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Last year’s League champions Hastings have moved to the top of the Sussex Premier League following a second victory in successive weeks while previous leaders Horsham lost at home to Preston Nomads.

It was a low scoring game at East Grinstead as Hastings won by four wickets to move to the top of the table.

The home side were dismissed for just 138 with Toby Margetts and Will Adkin both making 36 as Hastings spinners Josh Poysden and Mick Glazier were among the wickets.

Hastings Matt Machan

Matt Machan led charge with 47

Poysden took 4-30 and Glazier 4-22 before Matt Machan led the Hastings victory charge with 47 in a winning total of 139 for six, Adam Maharaj-Newman made 30 as Will Adkin took 3-21.

Preston Nomads were dismissed for 178 at Horsham despite well nigh perfect batting conditions.

It could have been a lot worse but for a ninth wicket stand of 66 between Carl Simon (41 not out) and Kashif Ibrahim(24).

For the home side Matt Barry took 4-46 and Michael Munday 3-60.

In reply Horsham started well with Will Beer hitting 33 and Devon Endersby 37 but then Carl Simon, now in his 8th season over from Antigua, got to work and took 5-60.

With Ian Simpson taking 3-20 Horsham tumbled to 127 all out to lose by 51 runs.

Roffey enjoyed the most decisive win of the day in a nine wicket home success against Chichester.

Mark Bamford and Steve Sedgeley each made 42 to take the visitors to 190 all out as Abdul Khan took 3-33 and Matt Davies 3-7.

In reply George Fleming cracked 76 not out and Theo Rivers 74 not out to take their side home at 191 for one.

There were runs galore at Brighton and Hove in a high scoring draw against bottom club Eastbourne.

Sussex player Chris Liddle cracked 209 not out and Michael Rippon made 39 in a massive 345 for four declared for the home side.

Chris Liddle

Liddle cracks unbeaten 209

But then Luke Wells, left out of the Sussex side against Notts, hit 169 and Mark Tomsett made 65 to help the visitors to 318 for eight at stumps, Matt Wood taking 5-54.

Bexhill won for the first time since being promoted last season when edging our fellow promoted club Worthing by five wickets at The Polegrove.

Worthing set a target of 229 for nine declared having won the toss with 5 from Darryl Rebbetts, 48 from Stuart Carter and 41 from Benn Challen. Calum Guest, with 4-55, was the pick of the Bexhill bowlers.

But the Bexhill batting settled well as they won the game at 226 for five with 74 from Aussie Anderew Harriott,55 from Ste Bedes schoolboy Guest and 54 from skipper Malcolm Johnson.

Luke Vinter had the best bowling figures, finishing with 3-56.