Sussex Gray-Nicholls T20 Cup Quarter Final
Roffey 187-6 (20 overs) Hastings & St Leonards Priory 113 All Out (16.5)
Roffey won by 74 runs
Hastings won the toss and put Roffey in to bat, but soon wished they hadn’t when the score reached 92-1 in double quick time. 200 looked likely but two wickets then fell, slowing Roffey down before they recovered to post 187-6, including a five run penalty when the ball hit a helmet parked behind the wicketkeeper. That was a demanding total with the slow pitch inhibiting shot making. Usman Khan top-scored with 40 and Liam Gibson made 39 and left hander Chris Webb an elegant 37 with handy contributions down the order. Needing to chase at over nine an over it was essential for Hastings to get off to a good start if they were to have any realistic chance of winning. They created a platform with a 32 run first wicket stand but progress was slow and by the time they reached 75-5 the run rate had risen to almost 13 an over. Roffey were fielding well with Rohit Jagota effortlessly pouching a catch in the deep and Captain Matt Davies leading from the front with three catches, a stumping and finalising two run outs. Boundaries dried up leaving Hastings no option other than to take chances, resulting in a further run out at the bowler’s end. Rohit, Leigh Harrison and Luke Barnard each took two wickets and George Fleming the final one as the middle and lower order evaporated leaving 3.1 overs unused. Matt Davies told the District Post: “We batted well for the first 16 overs but then lost our way a bit before Josh (Fleming) and Theo (Rivers) got us up to a very useful score, we were confident that we could defend that – and we did!”.
Roffey travel to Middleton for the semi final on Sunday July 24. Middleton were relegated from the Premier League last season but dismissed East Grinstead for 103 in the Quarter Final to win by 69 runs.
Martin Read – Sports Reporter