Horsham build pressure at top

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A surprise defeat for the 2011 Sussex Premier League champions Hastings meant they were leapfrogged into second place by Horsham who won a tight game by three wickets in the last scheduled over against Worthing.

League leaders Preston Nomads were frustrated by a waterlogged ground at Roffey and their game was called off on Saturday with a five point lead at the top of the table while a seven wicket win by East Grinstead worsened the relegation worries of Eastbourne who are now 36 points adrift at the bottom.

Bexhill put Hastings in at The Polegrove and disciplined bowling was matched by some impatient batting and it was only a chanceless 98 not out from skipper George Campbell that took Hastings to 202 all out in 58 overs.

For the home side teenage off spinner Jamie Bristow-Diamond continued his recent run of form with 4-45 and there were two wickets each for Malcolm Johnson and Callum Guest.

It was Johnson who led his side from the front with the bat as he made 88 and with Aussie wicketkeeper Andrew Harriott hitting 68 not out Bexhill won by seven wickets with six overs to spare.

Sixteen year-old Elliot Hooper took 2-53 as the pick of the visiting bowlers.

Worthing batted first at Horsham and were dismissed for 184 with 62 from skipper Darryl Rebbetts and 53 from Benn Challen.

For Horsham Michael Munday took 4-43 with his leg spin and Rob Wolley grabbed 3-35.

Will Beer

Will Beer in form for Horsham

Youngsters Will Beer and Devon Endersby were the men in form with the bat for Horsham who eased to a three wicket victory at 188 for seven in the final scheduled over.

Beer hit 53 and Endersby 50 for the winners who are now just five pionts behind Preston Nomads at the top of the table.

Chichester were put in at Brighton and Hove and sent tumbling to just 87 all out as Matt Wood took 4-25 and Michael Rippon 3-18.

Rippon then hit 41 not out to steer the home side to victory at 88 for three in 27 overs.

Eastbourne suffered their sixth defeat of the season when going down by seven wickets at East Grinstead who moved 17 points clear of the relegation places with their fifth win of the campaign.

Jamie Goddard with 44 not out and Tom Johnson, who made 33 led the rungetters as Craig Fowle bowled with typical accuracy to take 5-40.

Although Grinstead lost three wickets fairly quickly they were taken to victory at 188 for three with an unfinished century stand for the fourth wickets between Toby Margetts (61 not out) and Aussie Danny Irvine (57 not out.)