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Horsham ahead by one point

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Richard Logan in Sussex surprise

It seems like a long time since a team other than Preston Nomads were top of the Sussex Premier League.

But this week former champions Horsham lead by just a point from East Grinstead with Nomads two points further adrift with all three posting two wins from three games.

Horsham made 251 all out at Brighton and Hove as Craig Gallagher hit 57, Devon Endersby 57 and Will Beer 46. For the home side Guy Williamson took 3-61 and Charlie Atherton 3-55.

Brighton were then dismissed for 190 of which Luke Wells made a fine 72 but he lacked support as off-spinner Luke Marshall took 6-66 to give his side maximum points.

East Grinstead skipper Will Adkin led his side to 277 for five declared at Hastings with a fine 106. He was well supported by his brother James, who made 49. Tim Wilson hit 42 and Lewis Hatchett 43 not out.

The pick of the Hastings bowlers was left-arm spinner Mick Glazier who took 3-96. Hastings were then dismissed for 173 of which Richard Young top scored with 46, John Morgan made 33 and Tim Eldridge 30.

Craig Fowle grabbed 6-46 and Will Adkin completed a good day personally by finishing with 3-49.

The top two clubs meet at Horsham next Saturday.

Preston Nomads enjoyed a comfortable home win against Three Bridges after dismissing their visitors for 148. Teenager Joe Cooke was top scorer with 38 as Carl Simon took 4-39.

In reply Nomads raced to 151 for two from just 29.1 overs as Michael Gould made 59, Rob Wakeford 29 not out, Jeremy Green 25 not out and Stuart Faith 26.

The surprise result of the day came at Chichester where the home side trounced Eastbourne by 146 runs after being put in and dismissed for a relatively low 206 in 52.1 overs.

In that score David Leaver hit 74 and Chris Kirkham 41 while, for Eastbourne, South African Jaco Nel took 3-45.

But then pacemen Richard Logan and Daniel Joseph bowled unchanged and each took 5-27 as Eastbourne crumbled to 60 all out.

The Eastbourne side lacked county pros Ollie Rayner, Rageb Aga and James Kirtley, all of whom played in the previous week's games but their batting crumbled against an incisive and accurate home attack.

The match featuring the bottom two was at Bexhill where Cuckfield were the visitors, both sides going into the game without a win. It was Cuckfield who broke their deadlock with a two wicket win to leave newly promoted Bexhill in the basement.

Bexhill were dismissed for 155 as Nick Patterson grabbed 5-63, Richard May with 57 was top scorer.

Cuckfield also found runs hard to come by but eventually won at 156 for 8 with Kamran Mirza making top score of 36 not out. For Bexhill David Lowery took 4-55 and Chris Topp 4-67.