Roffey reclaim top spot as Nomads loss sets up a thrilling season climax

Leigh Harrison claimed 5-39 as Roffey bowled out Bexhill for 100 on Saturday
Leigh Harrison claimed 5-39 as Roffey bowled out Bexhill for 100 on Saturday
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Roffey reclaimed top spot in the Premier Division to put themselves in control of the title race after a dream Saturday.

They completed a 73-run win away at Bexhill as they posted 173 and bowled out their hosts for just 100.

But the best news for title chasers came from the North Ground where Eastbourne completed a shock ten-run victory over Preston Nomads.

The results saw Roffey take over again at the summit and enjoy a narrow three-point lead over Nomads, with their fate very much in their own hands.

Even more crucial is with two Saturdays left to go, Roffey have a game in hand over everyone else with the Sussex Development side left to play this Sunday.

They host Horsham on Saturday before the Sussex side, and then head to what is likely to be a title showdown at Preston Nomads next weekend.

Roffey, however, could clinch their first-ever Premier Division title this weekend if the results go their way.

Two maximum-point victories would see them take an unassailable lead over Nomads no mater what their result is.

Roffey captain Josh Fleming said: “We are in pole position and know the title is in our hands to win, but then again we have the hardest run-in.

“Horsham are always a good side, Preston Nomads are the title holders and the Sussex Development team are strong too.

“So whether or not we are favourites is difficult to call. All we can try to do is to try to get maximum points in every game.”

Full report in this week’s paper.