Sussex Premier League
Billingshurst v East Grinstead
Billingshurst 249-8 (58 overs) East Grinstead 234-9 (52 overs)
After Billingshurst’s batting maintained its recent upsurge they confirmed that they are a genuine Premier League team, coming within an ace of overturning strong second in the table East Grinstead. Inserted, Billingshurst set a promising platform, posting a demanding 250 target with 66 from Stuart Barber, 50 from Andy Barr and useful contributions from Tom Nightingale (40) and Rob Woodman, 34, Bradley Hatchett taking 4-66.
East Grinstead responded positively with a 112 run opening partnership, their captain, former Sussex player Will Adkin leading the way with 65. But then Hurst skipper Ben Williams and Dhanushka Mitipolaarachchi, bowling 40 overs in tandem, did what they have been doing all season. Continuing their excellent form with the ball, Ben removed the first three batsmen before Danny scythed through the middle and lower order with 5-51. 131-2 subsided to 185-7 before a late run out left East Grinstead hovering over the precipice on 234-9 but they managed to block out the remaining balls, Hurst Chairman Jim Burroughs saying: “Our first draw! We’ve got an excellent home record and this was so frustrating – we almost pulled it off but just ran out of overs.”
Martin Read – Sports Reporter