Sussex Premier League
Roffey 271-5 (58 overs) Bexhill 148 All Out (42.4 overs)
Roffey won by 123 runs
Roffey jump to fourth after returning to winning ways with an impressive defeat of visitors Bexhill.
Josh Fleming and Theo Rivers (49) created a useful platform before George Fleming contributed a well-constructed 56. Then Rohit Jagota made a typically forthright 78 not out, containing 8 fours and 5 sixes, plundering flagging bowlers in an unbeaten 114 run sixth wicket partnership with skipper Matt Davies, whose 50 included 5 fours and 4 sixes, clearing the trees bordering Northolmes School. Roffey benefited from some shoddy ground work and counterproductive tactics of negative bowling and defensive field placings, seven men on the boundary opening up numerous opportunities for ones and twos to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
With the wicket dry and turning, around 240 was a par score and Hastings reached
74-1 despite consternation caused when thunderous deliveries from Sussex’s Stuart Whittingham extracting puffs of dust. The turning point came with Jagota’s first ball, which kept low to trap opener Malcolm Johnson (50) leg before. A smart Jagota run out, a Davies stumping and two county class catches from Leigh Harrison whittled Bexhill away – needing points they kept attacking but fell to the wiles of Luke Barnard (4-56) and George Fleming (2-28), the pair regularly beating the bat. Harrison, Whittingham and Jagota shared the remaining spoils.
Barnard told the District Post: “They started off reasonably well but once we got rid of Malcolm Johnson it was a different story.” Matt Davies summed up with: “That was a great win – it was about time we put in a good all round performance and hopefully that’ll kick start our season!”
This Saturday (tomorrow) Roffey visit Worthing. The seasiders are second from bottom with a single win from their seven matches.
Martin Read – Sports Reporter