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Roffey cruise past struggling Mayfield

Cricket – Saturday May 11
THE 1 st CENTRAL SUSSEX LEAGUE – ECB Premier Division
Mayfield 162-8 (50 overs) – Roffey 166-2 (31.1 overs)
Roffey won by 8 wickets – Roffey 28 points – Mayfield 5
Martin Read – Sports Reporter
Roffey controlled this game throughout, they were never put under any
pressure and, although they were a little disappointed not to bowl Mayfield
out, it was a comfortable win with not far short of 20 overs unused.
Premiership newcomers Mayfield won the toss and decided to bat, but, after
losing two early wickets, their innings failed to gather sufficient momentum to
post a really challenging total. Slow left armer Luke Barnard bowled Sussex’s
Harry Finch when he was reasonably well set after facing 45 balls and, while
four other batsmen got into double figures, wickets fell at regular intervals,
with six of the seven Roffey bowlers used sharing the spoils, Alex Collins and
James Pearce taking two wickets apiece. Earlier, Roffey’s Aussie overseas
player Ben Manenti, who has been playing for Kent 2 nd XI again and has more
matches for them coming up, put a complete brake on the Mayfield innings –
the batsmen was completely unable to touch any ball in his first over, Manenti
reeling off five maidens to finish with 1-7 off his 10 over allocation. Mayfield’s
later batsmen were more enterprising but good outfielding – including
outstanding catches by Rohit Jagota and Manenti – restricting them to a target
of 163, which was unlikely to cause an upset at Roffey’s Crawley Road
stronghold, unless Mayfield could take early wickets. But, for the second week
running, Roffey created a sound platform, as they set off in hot pursuit, getting
past 50 in the ninth over. And, before the first over was done, Manenti had
overtaken the runs that he had conceded with the ball, going on to make 47
with 9 fours from 40 balls, Theo Rivers top-scoring with a typically cultured 74,
after being dropped at square leg – an absolute dolly – when on 11. Mike
Norris and Jagota calmly saw Roffey home without any worries by 5.15,
despite a few rain delays.
It had been a difficult time for Roffey groundsman Drew Smallwood with
intermittent rain and the absence of drying conditions throughout the week,
together with a few showers during the match, Theo Rivers saying: “The pitch
was soft, it wasn’t coming on to the bat – I like a bit of pace to play with, so I
was happy to leave it to Ben while we were batting together – he made it look
so easy!” Roffey skipper Matt Davies then told the District Post: “Mayfield
couldn’t cope with Barney and Ben, the wicket wasn’t that straightforward,
there was variable bounce and movement, but it didn’t really have any bearing
on the result, and another good opening partnership set us up nicely.”
Roffey had a walkover in Sunday’s ECB National Club Championship,
Hastings being unable to field a competitive side. In Round 3 Roffey will play
Preston Nomads at home on Sunday June 9 after Nomads beat Brighton &

Hove by 129 runs at Fulking last Sunday.
Meanwhile, although Roffey 2nds came seriously unstuck at Ansty on
Saturday, despite 30 from opener Chris Webb and 3-30 from Fred Bridges,
the 3 rd XI won well at Billingshurst, thanks to 5-35 from Patrick Gibb, who then
posted a 30, as did skipper Ed Barnes. And, the 4ths were also victorious,
Dan Dunford scoring an unbeaten 125 before taking 4-37, backed up with
3-24 by Louie Dunford.
This Saturday Roffey travel to Three Bridges. After coming back to the
Premiership this season, Bridges lost their first game, but beat Cuckfield
easily last week after bowling them out for just 126.

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