Preston Nomads have clinched the Sussex Premier League title for the fourth time in six years and Saturday’s results mean they have done it with two games still to play after a five wicket win at home to Hastings on Saturday.
Second place should be between Hastings and East Grinstead, Grinstead winning a low scoring game at Three Bridges by three wickets.
The two relegated clubs are set to come from Worthing, Chichester or Brighton and Hove although Three Bridges and Roffey are still not
On Saturday Nomads bowled out Hastings for just 129 in 48.4 overs with Patrick Spencer taking 6-41 and Carl Simon 3-38, Jake Woolley with 43 was top scorer for the visitors.
Nomads then won the game at 130 for five from 23.4 overs as Joe Gatting hit 61 not out and skipper Jeremy Green made 31.
Horsham enjoyed a seven wicket victory at home to Brighton and Hove who they dismissed for just 140, of which Guy Williamson made 32 and Chris Atherton 20 as Michael Munday’s leg spin brought him 6-36.
In reply Horsham cruised to 141 for three with 56 not out from skipper Craig Gallagher hit 56 not out and Ben Shoare made 40, Atherton taking 2-42.
East Grinstead’s bowlers found the Three Bridges pitch a great ally to bowl out the home side for just 101.
Bradley Gayler was top scorer, he made 42, as Will Adkin took 3-22 and Craig Fowle 3-13.
In reply Grinstead also found runs hard to come by before eventually winning at 105 for seven with Adkin making 39 not out as Victor Davies took 4-36.
The remaining two games were affected by the rain.
Chichester had made 177 for 8 against Roffey with 97 from Mark Bamford as Matt Davies took 3 for 5 but then rain ended proceedings for the day.
At Cuckfield the home side made 225 for four declared with 105 not out from Cameron Borgas and 63 from Oliver Altenhorf. When play ended Worthing had reached 42 for one.