roffey’s Ben Manenti took figures of 3-55, while Rohit Jagota took 2-25.

In reply, Josh Fleming opened up with 30, before Jagota hit 56, Chris Webb added 19 and Manenti scored 15 to take them to 156-6.

An unbeaten seventh-wicket match-winning stand of 47 from Matt Davies (29) and Smith (30) helped them home with 203-6 in the 52nd over.

Fleming said: “It was a big win. I think East Grinstead will be the best side we play against, probably, although there are some good teams about.

“They got off to a flyer, but the spinners dragged it back really well and we were pretty good in the field as well.

“It was quite tricky as we lost a couple of early wickets and me and Rohit had to really dig in and build a partnership.

“There were a couple more partnerships to get us over the line and Matt Davies and Daniel Smith did really well to see us home.”

More reaction and Fleming’s view on where his side are place, in Thursday’s West Sussex County Times.