Bexhill relish champion test

Bexhill wicketkeeper Jack Richardson gathers a Joe Cox delivery during last weekend's draw at Horsham. Picture by Steve Cobb (SUS-140714-104743001)
Bexhill wicketkeeper Jack Richardson gathers a Joe Cox delivery during last weekend's draw at Horsham. Picture by Steve Cobb (SUS-140714-104743001)

Bexhill’s cricketers are relishing the prospect of having a crack at the reigning Sussex Premier League champions.

Bexhill will entertain Preston Nomads at The Polegrove tomorrow (Saturday) buoyed by two wins and a decent draw in their last three matches.

First team manager Jeff Chinn said: “We’re looking forward to Preston Nomads, who we think we can at least compete with.

“With the wickets hardening up as they should do now with this mini-heatwave, we could have a nice hard wicket which will suit our spinners more than their seamers.”

Bexhill currently occupy the final safe spot of eighth with a 25-point cushion above the two relegation places. Third-placed Nomads are 17 points adrift of leaders Roffey.

Nomads triumphed by two wickets in a low scoring reverse fixture back in May, albeit only thanks to an unbroken ninth wicket partnership of 28 which rescued them from 59-8.

“We’re only 20-odd points from fourth place,” continued Chinn. “Anybody on their day can go against anybody - I think it’s the most open league we’ve had in a long time.”

Guest is unavailable and may well be replaced by Liam Bryant in what’s expected to be Bexhill’s only change.

Bexhill Cricket Club is holding a race night at The Polegrove tonight at 7.30pm for 8pm. Admission is £5 for adults and £2.50 for children which includes food. Anybody wishing to attend should contact Steve Phillimore on 07850 312857.

See today’s Bexhill Observer for the full article.