Cricket – Sussex Premier League – Sunday 24th August 2014
Roffey 249-6 declared Sussex Development XI 121 all out
Roffey won by 128 runs
LEADERS ROFFEY TEACH THE ACADEMY
by Martin Read
Roffey went from rags to riches – from a Saturday crushing to administering the severest corporal punishment on theSussex Academy on Sunday. Thrusting to reclaim top spot, Roffey with rekindled confidence posted a demanding target after winning the toss. Theo Rivers (70) and Mike Norris (43) batted the side into a sound position after the loss of an early wicket. And, at 130-4 the stage was set for Rohit Jagota and Kuldeep Rawat to push on, Rohit scoring 63 with 5 fours and 3 sixes and Kuldeep a run a ball unbeaten 59, Elliot Hooper taking 3-78.
In reply the Academy reached 89-1, Horsham’s Ben Shoare contributing 38, but when Philip Salt’s bludgeoning came to an end on 51 they never looked likely to win. Yet there was little hint of impending drama – until Rohit took a miserly
4-10 and Kuldeep 3-36, nine wickets crashing for 32 runs, featuring a suicidal run out and a stunning game-changing catch by Chris Webb. There was no question of a draw, Roffey steamrollering the Academy into another collapse, despite Beck Hemingway’s brave attempt to delay the inevitable, coming in at number 11 with a badly bruised shoulder sustained in a vain endeavour to pull off a boundary catch. Mike Norris latched onto a stinger in the slips to terminate the Academy’s misery captain Josh Fleming saying: “It was great to bounce back so quickly after yesterday. The wicket was dry and not that straightforward and I thought perhaps we’d got too many runs but although Salt whacked it everywhere for a while, Rohit bowled accurately again enabling me to put men all round the bat.”
Roffey now head the table on 353 points and next Saturday (30th) – in the penultimate round of games – have a tough away encounter with second placed Preston Nomads (328) while East Grinstead (third on 316) travel to strugglers Bexhill.