Glynde secure mid-table safety after last day win over Cuckfield

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GLYNDE finished safely in mid-table in 1st XI Division Two after finishing their season with a 33-run victory over Cuckfield.

Results elsewhere meant Glynde could not be dragged into an unlikely relegation spot on the last day of the season but the Recreation Ground outfit made sure they ended their campaign on a high.

For Glynde, who made 324-7 to Cuckfield’s 291, Chris Stanyard made 112 and Dom Shepheard 58, while Ollie Bailey took 4-103.

Despite their defeat Cuckfield still managed to hold on to the second promotion place, just four points ahead of third-placed St James’s Montefiore. Three Bridges had already clinched the Division Two title.

Goring By Sea escaped a relegation place on the last day by beating Ifield.

Instead Haywards Heath drop two places to take the second drop spot, ahead of already-relegated Sidley.

LEWES Priory’s valiant attempt to win 1st XI Division Three (East) ended with defeat away to Lindfield.

The defeat was academic anyway as leaders Crowhurst Park won away at Crawley to hold on to top spot. But it does mean Priory lost out on the runners-up spot to Ansty, who beat Hellingly at home. That defeat means Hellingly slump from mid-table to second bottom.

But Seaford’s hopes of avoiding the 1st XI Division Three (East) bottom spot ended with defeat away to Henfield.

BEXHILL held on to top spot in 2nd XI Division Two with victory at home to St James’s Montefiore. In a tight finish at the top of the table Haywards Heath held on to runners-up spot and the second promotion place with a home win over Pulborough.

Glynde’s mid-table finish fizzled out with defeat away to Roffey.

Sidley were all-but-guaranteed to finish bottom and defeat away at Findon confirmed this.

ALREADY-crowned champions of 2nd XI Division Three (East), Hellingly, celebrated their success in winning style with a last day win over Ansty at the Horsebridge Recreation Ground. Hellingly limited their visitors to 198-8 before reaching their target with just two wickets to spare.

Seaford ended their season in mid-table with a draw at home to Henfield, Michael Spragg’s 66 not out helping his side to hang on by one wicket as Seaford responded to Henfield’s 261-5 declared with 218-9 in their 49 overs.

Lewes Priory were condemned to finishing bottom but at least caught up by three points on the second-bottom side in the league, Crawley, in their four wicket defeat at home to Lindfield.

See this Friday’s Sussex Express for a full run-down on events on the last day of the cricket league season.