Wernars booster for Hastings

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Current Sussex League Champions Hastings Priory lead the table again this season having won three games in succession.

Roffey are now in second place following an impressive win at home to Horsham with Preston Nomads close behind, they won by seven wickets at home to lowly Bexhill on Saturday.

The bottom two clubs are Worthing and Eastbourne with neither having recorded a win so far this season.

Kirk Wernars

Kirk Wernars struck an unbeaten 92 for Hastings

Brighton and Hove won the toss and batted first at Hastings to set a moderate 225 for nine declared of which Patrick Spencer hit 67 and Michael Rippon 40.

For the home side Josh Poysden took 3-66 and Mick Glazier 3-47.

Sussex player Kirk Wernars then cracked 92 not out, David Draper made 56 and George Campbell 35 to take Hastings to victory at 227 for four from just 39.3 overs.

Horsham posted 249 for six declared at Roffey with 67 from Tom Johnson and 32 from John Burroughs as Matt Davies took 3-46.

But then Josh Fleming made 98 and Chris Plaister 60 to take Roffey to a three wicket win at 252 for seven despite leg-spinner Michael Munday grabbing 5-73.

Michael Munday

Another five for Munday © Getty Images

It was easy for Preston Nomads at home to Bexhill who they dismissed for just 106 in 41.5 overs as Carl Simon took 4-30 and Matt Hobden 3-34.

Nomads cruised to 109 for three in 29.2 overs with Stuart Faith 34 not out.

Darryl Rebetts has taken over the Worthing captaincy from Michael Gould and made his first ever League century, 101 not out, in his first game in charge but he still finished on the losing side.

Worthing made 247 for five declared with Stuart Carter (47 not out) sharing an unfinished sixth wicket stand of 106 with Rebbetts while Michael Gould made 31, Craig Fowle with 3-78 in 22 overs was the pick of the visitors’ bowling.

East Grinstead won the game by three wickets with two balls to spare as they posted 251 for seven.

Aussie Danny Irvine, in his first game in England, made 70 and teenager Nathan Bailey his his first ever League fifty as he was out for 90! For Worthing, still without a win since their promotion last year, Benn Challen took 4-64 in 18.4 overs.

Eastbourne finished 17 runs short of the total posted by visitors Chichester with four wickets standing and, like Worthing, are still seeking their first win of the season.

Simon Hasted made 51, Mark Bamford 48 and Chris Kirkham 38 in a Chichester score of 259 for seven declared.

Sussex protégé, 17 year-old Calum Jackson hit 109 and Matt Green lent support with 35 in an Eastbourne total of 242 for six, for the visitors Aussie Adam Zampa took 3-85.