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Naveed Arif turns it on for Horsham

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Naveed Arif 3-30 and a half century for Horsham

Saturday's downpours had a major effect on Sussex League games and play was possible in only two Premier League games which allowed Horsham to steal a march on their title rivals with a home win against Eastbourne.

Eastbourne’s relegation worries increased as Bexhill enjoyed a five wicket win against Brighton and Hove who have now joined the clubs with worries at the bottom of the table.

Preston Nomads, Hastings and Roffey all suffered from having their matches abandoned without a ball being bowled.

At Horsham Sussex players Ben Brown and Luke Wells played for bottom club Eastbourne but it was Navid Arif Goldal who impressed with bat and ball for victorious Horsham.

Eastbourne were restricted to 160 for eight declared from 58 overs with Calum Jackson making 42 and sharing a face saving 5th wicket stand of 67 with Matt Green (25).

Naved Arif took 3-30 and there were two wickets each for Devon Endersby and Owain Jones.

Horsham won with some comfort at 164 for five from 33 overs as John Burroughs made 51 and Naved Arif 50, for Eastbourne Richard Smith took 2-22.

The young Bexhill side performed with distinction at home to Brighton and Hove who they put in after winning the toss and dismissed them for 181.

Teenage spinners Jamie Bristow-Diamond took 5-25 and Calum Guest 4-38.

Top scorer for the visitors was Steven Crosby who made 49 and Chris Atherton 32.

In reply for Bexhill skipper Malcom Johnson made 49, Tim Hambridge 57 not out and Cameron Burgon 39 not out.

The pick of the Brighton bowlers was Chris Atherton who took 4-69.

Chichester are anything but consistent but a 77 run win at East Grinstead has kept them in touch with the group at the top, they now lie fourth.

Batting first Chichester reached 200 for nine declared from 53 overs with 91 from Chris Kirkham and 44 from skipper Mark Bamford as Ian Sturmer took 5-49 and Craig Fowle 2-70.

The home side then tumbled to 123 all out despite 52 from James Adkin. Adam Zampa’s leg spin was rewarded with figures of 5-25 and Matt Geffen took 3-33.