Horsham have closed the gap behind Preston Nomads to just 18 points following their 34 run win at Hastings whilst Nomads were held to a draw in an exciting finish at Roffey.
Cuckfield trounced Chichester by 100 runs to move into the top three places with Three Bridges moving clear of the bottom placings with a last ball victory at Worthing.
Brighton and Hove stay bottom but were boosted by Sussex players Luke Wells and Michael Rippon to win at East Grinstead. Only 20 points separate the bottom seven clubs.
It was a sad day at Hastings following the death of club stalwart Dick Morgan on Friday and the teams stood for a minute’s silence prior to the start, a prelude to Horsham making 234 of which James Johnson made 57, Sam Attfield 54 and Sam Bell 44.
Sussex Academy left arm spinner Elliott Hooper took 6-80 in 24 overs.
Hastings were then dismissed for 200 of which David Lowery top scored with 38 and Adam Maharaj-Newman made 34. Paceman Stuart Whittingham took 4-36 and the League’s leading wicket taker, leg spinner Michael Munday, grabbed 6-81.
Roffey were bowled out for 220 after winning the toss at home to leaders Preston Nomads with Josh Fleming making 69 and Rohit Jagota 60 as Carl Simon and Kashif Inrahim shared 9 wickets between them.
In reply Nomads finished at 216 for nine having needed a six to win off the last ball with only one wicket remaining. Rob Wakeford made 43, Angus Stewart 41 and Jeremy Green 39. For the home side George Fleming took 8-103!
Cuckfield were put in by Chuichester and recovered from 2 for two to reach 255 for five declared of which Tom Cummins made 76 , Jason Oates 56 and Chris Mole 44 not out. Ashton Turner took 3-115.
Chichester then tumbled to 155 all out with Kesh Maharaj taking 4-28.
Luke Wells and Michael Rippon starred with the bat for Brighton and Hove in their narrow one wicket win at East Grinstead but fellow pro Lewis Hatchett made things tough for the visitors as he made 102 in a Grinstead score of 221 all out. Chris Atherton took 4-59 and Jordan Shaw 3-24.
Rippon was 69 not out and Wells made 69 in a winning score of 224 for nine while Hatchett grabbed 4-48 when given the ball.
Three Bridges enjoyed a spectacular last ball victory at Worthing to move away from the bottom of the table. Batting first Bridges made 226 for five declared with 76 from Brad Gayler, 47 from Richard Webber and 45 from James Chadburn.
Worthing reached 162 all out with skipper Darryl Rebetts top scorer, he made 51 as Victor Davies grabbed 4-38 including bowling Harry Dunn, Worthing’s last man, with the very last possible delivery. Abe Sakande weighed in with 3-33.