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Cuckfield razed but stay top

Cuckfield remain top of the Sussex Premier League despite a heavy defeat at Brighton and Hove on Saturday.

Worthing are second following a narrow three run win at Hastings ahead of last year’s champions Preston Nomads who enjoyed their first win on 2013 by six wickets at Chichester.

Brighton and Hove rattled up 242 for six at home to Cuckfield with 62 from Michael Rippon, 50 from Martyn Ford, 48 from Chris Atherton and 41 from Chris Grammer as Keshav Maharaj grabbed 3-68 for the visitors.

But Cuckfield then collapsed to 50 all out as Matt Wood took 5-23 and the in form Atherton 5-19.

There was real drama at Hastings where Worthing won a relatively low scoring game by just three runs after deciding to bat first and being dismissed for 156 of which skipper Darryl Rebbetts made top score of 37 as John Morgan took 3-13 and Freddie Hulbert 3-50.

The Worthing bowling hero was 17 year-old left arm spinner Harry Dunn. He took 5-17 in ten overs on his first team debut, grabbing three wickets with his first seven balls!

Hastings needed four to win with two wickets standing but Luke Vinter took two wickets in four balls to win the game for his side with the home slub 153 all out.Top scorer was Sussex Academy youngster Elliott Hooper with 31.

Chichester were bowled out for 211 at Preston Nomads with 91 from Chris Kirkham and 34 from Andrew Turner as Patrick Spencer took 5-82 from 19.5 overs.

Angus Stewart then hit 102 not out to lead Nomads to a six wicket victory at 212 for four. Jason Robinson made 31 and David Smith 30.

Roffey decided to bat first at East Grinstead and were dismissed for 143 of which Rohit Jagota made 46 and George Fleming a patient 26. For Grinstead it was spin that did the damage as Bradley Hatchett took 4-39 and Craig Fowle 3-40.

The home side tumbled to 19 for four and then 64 for six before Hatchett completed a great day with 58 not out and James Adkin made 29, For Roffey South African Matt Varner took 4 for 41.

Horsham suffered their first defeat of the season and newly promoted Three Bridges won for the first time in the game at Cricket Field Road.

Three Bridges were put in and bowled out for 184 of which Victor Davies hit 72 and Tom Blandford made 35, for Horsham Stuart Whittingham took 4-44 on his club debut and Will Beer grabbed 3-37.

In reply Horsham were dismissed for 153 with Bermudan teenager Carmen Leverock making 31 and Will Beer 31 as Davies completed a good day personally with 4-28.

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