Sussex Premier League
Worthing 70 All Out (23.0 overs) Roffey 74-0 (9.2 overs)
Roffey won by 10 wickets
Roffey captain Matt Davies said: “Worthing were not keen to play but the umpires ruled the conditions fit and I won the toss and put them in. Then Stuart Whittingham and Leigh Harrison bowled quality spells, swinging the ball and hitting good lengths and we held our chances, but this was so one-sided that it was embarrassing, not the sort of game that we want to be playing in the Premier League really.”
Josh Fleming added: “The wicket was damp but it wasn’t dangerous and we were happy to get a win and move ourselves up the table.”
At the Manor Sports Ground the reason for Worthing’s reluctance to play immediately became apparent as they staggered from crisis to crisis. Stuart Carter top scored with 14, seven of the other batsmen contributed 12 between them in a miserable 68 balls. Whittingham took 5-31, Harrison 3-31 and Luke Barnard 2-6 before the unbeaten Rohit Jagota (44) and Liam Gibson (29) romped home in 56 deliveries.
The maximum 30 point win gets Roffey up to third, 54 points adrift of leaders Horsham but with a game in hand, making Roffey’s visit to Cricketfield Road tomorrow (Saturday) a double-pointer. The always closely fought local derby starts at 11am because of the Music Festival at Horsham Cricket Club.
Martin Read – Sports Reporter