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Worthing relegation battle worsens

Only one game in the Sussex Premier League was completed at the weekend as heavy rain throughout the county severely disrupted the schedule after weeks of non-stop sunshine.

East Grinstead ran out easy winners against Worthing whose battle against relegation took another knock.

They raced to 241 for seven declared at home to Worthing with 95 from Tim Davey and 67 from Sussex Academy prospect Ollie Graham as Matt Green proved the most successful Worthing bowler, taking 4-43.

The visitors were then dismissed for 182 of which Michael Gould hit 66 and Ian Gooding 44. Graham grabbed 4-31 and Sam Jewiss 3-27.

East Grinstead are now hot on the heels of Horsham and Hastings behind runaway leaders Preston Nomads who head Horsham by 60 points.

Nomads looked on course to beat Three Bridges when the rains brought things to a halt. Bridges, batting first, were dismissed for 188 of which James Chadburn made 46 and skipper Danny Alderman 44 not out as leg-spinner Patrick Spencer took 6-49 in 19 overs and Owen Kernan took 3-29.

Nomads stood at 66 for one when the game was called off.

Harry Finch was the only century maker of the days as he hit 121 for Hastings, including 19 fours, as his side declared at 260 for six from 55 overs at home to Cuckfield. For whom Kesh Maharaj took 3-71 and Harry Clark 3-54.

Cuckfield reached 120 for two from 34.3 overs with 70 from Oliver Altenhof and 31 from Greg Wisdom, Elliot Hooper taking 2-19.

The relegation battle at Brighton and Hove where Chichester were the visitors also ended in stalemate. Brighton made 194 for eight declared and Chichester were stranded at 18 without loss.

In the Brighton innings James Stedman took 3-62 and Matt Geffen 3-47.

Horsham were in a strong position against Roffey who had made 92 for three in reply to Horhsam's 251 for three declared when the rains came.

For Horsham skipper Graig Gallagher hit 100 and Will Beer 90.


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