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Preston Nomads head the Sussex Premier League by 29 points from Horsham after comfortably notching their eighth win of the season at Brighton and Hove.

Horsham got back on the winning trail with a convincing 162 run victory at home to Chichester and East Grinstead beat Three Bridges by six wickets.

At the wrong end of the table Hastings eased their relegation worries by winning against neighbours Bexhill while Cuckfield sprung the surprise of the day with a nine wicket win in a low scoring game at Eastbourne.

Brighton and Hove were sent crashing to 97 all out by Preston Nomads as Carl Simon took 5-38 and Owen Kernan 4-36.

Nomads then reached 98 for five to win by five wickets with Rob Wakeford making top score of 30.

Horsham rattled up 327 for seven declared at home to Chichester as skipper Alan Law hit 111 not out and Sam Atfield made 94. The pair came together with their side 58 for four and then added 172 for the fifth wicket.

Richard Sherlock then took 5-29 and Luke Marshall 3-4 as Chichester were dismissed for 165 of which David Leaver made 40 and Jacob Whiteaker 34.

There were plenty of runs at Hastings where bottom club Bexhill decided to bat first and made 275 for nine declared of which Toby Finzel made 88 agains his former club and he was helped by 59 from Jon Haffenden and 52 by Malcolm Johnson.

Hastings skipper Jason Finch took 5-64 and Mick Glazier 4-79, all coming in the final over as Bexhill pushed for runs.

Finch certainly stamped his mark on the game as he hit 118 and Jeandre Jumat made 65 as Hastings won by four wickets with seven balls to spare. For the visitors Mick Chadwick and David Lowery each took 3-76.

Eastbourne plunged towards the relegation zone after being humiliated at home to Cuckfield who enjoyed their second win in successive weeks.

They crashed to 80 all out as Nick Patterson took 5-41 and Ben Collins 5-33. Chris Mole then hit 47 not out to take Cuckfield home at 81 for one.

East Grinstead won by seven wickets at home to Three Bridges who reached 225 for eight declared after winning the toss.

In that total Hisam Ul Haq hit 55 and Chad Barrett 71 not out after their side had, at one time, been 73 for five.

Craig Fowle took 3-77 and Phil Norman 3-34.

In a winning total of 226 for three by the home side Ian Sturmer hit 89 not out, James Adkin made 74 and Adam Davies 34 not out.