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Nomads go top after Eastbourne defeat

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Preston Nomads have moved to the top of the Sussex Premier League following a four wicket win at Eastbourne who took enough points from the game to move off the bottom of the table.

Previous leaders Hastings Priory suffered a surprise five wicket defeat at home to Worthing and Roffey were beaten for the second successive week, they lost by five wickets at Brighton and Hove.

Bexhill are now bottom after a seven wicket mauling at Chichester whilst there was real excitement at East Grinstead where the scores finished level in a drawn game with Horsham.

Eastbourne reached 205 for eight from 58 overs against Preston Nomads with 52 from skipper Mark Tomsett and 31 from Hugh Finzel as Ian Simpson took 3-29.

But Nomads moved fairly comfortably to victory at 206 for six with 47 from Alisdair Wilson, Stuart Faith made 40 and Luke Schildkamp 33.

Sussex youngster Luke Wells, not in the county’s current T20 side, grabbed 3-50.

Luke Wells

Eastbourne's Luke Wells took 3-50 in vain

There was quite a surprise at Hastings where the home side were without the prolific Kirk Werners at home to lowly Worthing.

Adam Maharaj-Newman hit 96 and Toby Finzel 51 in a Hastings total of 252 for eight declared.

For Worthing John Glover took 3-57 and Benn Challen 3-82.

Matt Norris then hit 84, Darryl Rebbetts 70 and Andy Lutwyche 35 not out as Worthing moved to 253 for five and a win with seven balls to spare, for Hastings Josh Poysden took 3-79.

There was also a turn-up at Brighton and Hove where the home side won by five wickets to beat Roffey who lost for the second successive week after previously being unbeaten.

Roffey were dismissed for just 134 with George Fleming who made 43 the top scorer and Mike Norris finishing with 37.

Michael Rippon celebrated the award of a two year contract by Sussex by taking 6-41.

The home side then reached their target at 136 for five from 30 overs as Martyn Ford made 31 and Rippon 22 but there were 37 costly extras! For Roffey Abdul Khan took 3-44.

There was excitement at East Grintead where the scores were level with Horsham one short of victory with eight wickets down.

East Grinstead were dismissed for 188 with 70 from Toby Margetts as Devon Endersby took 6-49, Sussex player Naved Arif Goldal grabbed 3-27 in his first outing for Horsham.

In the Horsham reply of 188 for eight James Johnson made 70 and Hisham-ul-Haq 35.

Craig Fowle took 3-49, Lewes Hatchett 2-61 and there were three run outs.

Bexhill have dropped to the bottom of the table after tumbling to a seven wicket defeat at Chichester.

The visitors were put in and dismissed for 123 as Steve Sedgeley took 3-35 and there were two wickets each for Dan Joseph, James Stedman and Richard Browning, top scorer was opener Jack Richardson, he made 47.

Mark Bamford then made 48 and Simon Hasted 40 to take their side to victory at 125 for three with James Vaughan taking two wickets.