Sussex Premier League
East Grinstead 126 All Out (49.2 overs) Roffey 129-3 (26.2 overs)
Roffey won by 7 wickets
On Roffey’s last two encounters with East Grinstead they sustained heavy defeats but this time they redressed the balance with an emphatic 30 point win, increasing their lead at the top of the table – with a game in hand – to 11 points over Cuckfield and 27 ahead of third placed Horsham.
Put in to bat East Grinstead were immediately in trouble against Leigh Harrison and George Fleming, Leigh taking 4-33 and George 3-38 from 15 overs each. The clatter of wickets reduced the hosts to 45-7 and although former Roffey colt Ollie Graham top scored with 47 and Ben Davies made 30, the other nine batsmen could only muster 38 between them and a target of 127 was unlikely to cause serious difficulty. Luke Barnard took 2-29 and Rohit Jagota 1-18.
Roffey started brightly, putting on 50 for the first wicket, Theo Rivers making 30, until three batsmen fell for the addition of just four more runs. But any worries were soon eased by Rohit’s unbeaten 52 as, batting with Alex Southon, he secured victory with over half of Roffey’s allocation unused.
Josh Fleming said: “We were 50 for none and then had a bit of a wobble but it was easy enough in the end!” Leigh Harrison added: “Coming back from holiday it was good to find a bit of form and take early wickets. The edges went to hand – we bowled and fielded well today.” And, delighted Roffey captain Matt Davies summed up the dressing room feeling with: “This was a really great win for us. The deck was good but Leigh, George and Barney (Luke Barnard) were outstanding. Barney’s been working on some new deliveries and that really paid off.”
In a big weekend for Roffey with 60 points available, on Saturday they return home to welcome Preston Nomads, looking to avenge their defeat at Fulking in June, then on Sunday they host the struggling Sussex Development XI.