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Champions Nomads edged out in opener

There was a nail-biting finish to the game at Preston Nomads which saw last year’s Sussex Premier League champions lose by three wickets to Worthing with a ball to spare.

Nomads were put in and made 238 for nine declared as Joe Gatting hit 74, Patrick Spencer made 48 not out and Rob Wakeford 45 while Matt Machan took 3-45.

In reply Worthing reached 224 for one with three overs left before panic set in. They lost a further six wickets before Ian Gooding made the winning hit with a ball to spare.

Machan hit 84, Michael Gould 67 and Matt Green 66 for Worthing as Patrick Spencer took 3-54.

There was a low scoring game between the two newly promoted clubs as Cuckfield beat Three Bridges by two wickets.

Bridges reached just 133 all out in 33 overs with South African newcomer Keshav Maharaj taking 4-26 and Nick Patterson 4-51, the top score was 24 extras!

In reply Cuckfield, too, found runs hard to come by but eventually won the game at 134 for eight as Oliver Altenhof made top score of 33. For Bridges, New Zealand newcomer Victor Davies took 5-57 in an unchanged spell of 19 overs.

The game at Brighton and Hove, where Roffey were the visitors, suffered from rain interruptions as the home side were forced to close at 152 for nine from 49 overs. In that total Tim Jarvis made 52 with Rohit Jagota taking 4-17.

It took Roffey 42 overs to win by two wickets at 153 for eight with Matt Davies their top scorer. He made 39 as Chris Atherton grabbed 3-42 for Brighton.

Horsham won by 103 runs at home to Chichester after being dismissed for 189 having won the toss.

Ben Shoare hit 70 and Sam Attfield 37 to set the target, new Chichester skipper Richard Browning took 6-37.

Chichester them tumbled to 86 all out as the Horsham leg-spinners shared nine wickets between them. Will Beer took 5-25 and Michael Munday 4-13.

Rain prevented any play at Hastings where East Grinstead were the visitors.


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