Priory notch fourth successive away win

Jed O'Brien bowls for Hastings Priory seconds in their draw at home to East Grinstead on Saturday. Picture by Simon Newstead
Jed O'Brien bowls for Hastings Priory seconds in their draw at home to East Grinstead on Saturday. Picture by Simon Newstead

Hastings Priory’s cricketers moved up to fourth in the Sussex Premier League courtesy of a fourth consecutive away victory.

Priory continued their excellent form on their travels - which is in complete contrast to their home record - with a two-wicket success away to East Grinstead in the final over on Saturday.

Elliot Hooper was again the pick of the bowlers with 4-51 as Priory dismissed their hosts for 192 in 53 overs. Aussie David Lowery then hit 90 to steer Hastings home at 195-8 despite Ollie Graham taking 4-77.

See Friday’s Hastings Observer for a full report. Elsewhere in the top flight, leaders Preston Nomads chalked up their seventh win of the campaign in some comfort at bottom club Worthing and second-placed Horsham suffered something of a shock away to Chichester Priory Park.

Third-placed Cuckfield got the better of Three Bridges and it was a bad weekend for second-bottom Brighton & Hove, who were beaten by Roffey on Saturday and the Sussex Development XI on Sunday. Priory are just 11 points behind Cuckfield with a game in hand and 24 ahead of the two relegation places.

Standings (played-points): 1 Preston Nomads 10-245, 2 Horsham 10-212, 3 Cuckfield 11-187, 4 HASTINGS PRIORY 10-176, 5 Chichester Priory Park 11-172, 6 Roffey 11-166, 7 Three Bridges 11-163, 8 East Grinstead 10-156, 9 Brighton & Hove 11-152, 10 Worthing 11-150.