Sussex Cricket League round-up: Roffey go second

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Current Sussex League Champions Hastings Priory lead the table again this season having won three games in succession.

Roffey are now in second place following an impressive win at home to Horsham with Preston Nomads close behind, they won by seven wickets at home to lowly Bexhill on Saturday.

The bottom two clubs are Worthing and Eastbourne, neither has won so far this season.

Brighton and Hove won the toss and batted first at Hastings to set a moderate 225 for 9 declared of which Patrick Spencer hit 67 and Michael Rippon 40.

For the home side Josh Poysden took 3 for 66 and Mick Glazier 3 for 47.

Sussex player Kirk Wernars then cracked 92 not out, David Draper made 56 and George Campbell 35 to take Hastings to victory at 227 for 4 from just 39.3 overs.

Horsham posted 249 for 6 declared at Roffey with 67 from Tom Johnson and 32 from John Burroughs as Matt Davies took 3 for 46.

But then Josh Fleming made 98 and Chris Plaister 60 to take Roffey to a three wicket win at 252 for 7 despite leg-spinner Michael Munday grabbing 5 for 73.

It was easy for Preston Nomads at home to Bexhill who they dismissed for just 106 in 41.5 overs as Carl Simon took 4 for 30 amd Matt Hobden 3 for 34.

Nomads cruised to 109 for 3 in 29.2 overs with Stuart Faith 34 not out.

Darryl Rebetts has taken over the Worthing captaincy from Michael Gould and made his first ever League century, 101 not out, in his first game in charge but he still finished on the losing side.

Worthing made 247 for 5 declared with Stuart Carter (47 not out) sharing an unfinished sixth wicket stand of 106 with Rebbetts while Michael Gould made 31, Craig Fowle with 3 for 78 in 22 overs was the pick of the visitors’ bowling.

East Grinstead won the game by three wickets with two balls to spare as they posted 251 for 7.

Aussie Danny Irvine, in his first game in England, made 70 and teenager Nathan Bailey his his first ever League fifty as he was out for 90! For Worthing, still without a win since tgheir promotion last year, Benn Challen took 4 for 64 in 18.4 overs.

Eastbourne finished 17 runs short of the total posted by visitors Chichester with four wickets standing and, like Worthing, are still seeking their first win of the season.

Simon Hasted made 51, Mark Bamford 48 and Chris Kirkham 38 in a Chichester score of 259 for 7 declared.

Sussex protégé, 17 year-old Calum Jackson hit 109 and Matt Green lent support with 35 in an Eastbourne total of 242 for 6, for the visitors Aussie Adam Zampa took 3 for 85.

Three Bridges have made a strong start in their quest to regain their Premier League place having won three successive games to lead the table ahead of Cuckfield and Pulborough.

Batting first at Ifield, Bridges were dismissed for 167 with 41 from James Chadburn and 38 from Joe Cooke as Russell Jacob took 6 for 34.

In reply Ifield tumbled to 107 all out, teenage pace bowler Tim Moses took 3 for 23.

Cuckfield made short work of beating Findon and it was their long serving pace bowler Nick Patterson, grandson of former West Indies skipper Denis Atkinson, who took the bowling honours with figures of 9 for 58 in 22.5 overs as Findon were dismissed for just 114, Glen Bridon with 23 was top scorer.

Cuckfield reached 118 for 3 from 23 overs, Marc Gardner hitting 52 and Sarel Erwee 43 not out.

Pulborough won a relatively low scoring game at Glynde by two wickets after dismissing the home side for 138 of which Dominic Shepheard made 37 as Kuldeep Rawat took 7 for 57.

Ed Barber with 37 not out guided Pulborough home at 141 for 8, there were two wickets each for Dale Tranter and McCaulay England on his debut.

St.James’s enjoyed their first win of the season by a 38 run margin at Haywards Heath.

In a total of 165 all out for the visitors Henry Sims made 70 as Charlie Dowdall took 4 for 25 and Declan Hoare 3 for 33.

Hoare was top scorer for the home side, he made 39 and Ollie Graham 32, as they were dismissed for 127, Mike Edmonds taking 3 for 18.

The game at Goring was abandoned in its closing stages due to bad light with Sidley facing a Goring total of 276 for 4 declared.

In that total Sam Thorns dominated proceedings, he hit 141.

Peter King made 67 and Sam Steel 50 as Sidley came off at 189 for 5, Matt Keen taking 3 for 43.

Crowhurst Park and Crawley are now the joint leaders of Division 3 East. The two clubs experienced contrasting fortunes after close finishes.

Crowhurst Park were beaten by just five runs at Hellingly mainly thanks to a fine all round game from the home side’s Tim van Noort. He scored 71 as Hellingly left Park 197 to chase. Richard Coleman’s 5-58 gave the visitors every chance of winning their fourth game of the season but then van Noort struck again with 5-12 as Crowhurst Park fell short on 191 despite 50 from the in-form Martin Barry.

Crawley won their third game of the season (all away victories) at Burgess Hill by just 2 wickets. Tim Trowbridge (38), Luke Vick (36) and Paul Elphick (30) contributed towards the Hill score of 192-8. Hussain and Genge took 3 wickets each for Crawley before Atif Elahi’s knock of 83 saw the visitors continue their great start to the season winning in the game’s final over despite 4-40 from Joe Maskell.

Ansty are third after being forced to settle for a draw with visitors Henfield 9 wickets down at stumps.

Jon Young struck 106 not out in Ansty’s 229-7. Rob Slaughter countering with 4-88. Henfield finished 204-9 led by Chris Compton’s 59 but they are now the only side in the division without a win and 19 points adrift at the bottom of the table.

Lewes Priory were also frustrated after making most of the running against Keymer & Hassocks.

Imran Khan made 68 and Adam Scott 49 of Priory’s 235-8. Michael Poole (4-83) and Andy Westgate (3-81) both returning creditable figures from long spells.

Michael Johnson made 47 not out, Joe Barnes-Gratton 38 in Keymer’s reply as they closed on 145-7. Tom Sharp took 3-48 for Priory.

Lindfield chalked up their first victory of the campaign at Seaford by 7 wickets. They passed Seaford’s total of 176 with overs to spare. Matthew Wilson-Yelvedon took 4-35 whle Seaford’s Oliver Smith hit 60.

Bognor are still out in front in Division 3 West but were held to a draw by Stirlands.

Things looked good for Bognor when they posted 241-7. Rob Willway made 102 while Struan Cameron fought back with 4-39. Stirlands closed on 199-6 after Sean Heather’s unbeaten 109 thwarted any hopes of a Bognor win.

Middleton are second after a very similar game with Pagham to the already mentioned Bognor match.

They set a challenging 249-6 declared as Ben Hansford struck 133. Wayne Green took 4-64 for Pagham and 51 not out from Graham saw them finish 200-7 but remain bottom of the pile.

Arundel remained third but their visitors Slinfold enjoyed a 5 wicket victory restricting the home side to just 163.Harrison Temple made 54 of these but Hadyn McIntyre 5-47 and Richard Harris 5-49 set up a first victory of 2012 for Slinfold for whom Jonathan Hughes made 55.

Steyning are now fourth after thrashing Littlehampton on their own turf by 9 wickets. Littlehampton won the toss but then saw their afternoon go downhill making just 138. Jordan Farrell top scored with 29 while Tim Humphries bagged 3-37.

84not out from Lee Mottishead and 43 from Hywel Jones completed the rout as Littlehampton still search for their first win.

Billingshurst posted a huge total of 311-3 off just 45 overs as Dhanuska Malpoorachchi (153 not out) and Carleon Brome (103) shared a partnership of 223. Wisborough Green were all out for 194 in response.