Rye clinched the East Sussex Cricket League title with a win at nearby Iden on Saturday.
Newick’s season-long attempt to catch their championship rivals has ultimately ended in valiant failure, despite their 10th win of the season with a home victory over Seaford.
With one round of league fixtures to go Newick are 36 points behind Rye.
Therefore, even if Rye for some reason conceded their final game, at home to Heathfield Park (and were so docked the statutory five points), and Newick picked up a maximum 30-point win at Ditchling, the Salts outfit would still have enough points to finish top.
Newick were put in at the King George V Playing Fields and made 208-8 declared, with Mark Symonds hitting 53 and Matt Sawyer 49. John P Smith took 4-56 for Seaford.
In reply Seaford were all out for 199, just nine runs short of parity. Captain and opener Oliver Smith made 58.
But any hopes of taking the title chase into the last weekend were dashed when news came through that Rye had beaten their local rivals by seven wickets at Iden’s Church Lane Park venue. Iden’s target of 205 from 48.1 overs proved inadequate in the face of Rye’s Sandun Dias, who smashed a magnificent 120 not out in just 92 balls, recording 15 fours and four sixes in the process.
At the bottom Ringmer (214 points), Buxted Park (233), St Peters (234) and Iden (240) all must try to avoid finishing in the bottom two relegation places after tomorrow’s games.
Ringmer visit high-flying Plumpton and Buxted host mid-table Seaford, but Saints and Iden take on each other at St Peters’ Preston Park venue.
Ringmer lost by six wickets to Ditchling, with Andy Cramp’s 55 in Ringmer’s 185-9 still not enough to avoid defeat. David Taylor took 5-63 for Ditchling who then replied with 188-4 as opener Jonathan Atkinson struck 63 not out.
Buxted Park drew at Saints. The visitors made 163-9 on insertion before the hosts replied with 144-9. Colin Coddington took 6-70 for Buxted.
Mid-table Heathfield Park won by three wickets at home to Plumpton. Put in, Plumpton made 154-9 before Heathfield replied with 155-7.
Plumpton (281 points) will hope to beat Ditchling (283) and Seaford (275) into third.
See this Friday’s Sussex Express for a full preview of what the final weekend of fixtures means for each of the East Sussex League’s 13 divisions.