It is looking like a two horse race in the Sussex Premier League between last years’ Champions Preston Nomads and rivals Horsham for this year’s title.
Nomads enjoyed their seventh win this season in ten scheduled games on Saturday with some comfort at Worthing but Horsham suffered something of a shock defeat at Chichester while wins for Cuckfield, Roffey and Hastings helped them to move clear of the relegation zone.
Preston Nomads kept the Worthing batting in check with spinners Patrick Spencer and Kashif Ibrahim each taking three wickets while, for Worthing, Malcolm Lake hit 58 and Ian Gooding 59 in a total of 233 for eight declared.
Nomads found the task relatively easy and took their score to 234 for four with four overs to spare as Patrick Spencer hit 52 not out, Rob Wakeford 50 and skipper Jeremy Green 39 not out.
There were runs galore at Chichester where visitors Horsham set a tough target of 270 for eight declared of which Will Williams hit 87 and Sam Attfield 37, Matt Geffen was the pick of the bowlers, he took 4-87.
But Chichester set about their task with gusto and won the game at 274 for seven with 77 from Chris Kirkham and 62 from Ashton Turner, Michael Munday, for Horsham took 6-81.
Cuckfield were bowled out for 221 at home to Three Bridges with 50 from Tom Cummins and 65 from South African Kesh Maharaj.
Youngsters Abi Sakande (4-30) and George Garton (3-26) were the pick of the Bridges bowlers.
But the visitors’ batting collapsed to 150 all out despite 46 from Conor Golding as Kesh Maharaj grabbed 5-53 and James Thorp 2-35.
Hastings enjoyed their fourth win of the campaign with a narrow two wicket margin at East Grinstead who they dismissed for 192 in 53 overs.
Elliott Hooper was again the pick of the Hastings bowlers as he took 4-51.
Aussie David Lowery then hit 90 to steer Hastings home at 195 for eight, Ollie Graham taking 4-77.
Brighton and Hove remain bottom of the tables following a six wicket defeat at Roffey.
Skipper Matt Wood with 47 not out helped Brighton to the relative respectability of 202 for nine declared, Rohit Jagota took 3-36. Roffey made light work of their task as they raced to 203 for four from 39.1 overs, Jagota completed a good day personally with a top score of 49.