Cuckfield crash to third after draw in table-topping clash

Jordan Silk crashed a ton in Cuckfield's draw with Horsham on Saturday
Jordan Silk crashed a ton in Cuckfield's draw with Horsham on Saturday

Cuckfield Cricket Club’s Sussex Premier League title hopes were dealt a blow as they were held to a draw with league leaders Horsham on Saturday.

The game had high stakes for both teams with Horsham leading the way and Cuckfield a place and 15-points behind them.

However, the draw didn’t suit either side and Roffey’s win over Billingshurst saw them jump up two places to become the new league leaders.

Following the stalemate, Cuckfield drop a place to third, while Horsham also fell a place to second.

Jordan Silk struck an incredible 126 but that was not quote enough to ensure his team overcame table-toppers Horsham.

After being stuck in, Cuckfield lost opener Dominic Sear for 13.

Despite Sear falling, Silk stuck around making runs at a rampant pace.

Other than Sear and Silk none of their top four made double figures with Bradley Gayler (nine), Thomas Weston (seven) went to leave Cuckfield 77-3.

Silk and Marcus Campopiano shared a vital fourth-wicket stand of 77 to help them reach 150-4.

Once Campopiano went, Silk still stuck around reaching his century, while Harry Clark joined him sticking around.

Silk stunning knock finally came to an end having made 126 from 144 balls, including 13 fours and two sixes.

After Silk departed, Clark carried on making a quickfire 22 as Cuckfield called time on their innings declaring on 250-8 from 57.1 overs.

Michael Munday lead the way with four wickets for Horsham, while Tom Johnson claimed three.

The league leaders knew they would have to bat well if they were to record a victory.

Openers Joe Ludlow and Craig Gallagher gave their side some hope with a first-wicket stand of 77.

Gallagher was first to go after making 47 from just 46 deliveries as Horsham got off to a flying start.

Things got tough from that point, though, with Horsham’s middle-order collapsing.

Sam Attfield (nought), Michael Thornely (eight), James Johnson (seven) and Ollie Cross (eight) all fell cheaply as Horsham found themselves 150-5.

Despite seeing wickets tumble around him, opener Ludlow remained before eventually falling for 76.

That knock proved crucial, with his runs coming from 143 balls, with just eight fours struck.

When Ludlow went Horsham were in a slight bit of trouble at 163-6 but Tom Johnson stepped up and played a vital knock.

Johnson made 32 before falling as his side ended 195-8 from 52 overs as it ended in a draw.

Josh Hayward lead Cuckfield’s attack finishing with figures of 4-60, while Ben Candfield came away with three wickets.

That was not quite enough to gain Cuckfield a much-needed win to take them top of the division.

Cuckfield will be hoping to get their title charge back on track when they travel to Hastings & St.Leonards Priory on Saturday.

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