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Hastings trip for Middleton

Middleton CC face a long trip to Hastings tomorrow as they look to bounce back from a disappointing start to the Sussex Premier season.

 

Sean Heather’s side suffered a heavy 164-run defeat to Roffey at home on the opening day of the season.

 

Middleton now must try pick themselves up ahead of the trip to Hastings & St Leonards tomorrow (midday).

 

Having picked up just six points from their first match, Heather’s XI will want to make sure they do not lose too much ground on the teams above them.

 

Things started badly against Roffey, a side that finished second in 2017.

 

With big scores from Theo Rivers (65), Ben Manenti (60) and Jibran Khan (55), the visitors posted an imposing score of 281 for 7 in their 50 overs. In reply, Middleton never really got going. With only four players registering double figure scores, they were skittled out for 117 in just 31 overs.

 

In Division Two, Chichester Priory Park made a good start to life in the league by chalking up a 47-run win over Lindfield.

 

After being put into bat at Goodwood, Joe De La Fuente top scored with 44 in Chi’s total of 197-7 in 45 overs.

 

Priory started quickly, with the ball with Matthew Geffen (3-41) and Jay Hartard (3-24) leading the attack. The visitors were eventually dismissed for 150, leading to a comfortable Chi win. Next up is a trip to Bexhill tomorrow (12.30pm).

 

Fellow Division Two side Bognor did not start the season as well despite an excellent 74 from Joel Baker.

 

After putting hosts Haywards Heath in to bat, the home side registered 248 all out with Tom Woolnough taking 4 for 40.

 

But Bognor were unable to get near the target despite Baker’s half-century, being bowled out for 183.

 

Next up is a home match against Mayfield at the Regis Oval tomorrow (12.30pm).

 

In Division Three West, Pagham will be looking to make it two wins from two as they host Roffey 2nds tomorrow (12.30pm).

 

The Nyetimber Lane side beat Worthing by three wickets in their opener with Rico Webb putting in an excellent all round display. After taking 4-32, he scored 56 to guide Pagham home.

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