Teenager carries bat for luckless Bexhill

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The Sussex League title now looks to rest between Horsham and Preston Nomads although Hastings have a mathematical chance of catching both.

Horsham lead Nomads by 17 points but Nomads have a game in hand as they play the Sussex Academy next Sunday at Fulking.

Otherwise Horsham have still to play East Grisntead at home and Brighton and Hove away while Nomads face Eastbourne on Saturday and go to Hastings on the final day apart from that game with the Academy.

Five clubs remain in the relegation mix with Bexhill, Eastbourne, Worthing, Brighton and Hove and Chichester all with work to do to avoid the drop.

At Bexhill 16 year-old Shawn Johnson carried his bat for 111 not out but it was not enough to prevent League leaders Horsham consolidating their lead at the top with a three wicket win.

The League’s top wicket-taker Michael Munday grabbed 4-59 as Bexhill were dismissed for 179 in 38.3 overs.

Michael Munday

Munday grabbed 4-59 © Getty Images

Horsham did not have things all their own way but eventually won at 183 for seven from 43.1 overs as Sam Attfield made 60 not out and Owain Jones 30. For Bexhill Ian Ellis took 4-30.

Preston Nomads enjoyed a comfortable win at Brighton and Hove by 128 runs with the home side missing a number of first team regulars at the wedding of one of them, Tim Jarvis.

For Nomads Rob Wakeford hit 106 and skipper Jeremy Green 50 in a total of 250 for six declared after being put in, Chris Atherton taking 4-59.

In reply Brighton were dismissed for 122 with Atherton making 33 and Sauvik Naskar 34 as Carl Simon took 3-47.

East Grinstead pulled away from the possible relegation group with a 110 run win at home to Roffey.

Sussex youngster Will Adkins struck 115 and Phil Norman 60 not out in a Grinstead total of 248 for six declared, the pick of the Roffey bowlers was Andrew McGorian with 4-74.

In reply Roffey tumbled to 136 all out with Josh Fleming making top score of 31, Ian Sturmer took 4-38 and Lee Grainger 3-34.

The battle to avoid relegation has hotted up following a home win by three wickets against Worthing for bottom club Eastbourne.

Worthing made 189 for nine declared with 75 from Stuart Carter and 53 from Brad James as Mohammed Akram took 3-39 and Tom Johnson 3-31.

In reply Eastbourne won at 193 for seven with 51 from Mark Tomsett, 38 from Dan Wells and 27 from Sussex player Luke Wells.

Luke Wells

Luke Wells outplayed by brother Dan

For Worthing teenage leg-spinner Mason Crane took 5-78.

The remaining game saw Chichester hold Hastings to a draw at Priory Park.

Hastings reached 278 for five declared after being put in led by 68 from Harry Finch, 66 from Adam Maharaj-Newman and 65 from Toby Finzel as Aussie leg-spinner Adam Zampa took 5-110.

In reply Chichester held on at 227 for seven with 56 from Richard Browning and 33 from Chris Kirkham.

An extra-ordinary game at Eastbourne ended in a draw with neither side seemingly wanting to win.

As a result Eastbourne look bound for relegation unless they can gain a big points haul from their games against Preston Nomads and Roffey to end the season.

The Sussex Development XI were put in by the home side who included Sussex player Luke Wells and former international pace bowlers Mohammed Akram and Ed Giddins.

As the Academy youngsters batted with determination and produced some good running between the wickets their efforts meant Eastbourne gained no bowling points.

In the closing overs of the Academy innings Akram bowled with no close fielders and with nine men on the boundary!

In turn the Academy, having taken six Eastbourne wickets, then placed seven boundary fielders when a more positive approach might have achieved a victory with Eastbourne needing 90 from the last ten overs for victory with only four wickets standing.

For Eastbourne Matt Cooke hit 39 not out and Jamie Goddard 41 not out as Josh Hayward, for the Academy bowled 20 overs to take 3-86.