Priory lose ground on leaders

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