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Forest Row pull hard to escape drop

Forest Row won their final game of the season to seal their escape from the threat of relegation in the H J Stoner Mid-Sussex Cricket League first division.

Having been in the bottom three all season, the Chapel Lane side beat Poynings by six wickets for a maximum points haul to ensure they would finish above the drop zone.

Tom Brookes took 3-22 as Poynings were dismissed for 134 and then hit 39 to steer his side to 137 for four.

1st XI team-mate Paul Rowe said: "They were great end of season games. We've been in the bottom three all year, but got ourselves back in the hunt to stay up.

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"We had to win our last game to have any chance of staying up. We beat Poynings to get 30 points; other teams won as well but Palmers, who are probably one of the nicest teams we have played against, went down.

"Poynings played the game in the right way, a really friendly game. Well done to all the lads at Forest Row - a great effort to stay up!"

Horsted Keynes also managed to get out of trouble with a gutsy victory over Streat & Westmeston, who had finished runners up to champions St Francis; leaving Palmers and Colemans Hatch facing the drop to Division Two with Ashdown Forest.