Priory lose ground on leaders

Priory skipper George Campbell in action against East Grinstead
Priory skipper George Campbell in action against East Grinstead

HASTINGS Priory are now 27 points adrift of the leaders in the Sussex Cricket Premier League after contesting a draw at home to East Grinstead.

The visitors recovered from 123-5 to post a total of 245-9 thanks to knocks from Ian Sturmer (58), William Adkin (52) and Danny Irvine (47). Michael Glazier (4-55) and skipper George Campbell (3-66) enjoyed most success with the ball.

In reply, Priory were well placed at 111-3 but a mid order collapse saw them slump to 156-8 before Elliot Hooper (11), Jake Woolley (13) and Joynal Ahmed (12 not out) saw them finish on 182-9. Campbell had earlier top-scored with 51.

Horsham are the new leaders after getting the better of Preston Nomads in a top-of-the-table tussle.

Relegation-threatened Bexhill were also involved in a draw in their match away to Worthing.

The home side totalled 205-8 thanks to opener Andy Reid (75), while Jamie Bristow-Diamond continued his fine form with 5-43.

Bexhill finished on 159-8 after Tim Hambridge top-scored with 49. Spinners Benn Challen took 4-42 and Mason Crane 3-49.

Sussex Premier League results: Roffey 74 (0pts) Chichester Priory Park 78-0 (30); Brighton & Hove 273-5 (14) Eastbourne 252-9 (5); East Grinstead 245-9 (14) Hastings Priory 182-9 (11); Preston Nomads 228-7 (13) Horsham 231-6 (24); Worthing 205-8 (12) Bexhill 159-8 (8).

Standings (played-points): Horsham 13-261, Preston Nomads 13-255, Hastings Priory 13-234, Chichester Priory Park 14-227, Roffey 14-218, East Grinstead 14-205, Worthing 14-196, Brighton & Hove 14-195, Bexhill 14-182, Eastbourne 13-143.