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Horsham defeat gives Nomads strength

Horsham’s chances of closing the gap on Sussex Premier League leaders Preston Nomads were thwarted by a 28 run defeat at home to East Grinstead giving the 2012 Champions a formidable lead of 49 points.

Grinstead made 217 all out with 50 from Ollie Graham and 45 from Will Adkin as Michael Munday took 5-59.

In reply Horsham fell to 189 all out despite 63 from skipper Craig Gallagher. Ian Sturmer and Craig Fowle each took three wickets.

Nomads found runs hard to come by against Cuckfield after deciding to bat first and were forced to battle for recovery from 20 for four.

Angus Stewart then made 52, Kashif Ibrahim 39, Hugh Richards 37 and Patrick Spencer 30 to help them to 203 all out as Kesh Maharaj took 5-54 and James Thorpe 4-36.

Marc Gardner was top scorer for the visitors with 37. Cuckfield were bowled out for 160 as Carl Simon took 4-41 and Patrick Spencer 3-33.

Hastings enjoyed a six wicket home win against Roffey who were held to 184 for nine from 58 overs after deciding to bat.

Matt Davies hit 50 and Michael Norris 43 for the visitors but the bowling heros for Hastings was young spinner Elliot Hooper who took 6-63 in 22 overs, David Lowery grabbed 2-39.

Hastings, too, found runs hard to come by before winning at 185 for four with three balls to spare. Lowery hit 86 and Byron Gould 35 in that “chase” for victory.

Three Bridges pulled well clear of the relegation zone with a 119 run win at home to Chichester after racing to 257 for six declared of which Conor Golding hit 103 not out and James Chadburn made 75.

For the visitors Richard Browning took 4-33 but then his side tumbled to defeat at 138 all out of which Ashton Turner made 31.

For Bridges Ollie Blandford took 3-22 and Michael Rose 2-33.

It was quite close for Brighton and Hove who won by 30 runs at home to Worthing after being dismissed for 237. They have now moved off the bottom and are replaced by Worthing.

In their 237 total, Craig Young made top score of 40 as Luke Vinter took 5-58.

Worthing were then dismissed for 207 with Benn Challen hitting top score of 51 while in form Chris Atherton took 4-36.

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