Invitation League: Division 1 round-up

East Preston CC v Horsham Trinity
East Preston CC v Horsham Trinity

Things seem to be taking shape at last in Division 1 of the West Sussex Invitation League as the halfway stage of the season is approached.

Broadwater won their first game in a month at Ram. After the Worthing side set their hosts 186 to win, the Crawley side subsided to 152 all out with no batsman on either side making 50.

East Preston CC v Horsham Trinity SUS-150622-085033002

East Preston CC v Horsham Trinity SUS-150622-085033002

Broadwater picked up 30 points and are now joint top with West Chilt & Thakeham who defeated previous holders Arundel at home.

The visitors batted first and reached 203-9 off the full 49 overs.

Arundel’s Kieran Hornsby top scored with 51 and the in-form Mick Armstrong took 4-51 for the hosts.

Chilt knocked off the runs in the 40th over with another in-form player James Howgate making an unbeaten 61 off 52 balls.

In a congested top of the table, Arundel are just one point behind the joint leaders in third. Broadwater have played a game more and sit out next weekend.

West Chilt’s returning opening bat Tim Jarvis said: “After Littlehampton next week, we’ll have played everyone and clearly most sides remain capable of beating each other.

“Every side has its Achilles heal whether it’s batting or bowling so we just need to keep this recent form going and see where we get to.”

At the bottom, Horsham Trinity collected seven points in a losing draw at East Preston.

EP made 256-6 batting first with Jack Sutherland making another half century and Tim Miles left stranded on 97 not out when captain Gary Weedon declared after 47 overs. Trinity’s Tim Street took 3-10.

Despite making 166 runs for the first two wickets, the visitors were 50 runs short with seven wickets down when they ran out of overs.

Captain Andy Petch made 56.

Littlehampton defeated Pulborough and improving Felbridge won at St Andrews.