Cricket – Sussex Premier League – Saturday 19th July 2014
Brighton & Hove 250-8 declared Roffey 188-9
ROFFEY DRAW AND SLIP TO THIRD – JUST
by Martin Read
Brighton, determined to beat Roffey, rocked up with Matt Machan and Chris Liddle who had played for Sussex at Southampton the night before, but, despite Machan’s classy century and Liddle’s three wickets Roffey held out for a draw, albeit well short of victory. Put in, Brighton lost Sussex’s Sam Grant in the first over but lacked further success until Sperling was out for 65 after Rohit Jagota’s introduction. Rohit, 4-49, also accounted for Machan (116). Roffey were soon 39-3 and although six batsmen posted double figures, Jagota top scoring with 35, a serious challenge was never mounted, but could Brighton bowl Roffey out? Matt Wood took 5-37 but seven other bowlers, mostly medium pacers, bowled too few deliveries on target, no attempt being made to encourage Roffey to take risks by chasing the runs. The final over started at 8.05, Liddle bowling flat out in poor light, yet the first five balls were far too short and although George Fleming was out off the sixth Roffey survived confidently enough, skipper Josh Fleming saying: “It was a difficult track – damp at one end – and Matt Machan batted magnificently. He was the real difference, apart from Sperling no other batsman passed 17. We pulled it back, but then Wood bowled well. This was the first time we’ve really been outplayed this season.” With a game in hand Roffey are now four points adrift of new leaders Preston Nomads and on Saturday (26th) entertain basement club, winless Hastings.
(This report will be published in next Friday’s District Post and online at www.thedistrictpost.co.uk )