Gatting ton powers Nomads through
Preston Nomads crushed their opposition in the Sussex Premier League finals day to move into the national stages of the Cockspur Club Twenty20.
Hastings Priory, currently seventh in the Premier Division, defeated Haywards Heath in the first semi-final thanks to a fine 80 not out from captain Jason Finch.
The Nomads, enjoying a fantastic season and already 60 points clear in the Premier Division, saw off the challenge of Stirlands by 39 runs in the second semi.
In the final the Nomads rattled up 211 for six thanks to a fantastic 70-ball century from Sussex’s Joe Gatting. A gutsy reply from Hastings Priory was ended in the final over as they were bowled out for 160 with one ball remaining.
Nomads go on to represent Sussex in the national stages of the competition and will face the champions of the East Anglian and Home Counties Premier Leagues at High Wycombe on Sunday August 30.
Sussex Premier League semi-finals:
Haywards Heath 141-7 (Tom Dowdall 35, Jack Simpson 31), Hastings Priory 143-7 Jason Finch 80*, Ollie Harris 3/18); Preston Nomads 169-4 (Joe Gatting 85), Stirlands 130 all out
Preston Nomads 211-6 (Joe Gatting 100), Hastings Priory 160 all out (Max Finzel 41)
Meanwhile, Sully Centurions have qualified from South Wales to qualify for the area final stage where they will meet Mochdre CC of North Wales and Bournemouth CC of the Southern Electric Premier League at Usk CC on Sunday August 30.