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After a slow start to the Sussex Premier League season, Preston Nomads have now hit their straps making short work of the East Grinstead batting to send them crashing to 67 all out.

They now lead Horsham by 13 points in what is developing into a two horse race at the top of the Sussex Premier League after both enjoyed comfortable wins on Saturday.

Hastings just about kept their hopes alive with a dramatic win at home to Eastbourne whose place at the bottom of the table is causing concern to all at the Saffrons.

Worthing beat Brighton and Hove but are still looking over their shoulders in the bottom half of the table.

In Nomads match at Fulking, Carl Simon took 5-24 and Stuart Faith 4-2 while the top scorer for Grinstead was James Adkin who made 29.

Preston Nomads Carl Simon

Carl Simon took 5-24

Alistair Wilson then cracked 30 not out to take Nomads to victory in just 14.2 overs at 68 for two.

Horsham were always in control at home to Chichester who collapsed to 126 all out after early promise from Chris Kirkham with 57 and 28 from skipper Mark Bamford.

It was once again the Horsham spinners who did the damage, Will Beer taking 4-23 and Michael Munday 3-11.

Beer was also in form with the bat, he made 52 and Elliot Cloy 34 to take Horsham home at 125 for two from 40 overs. Hastings have been somewhat erratic recently but they won by 27 runs at home to relegation threatened Eastbourne after looking almost certain to be bound for a big defeat.

Professionals Kirk Wernars ( 58) and Matt Machan (76) were well supported by Toby Finzel (45) and Harry Finch (37) to take the home side to 248 all out.

The score would have been much more but for former Pakistani Test bowler Mohammed Akram, he took 5-30 as the last seven wickets fell for just 21 runs!

Eastbourne, in turn, looked to be cruising to victory at 180 for two but leg-spinner Josh Poysden stepped in to take 8-65 in 17 overs including Eastbourne’s three Test players, Alan Wells, Mohammed Akram and Ed Giddins, all for ducks!

Mohammed Akram

Mohammed Akram one of three Eastbourne Test players to make a duck!

Eastbourne skipper Mark Tomsett made 120 and was seventh out for a fine 120 but support was lacking just when it was needed and his side lost at 221 all out with an over remaining.

Relegation threatened Bexhill rattled up 275 for seven declared at Roffey with Aussie ‘keeper Andrew Harriott making 147. In reply Roffey started well but in the end were forced to hang on at 223 for nine with 71 from Josh Fleming and 42 from Theo Rivers.

The pick of the Bexhill bowlers was 17 year-old off-spinner Calum Guest who took 5-55.

Batting first at home to Brighton and Hove, Worthing were dismissed for just 168 with Alex Harris making 45 as Matt Wood took 4-25.

But Brighton then fell to 136 all out as Sussex Academy paceman John Glover ripped through the batting to return figures of 6-28. Top scorer was Steve Crosby who made 50.