Wernars hits ton in Priory draw

Team picture and individual head and shoulders shots of the Hastings Priory Cricket Team at Horntye Park, Bohemia road, Hastings.'23.04.11.'Picture by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY 'Kirk Wernars

Team picture and individual head and shoulders shots of the Hastings Priory Cricket Team at Horntye Park, Bohemia road, Hastings.'23.04.11.'Picture by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY 'Kirk Wernars

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Kirk Wernars smashed a tremendous hundred as Hastings Priory had the better of their top-of-the-table clash on Saturday.

The South African talent, who is playing for Sussex in their LV County Championship match against Yorkshire currently, amassed 167 not out from 163 balls with 21 fours and two sixes.

County colleague Matt Machan made 76 from 70 and Harry Finch added 55 as Priory rattled up 318-3 from 55 overs having been given first knock at Horntye Park Sports Complex.

Nomads reached 241-7 in reply with Jack Parsons and Mick Glazier bagging two wickets each, meaning Priory extended their lead at the top of the Premier Division table to nine points.

Elsewhere, Bexhill lost by four wickets away to Worthing in Division Two. Bexhill scored 187-9 batting first thanks largely to a superb 109 from Tim Hambridge. Worthing got home fairly comfortably despite Mark Steketee taking 3-67.

Sidley won the Division Three (East) derby at home to Crowhurst Park by eight wickets. Martin Menezes top-scored with 78 as Park totalled 243 batting first, while Neil Priddy took 6-99.

Paul Swannell, who arrived late after being stuck on the M25, spearheaded Sidley’s successful run chase with an unbeaten 106. John Haffenden hit 62 and Priddy clubbed 70 not out. Ed Smissen took both wickets to fall.

Full reports on each of these matches will appear in Friday’s Observers.

Standings (played five matches unless stated) - Premier Division: 1 HASTINGS PRIORY 133pts, 2 Horsham 124, 3 Preston Nomads 123, 4 East Grinstead 110, 5 Roffey 92, 6 Brighton & Hove (6) 90, 7 Eastbourne 81, 8 Chichester Priory Park (6) 64, 9 Pulborough 40, 10 Three Bridges 38.

Division 2: 1 Cuckfield 129, 2 Worthing 112, 3 Haywards Heath 106, 4 St James’s Montefiore 104, 5 Goring By Sea 93, 6 Glynde & Beddingham 89, 7 BEXHILL 69, 8 Ifield 69, 9 Stirlands 43, 10 Lewes Priory 39.

Division 3 (East): 1 Lindfield 110, 2 SIDLEY 108, 3 Seaford 103, 4 Burgess Hill 94, 5 Hellingly 92, 6 CROWHURST PARK 84, 7 Uckfield Anderida (4) 78, 8 Keymer & Hassocks 65, 9 Crawley 64, 10 Ansty (4) 57.