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Clinical Roffey crowned league champions again!

On the last Saturday of the season only Roffey or East Grinstead could win the league. A maximum point victory would ensure that Roffey were uncatchable – and they stormed home as champions, retaining their title, by 4pm after walloping Middleton, condemning them to relegation (along with Eastbourne).
Roffey put Middleton in and soon had them 8-2. Then Barbadian all rounder Jofra Archer bludgeoned 28, including a six through a neighbouring bedroom window, before evergreen Sean Heather’s watchful innings was ended by another stunning Leigh Harrison catch. Beck Hemingway top scored with 41, but George Fleming’s 3-36 – taking his seasonal tally to 47 scalps – and Ben Manenti’s 5-31 eroded Middleton’s resistance. A target of 126 was inadequate, Josh Fleming (37 not out) and Mike Norris (47) seeing Roffey across the line at the double.
As congratulatory tweets came in from friendly rivals, Roffey President Mick Webb said: “Even better than last year – a great achievement. We were bowled out for 62 at East Grinstead and bounced back with six straight wins – fantastic!” Chairman Mark Hamilton added: “The great thing is we’ve improved – last year we had 11 wins and 401 points, this time we’ve had 15 and got 471”.
Captain Josh Fleming told us: “It’s been a tough season but today we got it done easier than we’d envisaged.” Brother George told us: “It was a freak result at East Grinstead – we knew we were better than that”. What the other players said: “A great way to round off the season and I hope I’ll be back next year.” (Overseas signing allrounder Ben Manenti, with over 40 wickets and almost 400 runs) – “An even bigger achievement to better our 2014 title – we’ve got the best team spirit and best support in the league” (Matt Davies). “It was fitting for Josh to see us home – brilliant – and, great credit to our groundsman Drew Smallwood for getting games on week after week.” (Mike Norris). Rohit Jagota’s wife Natalie, confidently assuring everyone at tea time: “We’ve won, we’ve done it, I know we have!” And, a final quip from Leigh Harrison: “It’s been great to be back at Roffey for these last two seasons – I never realised that my return would bring us such success!”
Hastings and Worthing have been promoted back into the Sussex Premier League for next season.

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