Nomads regain title
Preston Nomads clinched the Sussex Premier league title by winning at Hastings on Saturday with Horsham, surprisingly beaten at Brighton and Hove, finishing second.
The relegation battle went right to the wire with Eastbourne and Bexhill going down and Worthing surviving with just two points more than Eastbourne.
Had Worthing made 13 runs less against Chichester they would have been relegated and Eastbourne suffered when they had five League points deducted three weeks ago for a disciplinary issue.
Hastings decided to bat fist against Preston Nomads at Horntye Park and were sent tumbling to 147 all out of which Toby Finzell made 43 and Harry Finch 33 as Kashif Ibrahim took 3-22.
Nomads, in turn, found runs hard to come by but eventually won by three wickets at 148 for seven of which Hugh Richard made 34.
The leg spin of Josh Poysden was rewarded with figures of 5-56.
Brighton and Hove were put in by Horsham at the Nevill Recreation Gorund and dismissed for 143 of which Chris Atherton made 36 as Rob Woolley took 3-28 and the League’s leading wicket-taker Michael Munday grabbed 4-30.
But Horsham tumbled to just 90 all out as Matt Wood took 5-36 and Patrick Spencer 5-30. Top scorer was 16 year-old Ben Shoare who made 27.
Eastbourne hit form for their last match with a 92 run victory at home to Roffey but it was too late to save them from the drop.
Batting first Eastbourne made 256 for nine declared with skipper Mark Tomsett run out by his partner Callum Jackson for exactly 100. Jackson made amends with 82 himself as George Fleming took 3-31.
The visitors were then dismissed for just 104 with Matt Davies their top scorer, he made 32.
For Eastbourne pace bowlers Stuart Pulford (3-34) and David Twine (4-40) proved their worth in the absence of former Test players Ed Giddins and Mohammad Akram.
Bexhill finished bottom following a 51 run defeat at East Grinstead who they bowled out for 155 as Ian Ellis took 2-28, Shawn Johnson 2-22 and Josh Beaslee 3-25.
For Grinstead Danny Irvine made top score of 40 and skipper Phil Norman made 28 not out.
But the match winner was Sussex youngster Lewis Hatchett who took 6-46 to send Bexhill reeling to 104 all out of which skipper Malcolm Johnson made 30.
Worthing went down by eight wickets at Chichester but scrambled enough points, just, to avoid relegation.
They were dismissed for 162 with 41 from Michael Gould as Steve Sedgeley took 4-19.
In reply Chichester reached their target at 164 for two, both wickets falling to 16-yearold leg-spinner Mason Crane.