Nomads poised for fifth title in seven years
The sun shone on Preston Nomads this weekend when they beat Eastbourne on Saturday then plundered the Sussex Development XI with a nine wicket win on Sunday placing them in clear sight of the prized Sussex Premier League title they lost last year.
Prior to the weekend, Nomads and Horsham were neck and neck going into the final stages of the season but the title race had a different look to it by Sunday evening after Horsham, who enjoyed a bumper 60 point weekend earlier in the month, drew their rain shortened 20/20 match against East Grinstead.
At the Spen Cama Memorial Ground in Fulking, Nomads started by losing the toss with Eastbourne making 229 for eight declared with 80 from skipper Mark Tomsett and 60 from Jamie Goddard as Carl Simon grabbed 3-71.
Nomads were in early trouble at 44 for three but skipper Jeremy Green made his first century of the summer, with 103 not out including six fours and two sixes, and 55 from Rob Wakeford saw them home to victory at 234 for six.
Stuart Pulford was the pick of the Eastbourne bowlers, he took 3-60.
Horsham started mid-afternoon and played a 20/20 game with East Grinstead. The home side made 155 for five with 91 from Devon Endersby and 34 from Rob Woolley, the pair shared a stand of 100 for the first wicket.
In reply East Grinstead were held to 130 for six of which Aussie Danny Irvine made 53, Woolley took 2-21.
In the relegation battle at Bexhill there were several rain interruptions before Bexhill just held on for a draw.
Chichester were dismissed for 142 after being put in with 36 from Jez Goode as Joe Cox took 3-16 and Tim Hambridge 4-38.
In reply Bexhill struggled to 93 for nine as Matt Geffen took 5-22 and James Stedman 3-24.
The following day, Preston Nomads made light work of the Sussex Development XI with a nine wicket victory to take themselves to the brink of their fifth League title in seven years.
The Development Eleven were sent crashing to 106 all out in 37.2 overs as Carl Simon took 5-47 in 18.2 overs.
In reply Nomads cruised home at 107 for one with Ollie Gatting hitting 72 not out from 76 balls.
Next Saturday Nomads play at Hastings and Horsham are at Brighton and Hove. Five clubs all face the possibility of being relegated and all five matches next Saturday still have meaning for either the title or relegation.