Local clubs through in national cup

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Hastings Priory and Bexhill won their first round matches in the ECB National Club Championship on Sunday.

Priory triumphed by five wickets away to Bickley Park, while Bexhill pulled off a stunning one-wicket victory at home to Hartley Country Club.

Sussex Division Two side Bexhill bowled out last season’s Kent Premier Division runners-up Hartley for 165 with Jamie Wicks taking 3-24, Malcolm Johnson 2-36 and Callum Guest 2-37.

Shawn Johnson then guided Bexhill home with an unbeaten 28 which belied his tender years. Older brother Malcolm, who captained the side with Chris Topp taking a watching brief, chipped in with 26.

Sussex Premier Division high-flyers Priory restricted Kent Premier team Bickley to 201-9 batting first, Josh Poysden bagging 3-47, Harry Finch 2-24 and debutant Jack Parsons 2-29.

Finch ushered Priory through with 71 not out, supported by an undefeated 31 off 27 balls by fellow young gun Freddie Hulbert. Dave Draper hit 63 at the top of the order.

Full reports on both matches will appear in Friday’s Observers.