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Nomads crowned 2010 Sussex champions

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Preston Nomads ended their season on a high note notching up their 13th win of the season and clinching the Sussex Premier League title for the third successive season.

Much of the interest on Saturday was in the relegation battle to see who would go down with Bexhill and Cuckfield’s defeat at home to Horsham sealed their fate but only by four points behind Eastbourne who lost at East Grinstead.

Three Bridges were in danger going into the last games but they moved above Eastbourne with their home win against Hastings.

Jeremy Green hit 94 and Khashif Ibrahim 64 not out for Preston Nomads in a total of 225 for six declared at Bexhill for whom Chris Topp took 4-85.

The home side then tumbled to 172 all out despite 34 from Hugh Finzel and 30 from David Lowery as Ibrahim took 4-50.

Brighton and Hove and Chichester finished in the minor placings behind the top two after drawing their game at Priory Park on Saturday.

Skipper Patrick Spencer hit 102 not out in a Brighton total of 226 all out as Mark Bamford grabbed 4-30 with his off-spin.

In reply Chichester reached stumps at 185 for seven with 80 from Chris Kirkham. Luke Wells was the pick of the bowlers with 4-45.

East Grinstead finished the season in style with a seven wicket win at home to Eastbourne who endured some nail biting while waiting to hear how Cuckfield were doing against Horsham.

Eastbourne were put in and dismissed for 174 with Angus Stewart making top score of 53 as Lewis Hatchett took 3-31 and Will Adkin 3-76.

The home side then rushed to victory at 175 for three from 25.4 overs with Gary Kleinveldt and James Adkin each making 51 and Ian Sturmer 51 not out.

Horsham made 257 all out at Cuckfield with 54 from their leading runmaker Craig Gallagher and 43 from Mark Nash who enjoyed the unusual role of opener !

Nick Patterson took 3- 69 and Ravinda Pallegaruge 3-76.

In reply Cuckfield were dismissed for 217 having, at one time, been 77 for seven.

A century eighth wicket stand saw Tom Mole make 60 and Krsitian Piolet 51, Mole playing his first game for ten weeks having broken a finger in June.

For Horsham Luke Marshall grabbed 5-87 and Mark Nash 3-73. Marshall has completed his season with 51 wickets.

Three Bridges were a shade nervous concerning their possible relegation but survived with a three wicket victory at home to Hastings.

Hastings made 281 for eight declared of which John Morgan made 85 not out as Danny Alderman took 3-69.

Bridges have played the last seven weeks without the talented South African Chad Barrett but he made 84 not out on his return to action while skipper Mark Newell made 75 to take Bridges home at 283 for seven. Josh Poysden grabbed 3- 82 with his leg spin.