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Preston Nomads go top

Last year’s Champions Preston Nomads top the Sussex Premier League after four games ahead of Cuckfield and East Grinstead following a three wicket win at Three Bridges.

Cuckfield were heavily beaten at home to Hastings, who won for the first time this season, while East Grinstead enjoyed a massive margin in winning by 225 runs at Worthing.

Horsham are within five points of the leaders, who they meet at Fulking next Saturday. They won by nine wickets at Roffey while Chichester moved off the bottom with a five-wicket win at home to Brighton and Hove.

Three Bridges were bowled out for 169 after being put in by Preston Nomads; but it could have been much worse as they were, at one stage, 22 for six.

But Sohail Khan with 70 and Danny Alderman, who made 45,improved the situation as Carl Simon took 4-60 and Owen Kernan 3-17.

Nomads’ skipper Jeremy Green then made 66 not out to steer his side to a three-wicket win at 171 for seven as Mike Rose took 4-38 and Victor Davies 2-47.

East Grinstead rattled up 334 for five declared at Worthing after being put in to bat. Australian newcomer Tim Davey hit 187 from 164 balls including six sixes, and Sussex Academy youngster Fyn Hudson-Prentice made 51.Will Beer

Worthing then tumbled to 109 all out with Alex Harris making top score of 43 while, for Grinstead, Lewis Hatchett grabbed 3-45.

Hastings owed much to Sussex youngster Harry Finch for their total of 208 for four declared at Cuckfield. Finch hit 116 and Jake Woolley made 40. Cuckfield saw Kevlav Maharah hit 55 and Jason Oates 58 but it was not enough and they were dismissed for 166 as veteran pace bowler John Morgan took 5-37.

Horsham made short work of near neighbours Roffey, who they bowled out for just 145 as Michael Munday took 6-32; Craig Williams with 28 was top scorer for the home side. Horsham then cruised to 146 for one with 81 not out from Will Beer (pictured right) and 57 not out from Ben Shoare.

Scores were low at Chichester where the home side moved off the bottom of the table with their first win of the season. Brighton and Hove were dismissed for 154 with Tim Jarvis hitting 71 as Aussie Ashton Turner took 3-56 and Matt Geffen 2-32.

Chichester then reached 157 for five to earn full points with 68 not out from Turner and 41 from Chris Kirkham, Sussex Academy youngster Sam Grant took 3-19 on his Brighton debut.

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