Sussex Cricket League round-up: Roffey lead the chase

Roffey remain hot on the heels of the Sussex Premier League leaders after another win this weekend.

Champions and current leaders Hastings lost two early wickets at Eastbourne but Kirk Wernars and skipper George Campbell put together a century stand to put their side in a commanding position.

Wernars made 61 and Campbell 49 to help towards at total of 257 for 9 declared as veteran former England paceman Ed Giddins took 5 for 68, Stuart Pulford chipped in with 3 for 68.

Eastbourne struggled throughout before tumbling to 87 all out and they remain bottom after six matches.

Mick Glazier send the tail packing with 4 for 8 and Wernars set things tumbling with 2 for 29.

Roffey were put in at Bexhill and declared at 203/8 with 43 from Josh Fleming and 40 from skipper Mick Norris.

Jamie Wicks took 3 for 57 and Calum Guest 2 for 53 for the home side.

Bexhill were them dismissed for 173 despite 87 from Aussie import Andrew Harriott.

For Roffey Andy McGorian took 4 for 42 as did Luke Barnard to give their side a fourth win of the season.

Preston Nomads made short work of dismissing East Grinstead for just 64 as Carl Simon took 4 for 16 and Matt Hobden 4 for 27.

In reply Nomads won the game by six wickets at 67 for 4 with 24 not out from skipper Jeremy Green. For the home side Lewis Hatchett took 3 for 25.

Worthing enjoyed their first win of the season following their promotion last year.

They dismissed Brighton and Hove fro 140 with Chris Grammer making a top score of 30 as

Benn Challen took 4 for 39 and Mason Crane 4 for 35.

Michael Gould then hit 61 as Worthing cruised to 117 for 2.

At Chichester the home side were dismissed for 140 after being put in by Horsham.

Adam Zampa was top scorer, he made 45 as Hisam-ul-Haq took 3 for 57 and Sam Cushing 3 for 36.

Horsham tumbled to 106 all out despite 45 from skipper Craig Gallagher with Matt Geffen taking 3 for 23 and James Stedman mopping up the innings with 4 for 5.

Three Bridges, relegated from the Premier League last season, have won four games in succession to lead the 2nd Division table by 32 points ahead of St.James’s.

James Chadburn hit 116 to lead Three Bridges to 212 for 6 declared at home to Cuckfield. He was well supported by Bradley Gayler who hit 36 as Ebrel Erwee took 4 for 45.

In reply Cuckfield tumbled to 120 all out despite 24 from Tom Mole and 22 fro Kritoan Piolet. Adrian Chappell took 3 for 32.

St.James enjoyed a 76 run victory at home to Ifield after declaring at 259 for 6 with 108 from Mike Edmonds and 55 from Henry Sims. For the visitors Raza Ali took 3 for 76 against his old club.

Ifield were then dismissed for 183 with Jack Groves hitting 69 and Ali 45, Edmonds took 3 for 34 and Chris Davies 3 for 45.

Glynde enjoyed a 189 run win at home to Goring after rattling up 289 for 6 declared of which Joe Adams hit 92 and Chris Stanyard 67, the two shared an opening stand of 163.

Matt Keen took 3 for 79 for the visitors who were dismissed for 146 of which Ellis Woolley made 37, as George Hobden took 4 for 24 and Adam Davies 3 for 28.

The game at Sidley was drawn after the home side, put in by Haywards Heath, made 240 for 3 declared with 71 not out from Jon Haffenden and 62 from Sam Steel.

Haywards Heath had reached 182 for 8 at stumps with 43 from Sussex Academy prospect Ollie Graham, Ian May took 3 for 31.

It was also a draw at Pulborough where the home side decloared at 219 for 8 with Rohit Jagota making 98 andAmit Suman 62, James Iago took 3 for 49.

In reply Findon struggled to 165 for 9 of which Dan Bridson made 45, Kuldeep Rawat took 5 for 67 and Suman 3 for 35.

Crawley are now the outright leders of Division 3 East after demolishing Seaford by 9 wickets at Southgate Park.

The league’s leading wicket taker Richard Genge took 3-33 and with 3-11 from Razwan Hussain 3-11 Seaford were just 97 all out. Harry Chaudhary made 57 not out to send the visitors away pointless.

Ansty moved up to second after beating Burgess Hill by 3 wickets. Jason Simpson top scored with 42 in Hill’s 155-9 which didn’t look enough and finally proved not to be as Ansty’s close season recruit Luke Forster hit 54 to help the home side to the win.

Put into bat at Henfield, the previous joint leaders Crowhurst Park made most of the running but had to settle for a draw after making 237-6. Paul Brookes 55 not out, Paul Lindfield 53 not out were their principal scorers while Rob Slaughter hit back with 4-50. Henfield closed on 170-7 and remain bottom while Park drop to third.

Lewes Priory’s fortunes appear to be reviving winning by a whopping 206 runs against Hellingly. Their 240-7 was based largely around Andrew Hartridge’s 75 and Adam Scott’s 65. They did however lose their previous home score after posting a similar score but this time Hellingly were blown away for 34 in under 15 overs as Tom Sharp 7-14 and Joe Warren scythed through their batting line-up.

Keymer & Hassocks move up to fifth after a 4 wicket win at Lindfield. Tom Fairfax’s 84 not out proving decisive in overhauling the home side’s total of 162-7.

Middleton are the new leaders in the Western division after an emphatic 7 wicket win at Steyning. Steyning elected to bat and made 186-6 led by captain Ed Lamb with 70, David Kennett adding 51. Ben Hansford was out agonisingly close to a ton making 99 as they won with ease.

The previous week’s leaders Bognor Regis dropped to second as Billingshurst’s Dhanushka Mitipolaarachchi enjoyed a remarkable game to send them home with a 96 run defeat. Billingshurst’s 223 included 88 from Mitipolaarachchi while Sam Taylor returned creditable figures of 4-36. Mitipolaarachchi then took 5-27 as Billingshurst moved up to third position just ten points behind the leaders.

Sean Heather made an unbeaten century for the second win running as Stirlands won by 8 wickets against Arundel. Richard James struck 76

in Arundel’s innings of 198-9. Eight of the wickets fell to Struan Cameron who took 8-59. Heather’s 103 not out along with 66 not out from Will Gubbins took Stirlands into 4th spot.

Pagham overcame Wisborough Green to claim their first win of the season and lift themselves off the foot of the table. In a low scoring contest they passed Green’s 138 with 3 wickets in hand.

Littlehampton replaced them at the bottom after losing by 4 wickets at Slinfold. Their 156 owed much to 51 from Mike Askew but were pegged back by Harrison Webb taking 4-45. Hayden McIntyre hit 52 to take Slinfold to their second win in succession.