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Roffey go top with third straight win

Cricket – Saturday May 18

THE 1 st CENTRAL SUSSEX LEAGUE – ECB Premier Division

Roffey 235-7 (50 overs) – Three Bridges 219 all out (48.4 overs)
Roffey won by 16 runs – Roffey 30 points – Three Bridges 10

Martin Read – Sports Reporter
Despite the possibility of forecasted showers, confident Roffey elected to bat
at Three Bridges after winning the toss, and, for the third consecutive week, a
sound platform was posted, but when five wickets went down for 26 runs, they
suddenly found themselves struggling on 128-5 with the very real threat of
being shot out for a well below par score. However, the depth of Roffey’s
batting and then the bowling engineered them a win, albeit by a less
comfortable margin that they might have wished. Openers Ben Manenti and
Theo Rivers scored 64 and 35 respectively before the wickets tumbled, but,
once again, skipper Matt Davies steadied things – this time with an unbeaten
66, and backing from George Fleming and Alex Collins.
A target of 236 from 50 overs was far from a killer requirement, but, when
Bridges were 97-5, it looked too daunting a prospect – until with wicketkeeper
Joe Walker, initially batting with Oliver Blandford (38) and then Michael Rose
(36) Bridges got to 199-7 with alarm bells ringing. But, when Walker was run
out, for 59, and Blandford and Rose were dismissed for thirties, only Arran
Brown’s 18 stood between Roffey and victory. There was, though little further
resistance, the last three wickets falling for 20, penetrative bowling from Rohit
Jagota (4-31) and Luke Barnard (2-49) disposing of the cream of the Bridges
batting, backed up by a wicket apiece from Leigh Harrison, James Pearce and
Manenti.
Roffey Captain Matt Davies told the District Post: “We got off to a really good
start, Ben batting well again, but then lost wickets to a few poor shots. I was
naturally pleased to get a few runs, but, although we were perhaps 40 or 50
short of where we’d hoped to be, we thought 235 was enough if we held our
chances – which we did. It was a bit tight for comfort towards the end because
they were going well mid innings, but the maximum points win puts us top of
the table, on level pegging with Preston Nomads, who’ve also won their three
games, as have Middleton.”
On Saturday Roffey return home to take on East Grinstead, against whom
they have had some tough battles in the past. Meanwhile, Roffey 2nd XI
bounced back from last week's defeat to Ansty with a dominant performance
against Findon 1st XI, making it 2 wins from the opening 3 games. Batting
first, Roffey posted an impressive 304-7 with stand out performances from
Horsham YMCA reserve goalkeeper Mark Pavlovic (65) and Sachin Naik (97),
putting the hosts in a commanding position, before bowling Findon out for 90.
Sachin Naik (4-29), Fred Bridges (4-12) and Tom Barnes (2-13) were the pick
of the Roffey bowlers. Skipper Matt Bidlake said: "It was a dominant

performance from the team and a strong response following a disappointing
result the weekend before. It is the first time that our batting, bowling and
fielding has clicked this season and will give us a lot of confidence heading
into next weekend's fixture at Worthing".

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