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Cuckfield make Nomads suffer

Rags to riches side Cuckfield, newly promoted in 2013, are the early leaders of the Sussex Premier League after beating last years champions Preston Nomads by 39 runs at home.

Nomads are taking time to find their form, slipping surprisingly to defeats in their opening two fixtures.

Cuckfield were dismissed for 162 after being put in as Marc Gardner hit top score of 78 and Keshav Maharaj made 30, Carl Simon taking 5-67 and Owen Kernan 3-55.

In reply Nomads tumbled to 123 all out despite 31 from opener Angus Stewart. For Cuckfield Nick Paterson took 4-30 and there were two wickets each for Maharaj and Francis Wynter.

There was a tight finish at Worthing where Brighton and Hove finished 11 short of victory with nine wickets down.

Worthing started badly after winning the toss and were, at one stage nine for four but 99 not out from skipper Darryl Rebbetts took them to 188 all out. He received good support from Alex Harris who made 43 as Brighton skipper Matt Wood took 4-44.

In reply Chris Atherton made 75 in a Brighton total of 178 for nine while John Glover, for Worthing, took 4-66.

Will Adkin, released by Sussex at the end of last season, played a fine innings of 80 for East Grinstead before being one of two victims for Horsham leg-spinner Michael Munday ahead of a rain abandonment at Saint Hill.

Grinstead reached 134 for three from 34 overs.

Munday, the League’s leading wicket taker last season, took 2-34 in 9 overs.

There was a similar tale for Three Bridges at Chichester where skipper Danny Alderman hit 59 in a Bridges total of 208 for eight declared as James Stedman took 3-18 and Matt Geffen 3-56.

Chichester had reached 21 without loss when the rain halted proceedings.

Hastings had made 127 for four at Roffey from 31.2 overs when their game also fell victim to the rain.

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