Cuckfield battled back from 25-4 to post 249-9 against reigning champions Roffey on Saturday, but ended up losing the high-scoring game.
Cuckfield won the toss and elected to bat at Roffey on a good looking pitch.
This seemed to have been an error of judgement as the top four batsmen were dismissed in single figures leaving Cuckfield reeling on 25 for 4 in the 12th over. As he had been in these team's earlier meeting, George Fleming was the chief protagonist with the ball - with figures of 3/6 at this stage. Tom Weston and Chris Mole found themselves having to rebuild, and that's exactly what they did, playing a patient game and dispatching anything loose.
Roffey's Luke Barnard bore the brunt of the big hitting from Mole, but he got his revenge as Mole went for one big shot too many and was bowled for 48, ending a 107 run partnership. At 132 for 5 the Cuckfield recovery was on a knife edge, but Harry Clark joined Weston and proved a more than adequate replacement for Mole. Weston continued to punish Barnard, but that also became his downfall as he was caught for 64.
The party continued for Barnard as he dispatched Wisdom in short order leaving Clark and Nick Patterson at the crease on 159 for 7. Patterson played a swashbuckling innings at one end while Clark accumulated watchfully at the other end. The entertainment came to an end as Patterson tried to hit Barnard over the line for the 7th time and was caught for 39 off 24 balls. Clark brought up his first Premier League 50 off the last ball of Cuckfield’s 58 overs to set a competitive total of 249 for 9. Fleming took 4/68 and Barnard 4/107.
An early wicket for Jamie Hutchings, dismissing Roffey overseas, Liam Gibson for 1, gave Cuckfield an early edge. The going got tough for Cuckfield after that though as Theo Rivers and Alex Southon built a partnership with runs being scored all round the ground. This partnership of 92 was brought to an end by Josh Hayward as Southon was stumped by Gayler for 28. Usman Khan joined Rivers and he put Cuckfield to the sword including taking 24 runs off one Hayward over before being dispatched by the returning Hutchings for a run-a-ball 63, clocking up a 99 partnership with Rivers.
With Roffey only needing 58 runs from 14 overs with 7 wickets in hand, the game looked over for Cuckfield. Three quick wickets changed the feel of the game as Hutchings trapped big hitting Rohit Jagota lbw and then Hayward dismissed Rivers for 90 and Matt Davies for 3. Josh Fleming joined Chris Webb and the pair calmed things down before Fleming was caught by sub fielder (Roffey captain Matt Davies) off Hayward, ending a 30 run partnership and taking Roffey to within sight of victory. A run out by Chris Mole removed Webb (25) leaving Roffey 8 wickets down needing 3 runs to win from 3 balls. George Fleming hit a 4 on the penultimate ball of the game to complete the victory for Roffey. Hayward took 4/93 and Hutchings took 3/50.
Cuckfield 2nd XI v Roffey 2nd XI
Roffey won the toss and elected to bat at Cuckfield. Matt Denyer quickly bowled opener Luke Donegan for a duck. The rest of the top order rallied, however as Jordan Bell (57), Ollie Rivers (57) and Sachin Naik (44) helped Roffey to 235 for 8 from 52 overs. Matt Denyer took 4/48 and Goff Baker 2/71.
Dominic Sear (39) and Tom Morrissey (37) opened up for Cuckfield and set a foundation. Tom Mole (54*) anchord the rest of the Cuckfield innings, but wickets fell regularly and Cuckfield ended their 48 overs 32 runs short of the Roffey total 7 wickets down. Marc Pavlovic took 3/27 and Tom Barnes 2/27.
Cuckfield 3rd XI v Dormansland 1st XI
Dormansland won the toss and put Cuckfield into bat at the St Clair Ground. Will Rossiter (30) and Iain Pringle (19) put on 48 for the second wicket, but the rest of the top order didn’t fire. A middle order partnership of 41 from Dan Turner (28) and Chris Osborne (25) helped Cuckfield to 162 for 9 from their 47 overs. For Dormansland Thomas Nickols took 3/32 and Iain Sharp 2/18. Dormansland knocked off the runs inside 25 overs for just two wickets as Nickols (43) and Alex Pelling (83) put on 100 for the first wicket. Ed Catt (2/31) took both of Cuckfield’s only wickets.
Cuckfield 4th XI v Dormansland 2nd XI
Cuckfield won the toss and elected to bat first at Cuckfield. Tom Wright opened up and batted through the Cuckfield innings making 83 not out. He was supported along the way by Andy Middleton (24), Mike Caidan (23), Will Temple-Smith (23) and Tom Bonanate (31) as Cuckfield made 219 for 7 from their 47 overs. John Henley took 5/69 for Dormansland. The Dormansland innings started well with all of the top order getting in - John Miles (49), Nick Hellier (52), Michael Watson (32) and John Holman (41). With the hard yards done, the lower order was left with very little to do, but five ducks saw Dormansland bowled out just 1 short of the Cuckfield total as Will Rogers took 3/48 and Mike Caidan 4/12.