Sussex Cricket League round up

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PULBOROUGH pulled off the shock result of the week by beating champions Preston Nomads in the Sussex Premier League.

The dramatic one wicket win was Pulborough’s second in a row, while elsewhere Horsham moved into second spot with a 65 run defeat of East Grinstead.

High flying Roffey, playing in the National Cup last sixteen next weekend, enjoyed a 67 run home win against leaders Hastings who stay top despite their defeat as Preston Nomads were beaten in a nailbiter at home to Pulborough.

Skipper Michael Norris hit 100, Josh Fleming 51 and George Fleming 47 not out to take Roffey to 256 for 5 declared after being put in by Hastings on a very wet pitch.

John Morgan took 3 for 40 and Josh Poysden 2 for 65 for the visitors.

But the match winner for Roffey was left-arm spinner Luke Barnard who took 7 for 54 in 14 overs to dismiss Hastings for 189.

In that total David Draper hit 49, Max Finzel 42 and Jason Finch 40.

There was excitement at Fulking after Preston Nomads had made 225 for 4 declared after being put in by Boro.

In that total Jeremy Green made 92 not out and Rob Wakeford 58 as Harwit Baidwan took 3 for 68.

Skipper Rohit Jagota then led his Pulborough side home at 226 for 9 with 110 not out. He batted through and then hit a six to win the game off the penultimate scheduled delivery having been dropped an over earlier.

Jagota hit 14 fours and four sixes while Simon took his season’s League wickets to 47 with figures of 6 for 83 and Stephen Rigg grabbed 3 for 65.

Horsham have moved into second place following their 65 run home win against East Grinstead.

The home side were put in and made 199 for 9 declared of which skipper Craig Gallagher hit 60 not out and James Johnson made 43.

Craig Fowle took 3 for 77 and there were two wickets each for Ian Sturmer and Duncan Shoebridge.

East Grinstead were then bowled out for 134 as former Somerset leg-spinner Michael Munday took 5 for 39 and New Zealander Matt Henry 3 for 20.

Matt Sugg made 43 and Will Adkin 36 for the visitors.

Eastbourne’s miserable season continued with a home defeat by 35 runs at the hands of Three Bridges.

Bridges made 199 all out after being put in as Stuart Pulford took 5 for 54, Ed Giddins and Mark Tomsett took two wickets each.

For Bridges Chad Barrett was top scorer, he made 74, and acting skipper Mark Church 33.

Eastbourne then tumbled to 164 all out with Josh Presland making 41 and Dan Wells 32.

For Bridges Hisam-ul-Haq took three wickets and there were two each for Abi Sikande and Chad Barrett.

Having looked odds on for promotion from Division 3 West just two weeks ago Findon have suffered two successive defeats; the latest at Bognor where they found themselves 7-6 after just seven overs with Graham Bush having claimed all six.

Bush finished with 7-43 and Findon were shot out for 66. Graham Manser took 4-30 when Bognor batted but their 5 wicket win closed the gap between the two to 33 points. Middleton also claimed 30 points to retain third position after a three wicket win at home to Henfield. Jamie Thompson’s 7-43 decimated Henfield who reached 148 which Middleton passed despite Tony Brunoli’s 4-37.

Billingshurst made most of the running in their game with Steyning posting 215-7 declared.

Scott Stratton made 62 of these but in reply Steyning hung on for a draw at 175-9.

Slinfold beat Littlehampton by 5 wickets. Fifties from Matt Yates 64 and Guy Thorne 58 saw that Littlehampton’s 186-8 was not enough.

Pagham however finally chalked up their first win of 2011 in dramatic circumstances. Their 145 proving to be just enough to beat Arundel – by two runs.