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Horsham have moved six points clear of Preston Nomads at the top of the Sussex Premier League table after winning by four wickets against their rivals on Saturday.

Third placed Hastings were fortunate to earn a draw against East Grinstead and Chichester have moved into fourth place after beating Roffey by ten wickets.

Eastbourne are in real trouble at the bottom of the table after they took just five points from a draw with Brighton and Hove while Bexhill, who are just above them, hardly helped their cause with a draw at Worthing.

It was a star-studded Horsham side that arrived to take on Preston Nomads at Fulking with county professionals Will Beer, Andy Hodd and Naved Arif Gondal in their ranks against a Nomads side boosted by the inclusion of Joe Gatting.

The home side were put in after losing the toss and held to 228 for seven, probably slightly below par in the conditions.

Naveed Arif Gondal

Naved Arif Gondal takes 2-36 and hits 35 for Horsham

In that total Rob Wakeford hit 75, Joe Gatting 45, Stuart Faith 36 and Aaron Phillips 33.

For Horsham Michael Munday took 2-58 and Naved Arif Gondal 2-36.

Horsham paced their run chase well to reach 231 for six with three overs to spare as Andy Hodd made 59, John Burroughs 61 and Naved Arif Gondal 35 not out.

Carl Simon took 2-73 and Kashif Ibrahim 2-48 for Nomads.

East Grinstead batted well at Hastings to reach 245 for nine declared as Ian Sturmer hit 58 and Will Adkin 52.
For the home side Mick Glazier took 4-55 and George Campbell 3-66.

In reply Hastings just held on at 182 for nine of which Campbell made 51 and Tom Harvey 36, for Grinstead Craig Fowle took 3-63.

Chichester mnade short work of Roffey at Priory Park and dismissed them for just 74 with a top score of 23 coming from opener Josh Fleming.

James Stedman returned figures of 5-14 and Aussie leg-spinner Adam Zampa 3-11.

In a winning score of 78 without loss for Chichester Chris Kirkham cracked 62 not out.

Brighton and Hove rattled up 273 for five declared after being put in by Eastbourne at The Saffrons.

In that total Sussex pro Michael Rippon hit 130 and veteran Martyn Ford made 76.

In reply Eastbourne held on at 252 for nine with Mark Tomsett making 116 and Dan Wells, younger brother of Sussex’s Luke, made 59.

For Brighton Matt Wood took 4-61.

At Worthing the home side made 205 for eight declared against Bexhill with 75 from Andy Reid and 31 from Brad James as Jamie Bristow-Diamond took 5-43.

In reply Bexhill had reached 159 for eight at stumps with Tim Hambridges making top score of 49.

It was Worthing's spinners that did the damage, Benn Challen taking 4-42 and Mason Crane 3-49.