West Sussex County Times

Lions defeat Hurst in Cup, Roffey crash out

- Martin Read & Matt Pole matt.pole@jpimedia.co.uk Follow @mjrpole on Twitter

The opening rounds of the Sussex T20 Cup on Saturday saw contrastin­g fates for Horsham CC and Roffey CC.

With rain a crucial factor, Horsham sailed through at Billingshu­rst CC, whereas strong contenders Roffey exited the competitio­n on day one.

At Billingshu­rst, the hosts had a relatively comfortabl­e win against Broadwater CC, Hurst posting 140-5, thanks to a bustling 58 from opener Paul Osborne – whose innings was terminated by a stunning catch by wicketkeep­er Steve Murphy - and 42 from Josh Wood, despite two economical wickets apiece from James Salisbury and James Horn.

At the mid-point of Broadwater’s reply they had reached 71-2, through 49 from Graham Waller, but, at 93-5, 48 runs were needed from the last five overs.

Graham Merritt-Blann was hitting freely - until Osborne caught him off a skyer for 31, allowing Hurst victory by 17-runs with skipper Mike Burroughs telling the County Times: “I didn’t think we’d got quite enough, but it’s great to get an early win!”

Horsham were inserted in the second game, and at 50-5 with the cream of their batting gone, and Simon Labbert injured and unable to continue, alarm bells rang, Alex Lowther taking 4-26.

Enter former captain Sam Attfield, whose unbeaten 41, including four fours and a six enabled Horsham to post a respectabl­e 121.

Earlier rain had freshened the wicket and, against the lifting ball, while there were five double figure contributi­ons, Hurst had no answer to economical bowling, Ed Bird (2-12) regularly beating the bat.

A smart Sam Bell stumping, an over-the-shoulder steepling catch by Tom Johnson, a clinical run out by Craig Gallagher, plus Paul Williams’ 3-20 and Ben Williams’ 2-13, secured a relatively comfortabl­e 18-run Horsham win.

Horsham captain Michael Thornely said: “We would have liked more runs, but we

were in the game as long as we bowled well – and we did. I couldn’t be happier!”

In the next round Horsham visit Goring CC on Sunday, May 30. Meanwhile they start their league campaign with a home match against Lindfield CC this Saturday (12.30pm).

At Cuckfield CC, Ifield CC chose to bat, Daniel Groves making an unbeaten 49, but, with four bowlers grabbing a wicket each, only two other batsmen reached double figures and the visitors’ 110-5 was insufficie­nt.

Although Alfie Pyle took 3-23, a 50-run opening partnershi­p between wicketkeep­er Bradley Gayler (21) and Joe Ludlow, anchoring the innings with 47 not out, allowed Cuckfield to ease home by five wickets with overs to spare.

Rain set in for the second game, with, crucially, strong cup contenders Roffey put in to bat with reduced overs.

Josh Hayward and Sam Candfield shared the wickets, but Roffey scored a useful looking 122 off 13 overs, courtesy of a rapid 50 from Mike Norris and 30 and 25 respective­ly from openers Rohit Jagota and re-signed Usman Khan.

More rain further truncated the game, with Cuckfield given nine overs to get 85

runs to win, which they did, comfortabl­y: an unbeaten 49 from Joe Ludlow sealing Roffey’s fate.

Disappoint­ed Roffey skipper Matt Davies said: “We batted well, but losing the toss was vital. The ground was rock hard and after heavy rain the ball was like a bar of soap and we didn’t bowl and field quite well enough.

“We’ll be concentrat­ing on the league now – and our big National Cup game v Reigate at home on May 15.”

Before that, Roffey seek swiftreven­gewhenCuck­field visit for the league opener this Saturday, 11.30am start.

Horsham Trinity CC advanced to the second round after 12-run win at Chippingda­le CC.

Trinity won the toss and elected to bat and were bowled out for 103 in 19.3 overs.

Opener Louie Donnelly top-scored for the visitors with 30 while Josh Bourne (326) was the pick of the Chipps bowlers.

The reply saw Trinity bowl out Chippingda­le for 91 in 19.2 overs. Leon Donnelly (3-23) was the star man with the ball for Trinity but their were good contributi­ons from Darren McDonald (212), Jamie Gandy (1-12), Ben Moir (1-21) and Jack Gold (122).

Trinity will travel to Slinfold CC’s conquerors Bognor Regis CC in round two on May 30.

Bognor beat the Rams at

home on Saturday by 37-runs, after they had seen off Findon CC earlier in the day.

Electing to bat after winning the toss, Bognor hit 1376 off their allotted 20 overs.

Joe Ashmore’s 47 helped propel Bognor to their total despite the best efforts of Slinfold’s Rilwan Mohamed (3-25).

A consummate bowling display from the hosts saw the Rams bowled out for 100 in 19.2 overs.

Mike Harris (3-14) and Sam Adams (3-21) did the damage for Bognor as Dan Smith top-scored for Slinfold with 19.

West Chiltingto­n & Thakeham CC are in to the next round after a convincing 53-run victory at Chichester Priory Park CC.

In a game affected by rain, Chilt won the toss and elected to bat. Buccaneeri­ng knocks from Ben Lucking (76 off 53 balls) and Charlie Davies (63 off 53 balls) powered the visitors to 198-3 off 20 overs.

The inclement weather saw Chi’s target revised to 159 in 16 overs. And the hosts were unable to catch Chilt as they finished 105-6,

Tom Saunders (2-19) and Reuben Taylor (2-26) were the star men for Chilt.

Chilt host Middleton CC on May 30.

 ??  ?? Action from Horsham CC’s T20 Cup win over Billingshu­rst CC
Pic: Owen Menzies-Black / instagram.com/OMWhite_photograph­y
Action from Horsham CC’s T20 Cup win over Billingshu­rst CC Pic: Owen Menzies-Black / instagram.com/OMWhite_photograph­y
 ??  ?? Roffey CC’s Rohit Jagota goes on the attack at Cuckfield CC
Roffey CC’s Rohit Jagota goes on the attack at Cuckfield CC

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