ROFFEY’S vice captain Simon Shivnarain believes picking up as many points as possible from defeats will be the key to surviving the Premier League this season.
The newly promoted side came close to a shock win at three-time champions Preston Nomads on Saturday and but for a superb century from Sussex pro Joe Gatting would probably have done so.
“We gave it a real go but eventually got beaten, but we’ve come away with nine points and taking points at places like that can be the difference between staying up and going down,” Shivnarain said.
“That’s the highest score anybody’s got against them so far so while we’re gutted to lose we have to be satisfied with that at least.”
Roffey skipper Mike Norris scored 54 as they set hosts Nomads a target of 189 to win.
After lunch overseas Australian fast bowler Andrew McGorian was in devastating form, continuing his fine start to the campaign with six Nomads wickets, but Gatting, with 112 from just 91 balls proved the match winner.
Shivnarain continued: “Joe Gatting is an awesome cricketer, he’s a pro for a reason and take him out of that side and we probably would have beaten them. His 100 was chanceless.
“Macca (McGorian) bowled very well at a decent pace and showed he can bowl against any side and rip out their top order. For someone so young he’s a very clever bowler.”
Still Nomads took nine points from the defeat and have now won one, drawn one and lost two of their opening league games of the season.
On Sunday Josh Fleming’s 96 not out helped Roffey to victory at Blackheath in the ECB Cricket National Cup while Horsham were also victorious, beating Bexhill by seven wickets. Skipper Craig Gallagher hit 111 runs and Dev Endersby was 58 not out.
Billingshurst’s defeat to Spencer means that Horsham and Roffey are the only two Sussex League sides left in the competition. Horsham will play away at Tunbridge Wells and Roffey will take on either Wimbledon or Teddington at home on June 19.