Priory beaten in top two tussle

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HASTINGS Priory suffered a second successive defeat in the Sussex Premier Cricket League when they went down by five wickets away to leaders Preston Nomads.

Priory totalled 235-7 off 57.4 overs thanks to a fine knock from opener Toby Finzel who hit 15 fours and one six in his 117.

The bulk of his runs came in a fifth wicket partnership of 131 with skipper John Morgan (61 off 74 balls). The only other batsman to reach double figures was Adam Maharaj-Newman (25), while Carl Simon claimed 4-86.

In reply, Jeremy Green (65), Hugh Richards (51) and Luke Schildkamp (44) steered Nomads to 236-5 despite Joynal Ahmed’s 3-57.

This result means Nomads have stretched their lead to 18 points over second-placed Priory.

Sussex Premier League results: East Grinstead 97 (1pt) Bexhill 100-2 (30); Hastings Priory 235-7 (12) Preston Nomads 236-5 (26); Brighton & Hove 220-6 (10) Horsham 222-5 (22); Roffey 171-4 (16) Eastbourne 146-5 (10); Worthing 183 (30) Chichester Priory Park 167 (12).

Sussex Premier League standings (played-points): Preston Nomads 9-212, Hastings Priory 9-194, Horsham 9-171, Roffey 9-162, Chichester Priory Park 10-161, Worthing 9-145, East Grinstead 10-144, Brighton & Hove 10-133, Bexhill 10-106, Eastbourne 9-95.