Roffey get title defence underway with victory from jaws of defeat

ROFFEY CRICKET CLUB
HORSHAM

ROFFEY V BRIGHTON
BRIGHTON WERE BATTING

LIAM SMITH - GREEN HELMET
BRYCE HOUSME - OTHER BATSMAN
BOWLER FROM ROFFEY - 
LEE HARRISON - STRIPPED BOTTOM OF JUMPER SUS-170605-200436008
ROFFEY CRICKET CLUB HORSHAM ROFFEY V BRIGHTON BRIGHTON WERE BATTING LIAM SMITH - GREEN HELMET BRYCE HOUSME - OTHER BATSMAN BOWLER FROM ROFFEY - LEE HARRISON - STRIPPED BOTTOM OF JUMPER SUS-170605-200436008
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Roffey got their Premier Division title defence under way by snatching victory out of the jaws of defeat in dramatic last-ball drama against Brighton & Hove.

The home side were close to defeat, only levelling the scores on 270 on the final ball and winning by virtue of losing fewer wickets.

ROFFEY CRICKET CLUB
HORSHAM

ROFFEY V BRIGHTON
BRIGHTON WERE BATTING

LIAM SMITH - GREEN HELMET
BRYCE HOUSME - OTHER BATSMAN
BOWLER FROM ROFFEY - 
LEE HARRISON - STRIPPED BOTTOM OF JUMPER SUS-170605-200345008

ROFFEY CRICKET CLUB HORSHAM ROFFEY V BRIGHTON BRIGHTON WERE BATTING LIAM SMITH - GREEN HELMET BRYCE HOUSME - OTHER BATSMAN BOWLER FROM ROFFEY - LEE HARRISON - STRIPPED BOTTOM OF JUMPER SUS-170605-200345008

Roffey captain Matt Davies admitted that his side’s performance wasn’t of the highest quality, but was satisfied to at least scrape a victory on the opening day.

He said: “It was a disappointing all-round performance. We batted well but our fielding performance was average; however, we performed poorly and still got the result which is the most important thing.”

Last season’s champions chose to field first and were unable to stamp their authority on the game and were struggling to break through the away team’s early batting order.

Bryce Hounsome (36) and Liam Smith (35) put on 62 for the first wicket, while Chris Grammer (36) boosted the score to 167-5.

ROFFEY CRICKET CLUB
HORSHAM

ROFFEY V BRIGHTON
BRIGHTON WERE BATTING

LIAM SMITH - GREEN HELMET
BRYCE HOUSME - OTHER BATSMAN
BOWLER FROM ROFFEY - 
LEE HARRISON - STRIPPED BOTTOM OF JUMPER SUS-170605-200555008

ROFFEY CRICKET CLUB HORSHAM ROFFEY V BRIGHTON BRIGHTON WERE BATTING LIAM SMITH - GREEN HELMET BRYCE HOUSME - OTHER BATSMAN BOWLER FROM ROFFEY - LEE HARRISON - STRIPPED BOTTOM OF JUMPER SUS-170605-200555008

Jack Chopping then led the way for his side scoring 69 not out, guiding his team to a total of 270-8.

With the ball, Leigh Harrison, George Fleming and Luke Barnard all took two wickets apiece. Roffey came out looking to reach target set by the visitors.

An impressive early partnership from Josh Fleming (50) and Jibran Khan of 126 inspired their side to kick on and finish the game with 270-6, thanks to contributions by Chris Webb (24) and Alex Southern (24*).

Khan managed 78 runs off 95 balls before eventually being bowled by Chopping.

ROFFEY CRICKET CLUB
HORSHAM

ROFFEY V BRIGHTON
BRIGHTON WERE BATTING

LIAM SMITH - GREEN HELMET
BRYCE HOUSME - OTHER BATSMAN
BOWLER FROM ROFFEY - 
LEE HARRISON - STRIPPED BOTTOM OF JUMPER SUS-170605-200413008

ROFFEY CRICKET CLUB HORSHAM ROFFEY V BRIGHTON BRIGHTON WERE BATTING LIAM SMITH - GREEN HELMET BRYCE HOUSME - OTHER BATSMAN BOWLER FROM ROFFEY - LEE HARRISON - STRIPPED BOTTOM OF JUMPER SUS-170605-200413008

Davies was full of praise for Khan and said: “Jib was our stand-out performer, without him it could have been a different story.”

Roffey make the long journey to Bexhill on Saturday and Davies is under no illusions about the difficulty of the game, despite them losing their first match.

He added: “Bexhill is always a difficult place to go as they always play well at home. We are expecting a tough game but if we concentrate on ourselves and on our own game we are confident of coming away with a positive result.”