T20 fixtures rescheduled after another wet weekend

The semi-finals of the Gray-Nicholls T20 Cup have been rearranged for next Sunday after another wet weekend again decimated the local cricketing calendar.

Both Horsham’s semi at home against Three Bridges and Preston Nomads against Bexhill were cancelled on Sunday and rescheduled for the following Sunday (July 22).

The 2nd XI quarter-finals were also cancelled and rescheduled for next Sunday, with Billingshurst II hosting Worthing II (12 noon), Roffey II going to Chichester II (3pm) and Eastbourne II entertaining Three Bridges and in all of the matches a decision must be reached on the day.

Saturday proved to be one of the worst ever days for abandoned games in the Sussex League with play possible in only four games throughout the 40 1st and 2nd XI games.

A result was achieved in just one match, the Premier League game between relegation candidates Eastbourne and Bexhill, where a seven-wick haul from former England paceman Ed Giddins guided Eastbourne to victory by 133 runs.

There was play at Hastings, who, inserted into bat by Horsham reached 227-6 from 46 overs, Kirk Wernars with 87 not out, before the game was abandoned. Michael Munday took 5-71 for visiting Horsham.

A start was also possible at Brighton and Hove, where visitors East Grinstead were in trouble at 21-3 when rain brought an end to the game.

Roffey were due to travel down to seasiders Worthing but for the second week running saw their game cancelled without a ball played.

In the Sussex Invitation League, 41 out of the 42 fixtures were cancelled. The only game which saw some play was between Portslade III and Felbridge & Sunnyside III, with Portslade III making 176-7 before the contest was abandoned.