Sussex Premier League
Cuckfield 249-9 (58 overs) Roffey 251-8 (51.5 overs)
Roffey won by 2 wickets
Roffey pulled off a pulsating win from the penultimate ball of the final over, the match having almost as many twists and turns as Spaghetti Junction.
After Cuckfield had crashed to 25-4 with their 24 year old Aussie Jordan Silk, with extensive first class experience for Tasmania, back in the hutch after trying to sweep a straight ball from George Fleming, it appeared that Roffey’s legendary tea would be taken early before the hosts coasted to a straightforward victory. However, Cuckfield, who had begun the match second in the table, fought back hard during marathon economical spells from Leigh Harrison and George Fleming (4-68 from 24 overs). A series of productive stands, notably featuring Thomas Weston (64), Harry Clark, 53 not out and Chris Mole, 48, enabled Cuckfield to set a testing 250 run target, 85 runs coming from the last ten overs, despite Luke Barnard’s four scalps. Although Roffey suffered an early loss, they reached 93 before the next wicket fell and on 192-2 victory was a routine stroll. Even when Theo Rivers went for an excellent 90, including 14 fours and 2 sixes, there was no cause for concern because Usman Khan was going well with great support. But, after Usman’s departure for 63, Roffey slumped to 217-6, in the doldrums with 33 still needed. Nick Patterson took four wickets but had to be carried off, injured during Matt Davies’s dismissal. Matt then sportingly took the field as a substitute only to catch Josh Fleming. With six men on the boundary fours were hard to come by and when Chris Webb was run out three runs were needed off as many balls with only Luke Barnard to come. George Fleming allowed himself a one ball sighter before calmly threading through the winning four at 8pm with the luxury of a delivery to spare. The win enabled Roffey to leapfrog Cuckfield into second place, ten points behind Horsham with a game in hand, Matt Davies telling the District Post: “One of the best games up here for a long while! That was a good deck, we’ve got a long batting line up and having such a settled side week after week gives us a great advantage!” Cuckfield’s coach, former Sussex and Surrey spinner Chris Waller summed up with: “That was just a great game of cricket!”
Roffey have an away trip to seventh placed Hastings this Saturday, July 16.
Martin Read – Sports Reporter