Sussex Gray-Nicholls T20 Cup
St James’s Montfiore 150-5 (20 overs) Roffey 154-5 (18.0 overs)
Roffey won by 5 wickets
At their Keymer Road Hassocks ground a young St James’s side posted a challenging total but were comfortably beaten by an assured Roffey batting display. Roffey won the toss, elected to field and were rewarded by an early Leigh Harrison wicket, but did not taste further success until another 118 runs had been added. Tayyab Mahmood scored 55 and Adam Davies 62 until a flurry of late wickets on the dry surface restricted St James’s to a very useful 150, although it proved to be a manageable total. Luke Barnard took 3-21 and Dan Smith 1-16. Roffey replied positively with a 58 run opening stand between Liam Gibson and Rohit Jagota, both scoring 30, then a quick-fire unbeaten 50, including 5 fours and a six from Chris Webb, boosted by 24 extras featuring 14 wides and a no ball, got Roffey home with 12 balls to spare.
Roffey skipper Matt Davies told us: “This was a fairly straightforward win for us. Barney (Luke Barnard) bowled well again – he was the pick of the bowlers – and then our batsmen did what was required, Chris Webb was particularly outstanding.”
Roffey are pleased to have a home draw – against Hastings – in the Quarter Final on Sunday July 3, 15.30 start, following Roffey 2nd X’s QF versus Hastings 2s (12 noon).
Martin Read – Sports Reporter