Lewes Priory’s first match in the Sussex Cricket League 1st XI Division Three (East) since their fall through the divisions didn’t go well.
Priory, who only three years ago were in the Sussex Premier Division, went down by 90 runs at home to Ansty.
Having put their opponents in at the Stanley Turner Ground, Lewes restricted the Mid Sussex outfit to a fairly modest 145-9 in 53 overs. Only Darren Senadhira, with 47, made any contribution of note with the bat.
However, Priory’s batting woes of recent seasons returned to haunt them as they were skittled out for just 55 in barely 22 overs. Joe Warren, batting at No 8, was the only Lewes man to reach double figures, with 11, but even he was outscored by Extras, with 14.
Sam Palser took 5-15 in seven overs.
With many outfields in the county still too wet to play on from the recent heavy rains, only two of the other four games in Division Three (East) went ahead: Crowhurst Park won by nine wickets at home to Burgess Hill and Crawley won by eight wickets away to Lindfield.
The big local derby between Hellingly and Seaford, and Keymer & Hassocks’ game with Henfield, were both victims of the weather.
Glynde and Beddingham’s match in 1st XI Division Two was called off on Friday, due to a flooded ground at Three Bridges.
The only games to go ahead in their division were Goring By Sea’s two wicket win away to Findon and Ifield’s seven wicket win at home to Pulborough.
Cuckfield v Haywards Heath and St James’s Montefiore v Sidley were both called off.
Three of the five games in the 1st XI Premier Division went ahead: Bexhill drew with Eastbourne, Brighton & Hove won by 25 runs away to East Grinstead and Preston Nomads won by 11 runs at home to Chichester Priory Park.
Horsham v Hastings Priory and Roffey v Worthing were both called off.
This coming Saturday, Glynde 1st XI will finally hope to get their Division 2 campaign underway with a home match with St James’s Montefoire while on Sunday the side have their first game in the Yorkshire Tea Village Cup competition when they they travel to Plumpton & East Chiltington.