Sussex Premier League
Worthing 101-8 (20 overs) Roffey 106-1 (12.4 overs)
Roffey won by 9 wickets
In June at the Manor Sports Ground Roffey bowled Worthing out for 70 before beating them by 10 wickets in 9.2 overs, the return fixture was equally one-sided, with the same result. Heavy rain had left standing water on Roffey’s ground but hard working groundsman Drew Smallwood and a dedicated team of helpers enabled a T20 contest.
Put in, Worthing reached 50-2, Captain Matthew Green going on to make 41, but only two other batsmen made double figures, George Fleming taking 3-17 and Liam Gibson 2-10 as the innings petered out at 101-8. Fearing more rain, Roffey set off in hot pursuit putting on 99 for the first wicket, Rohit Jagota making 50 and Usman Khan 39 not out before Gibson – fresh from his mid week hundred for Roffey against the MCC – saved relegated Worthing any further embarrassment with a towering six, the game ending at 5.35 with 7.2 overs unused. Usman said: “I was glad to see us home – I’ve been batting well but not finishing off, so it was good to do that today!” Roffey Captain Matt Davies told us: “Drew did a terrific job, with our assistance! We expected to win and bowled well in the conditions, getting it done in time to beat the weather. Cuckfield also played a T20 and won it, but we remain 19 points ahead with two matches to go, including our massive home game against Horsham tomorrow (Saturday – 11.30 start)”. Earlier in the season the Premier League fixture at Cricketfield Road was controversially abandoned with Horsham in a strong position, while in May Roffey eliminated Horsham in an early round of the National Knockout Cup.
Martin Read – Sports Reporter