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Sussex's talented youngsters Kirk Wernars, Luke Wells, Joe Gatting, Will Adkin and Will Beer all turned in match winning performances for their clubs in the latest round of Sussex Premier League games.

For the second week in a row, Wernars helped Hastings Priory continue their lead of the Sussex Premier League with another victory, their fifth outright win of the season.

Kirk Wernars

Kirk Wernars hits out for Hastings

Another fine innings from him set up Hastings for a convincing home win against Chichester. The young Sussex all-rounder made 109 not out as Hastings were dismissed for 195.

John Morgan made 38 as Aussie Adam Zampa grabbed 4-78.

Morgan then stepped up with the ball to take 7-38 and with Werners taking 3-16 the visitors crashed to 59 all out.

Preston Nomads, champions for the previous three seasons lie in second place with a five wins while third placed Roffey suffered their first defeat of the season at home to East Grinstead.

Horsham enjoyed a comfortable win at home to Bexhill to consolidate fourth place whilst the battle at the bottom saw Eastbourne win for the first time this season in their away game at Worthing.

Joe Gatting used his day off from county duties to whack a 63 ball century to take Preston Nomads to victory by four wickets at home to Brighton and Hove.

Brighton were bowled out for 198 despite 76 from Craig Young and 31 from Tim Jarvis, Carl Simon taking 5-39.

Joe Gatting

Joe Gatting in the runs

Gatting then hit 106 despite being dropped a costly three times. Rob Wakeford added 35 not out as Chris Liddle and Matt Wood each took two wickets.

Another Sussex youngster proved the match winner for East Grinstead at Roffey.

Will Adkin carried his bat for 86 not out as Grinstead made 176 for six facing a Roffey score of 175 for six declared.

For Roffey Michael Norris made 44 and Christ Plaister 32 as Craig Fowle took 4-62.

Adkin was dropped twice early in his innings but played a mature innings to see his side home despite drizzle and poor light for much of the time.

Andy McGorian and Stuart Whittingham each took two wickets for the home side.

Bexhill are finding life in the Premier League a tough battle after their promotion last year.

Luke Wells

Luke Wells helps Eastbourne to win with 130

At Horsham they were dismissed for 138 despite 31 from skipper Malcolm Johnson and 26 from Tom Powell. Two leg spinners did the damage, Michael Munday taking 3-39 and Will Beer 2-21.

In reply Horsham cruised to 142 for two in just 25 overs as James Johnson made 60 not out and John Burroughs 40.

The Sussex success story continued as Luke Wells made 130 for Eastbourne at Worthing to take his side to their first win of the season.

Eastbourne looked in trouble at 30 for three but Aaron Mullins (55) joined Wells to rebuild the innings, Luke Vinter took 3-55 for Worthing.

Worthing then tumbled to 112 all out as Ed Giddins took 4-28.