Nomads notch their fourth title success in the past six years

Preston Nomads have clinched the Premier League title for the fourth time in six years and Saturday’s results mean they have done it with two games still to play.

Their five-wicket win at home to Hastings left the visitors to scrap it out for runners up spot with East Grinstead, who won a low scoring game at Three Bridges.

The two relegated clubs will come from Worthing, Chichester or Brighton, although Bridges and Roffey are still not mathematically safe.

On Saturday Nomads bowled out Hastings for just 129 in 48.4 overs, with Patrick Spencer taking 6-41 and Carl Simon 3-38, Jake Woolley with 43 was top scorer for the visitors.

Nomads then won the game in the 24th over as Joe Gatting hit 61 not out and skipper Jeremy Green made 31.

Horsham enjoyed a seven-wicket victory at home to Brighton, whom they dismissed for just 140, of which Guy Williamson made 32 and Chris Atherton 20. Once again it was Michael Munday’s leg spin that did the damage with6-36.

In reply Horsham cruised to 141-3 with 56 not out from skipper Craig Gallagher and 40 from Ben Shoare.

East Grinstead’s bowlers found the Three Bridges pitch a great ally in bowling out the home side for just 101.

Bradley Gayler was top scorer with 42, as Will Adkin took 3-22 and Craig Fowle 3-13.

In reply Grinstead also found runs hard to come by before eventually winning by three wickets as Adkin made 39 not out and Victor Davies took 4-36.

The remaining two games were affected by the rain.

Chichester had made 177-8 against Roffey when rain ended play. Mark Bamford hit 97 as Matt Davies took 3-5.

At Cuckfield the home side made 225-4 declared with 105 not out from Cameron Borgas and 63 from Oliver Altenhorf.

When rain finally washed out play,Worthing had reached 42-1.