Bexhill beaten by new Premier leaders

Action from Bexhill's match against Preston Nomads
Action from Bexhill's match against Preston Nomads

BEXHILL picked up a reasonable haul of points despite slumping to a 61-run defeat at home to new leaders Preston Nomads in the Sussex Premier League.

Although they remain second-from-bottom in the standings, Bexhill have closed the gap to 10 points on Worthing who occupy the final position of safety.

Basement boys Eastbourne boosted their hopes of survival with a maximum points win over Chichester Priory Park.

Put into bat at The Polegrove, Nomads were all out for 220 off 57.3 overs. Rob Wakeford led the way with a top score of 63 with Kashif Ibrahim making a vital 32 lower down the order. For Bexhill, skipper Malcolm Johnson grabbed 4-65.

The home side was then dismissed for 159 despite the efforts of Jack Richardson who hit 73 off 74 balls. Much of the damage was done by Carl Simon who returned figures of 5-52 off 17 overs. Bexhill came away from the match with 12 points.

Sussex Premier League standings (played-points): Preston Nomads 14-285, Horsham 14-272, Hastings Priory 15-266, Roffey 15-248, East Grinstead 15-235, Chichester Priory Park 15-231, Brighton & Hove 15-225, Worthing 15-204, Bexhill 15-194, Eastbourne 14-173.

For a full match report see Friday’s Observer Sport.