Horsham rain in league leaders with Eastbourne win

The Saturday downpour played further havoc with matches in the Sussex League but did allow Horsham to steal a march on their title rivals with a home win against Eastbourne.

Eastbourne’s relegation worries increased as Bexhill enjoyed a five-wicket win against Brighton and Hove, who have now joined the clubs with worries at the bottom of the table.

Preston Nomads, Hastings and Roffey all suffered from having their matches abandoned without a ball being bowled.

At Horsham Sussex players Ben Brown and Luke Wells played for bottom club Eastbourne but it was Navid Arif Goldal who impressed with bat and ball for victorious Horsham.

Eastbourne were restricted to 160-8 declared from 58 overs with Calum Jackson making 42 and sharing a face-saving fifth wicket stand of 67 with Matt Green (25).

Naved Arif took 3-30 and there were two wickets each for Devon Endersby and Owain Jones.

Horsham won with some comfort at 164-5 from 33 overs as John Burroughs made 51 and Naved Arif hit50. For Eastbourne Richard Smith took 2-22.

Chichester are anything but consistent but a 77-run win at East Grinstead has kept them in touch with the group at the top, they now lie fourth.

In Division Two Pulborough’s match at St James’s was adandoned due to rain with visiting Pulborough in a very strong position.

Boro made 181-7 declared in 38 overs in a match reduced in length with 78 from Sachin Chaudury and 67 from Rohit Jagota, for the home side Michael Murray took 4-42.

When rain finally ended play St.James’s were struggling at 58-5 with Kuldeep Rawat taking 3-19.

Three Bridges remain top despite the abandonment of their game against bottom club Sidley but Goring have moved into second place after an impressive win at Cuckfield.

Haywards Heath won for the second week in succession with a big margin of 121 runs at Ifield who lie fourth.

Glynde’s match at Findon was abandoned with the hosts 107-3 in reply to Glynde’s 232-2 declared.

In Division 3 West there was little change with only one definite result.

Middleton and Bognor were able to play out a 20/20 which saw visiting Bognor extend their lead at the top by a further six points with an 18-run win.

One player on either side dominated the game at Slinfold where the rain put paid to a potentially tight finish.

Slinfold were 146, of which 91 came from the bat of Hayden McIntyre. Matt Treverna however took an amazing 9-45 but Wisborough Green’s reply was eventually curtailed at 101-7.

Littlehampton’s game against Arundel was abandoned at tea, while only eight overs were possible at Steyning and none whatsoever at Pagham.

Henfield did however complete their match away at Lindfield in Division 3 East, and managed to return with a comfortable win.

Henfield’s 180 proved far too many for Lindfield, who could only muster 97 in reply and prop up the rest of the division.