Priory win again to hit front

Mick Glazier
Mick Glazier

Reigning champions Hastings Priory have gone top of the Sussex Cricket League.

Priory won by four wickets in a low-scoring Premier League game away to East Grinstead on Saturday to overtake a Horsham side beaten by Preston Nomads.

Spin bowlers Mick Glazier and Josh Poysden took four wickets each as Grinstead were all out for 138 batting first before Matt Machan hit 47 and Adam Maharaj-Newman 30 to guide Priory home.

Bexhill picked up a welcome five-wicket victory at home to fellow Premier League new boys Worthing. Callum Guest took 4-55 as Worthing made 229-9 batting first, while Andrew Harriott made 74, Guest 55 and Malcolm Johnson 54 in reply.

Sidley were pipped off the final ball of an incredible Division Two game at home to Glynde & Beddingham. Neil Priddy made 132 not out and Paul Swannell 136 not out as Sidley amassed 351-4 declared batting first, yet it wasn’t quite enough.

Crowhurst Park have gone top of Division Three (East) after seeing off Keymer & Hassocks by nine wickets. Richard Coleman took 3-3 as Keymer were all out for 164 batting first and Martin Barry smashed 105 in reply.

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

Standings (played four matches unless stated) – Premier League: 1 HASTINGS PRIORY 86pts, 2 Horsham 81, 3 Roffey 77, 4 Brighton & Hove (5) 71, 5 Preston Nomads 68, 6 Chichester Priory Park 56, 7 East Grinstead 55, 8 BEXHILL 49, 9 Worthing 40, 10 Eastbourne 25.

Division 2: 1 Three Bridges 78pts, 2 Ifield 61, 3 Cuckfield 59, 4 Haywards Heath 59, 5 Glynde & Beddingham 57, 6 Goring By Sea 54, 7 Findon 52, 8 Pulborough 50, 9 St James’s Montefiore 42, 10 SIDLEY 34.

Division 3 (East): 1 CROWHURST PARK 90pts, 2 Crawley 84, 3 Ansty 79, 4 Lewes Priory 60, 5 Keymer & Hassocks 56, 6 Seaford 55, 7 Hellingly 52, 8 Burgess Hill 52, 9 Linfield 32, 10 Henfield 32.