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Davies demands more from Roffey after second consecutive T20 Cup final defeat

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Matt Davies wants Roffey to be ‘more than just a successful league side’ after the Boars fell to a narrow 12 run loss against Eastbourne in Sunday’s T20 Cup final.

Bourne, electing to bat, posted 159-6 off their allotted 20 overs as Malcolm Johnson smashed 64 off 45 balls.

Rohit Jagota (56 off 35) put Roffey in control but a match-winning performance from Joe Pocklington (3-20) reduced the Boars to 147-6 off their allotted overs to see the trophy head to the south coast.

Roffey have now suffered two consecutive T20 Cup final defeats – the Boars were beaten by East Grinstead on fewer wickets lost in 2018 after the scores were level – and Davies rued another ‘huge disappointment’ in the competition.

He said: “It is a huge disappointment not to win. We are all absolutely gutted and will be for a while.

“It’s been a decent season for us, especially going unbeaten in the league. However, we want to be more than just a successful league side.

“The gap between us and the other sides in recent years has been huge. We haven’t been anywhere near our best this season and yet we’ve won another league title.”

Eastbourne openers James Hockley (22) and Johnson put on 32 before Hockley was run out by Mike Norris.

Johnson and Scott Lenham (16) bludgeoned 73 at two to motor the total to 105. But a pair of stumpings off the excellent Luke Barnard (3-31) pegged Bourne back to 131-4.

David Twine (two) and Alastair Orr (12 off seven) were the last wickets to fall before the inning’s end.

The reply saw openers Ben Manenti (29 off 17) and Jagota build a 44 run partnership. The Australian seemed to be finding his groove but he was caught off the bowling of Scott Lenham (1-21).

Jagota and Jibran Khan (43) then took the game by the scruff of the neck. The pair crashed 58 at two to power Roffey to 102 before Jagota was trapped lbw by Archie Lenham (1-30).

Khan and Norris (ten) added 33 for the third-wicket, to see the total at 135, but a devastating spell from Pocklington curtailed Roffey as the Boars went from 135-2 to 147-5.

Henry Crocombe (1-29) bowled Khan with the final ball of the game to spark jubilation for Eastbourne.

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Davies added: “It was a pretty poor performance from us with the ball and then in the latter stages with the bat. We allowed them to get to a total that was more than it should’ve been.

“With five overs to go we were heavy favourites but Eastbourne dragged themselves back into the game and were good enough to get the win.

“Rohit’s innings was brilliant but, apart from against the new ball, we struggled to score at a quick enough rate to take the game away from them.”

After Sunday’s final, Davies revealed that talismanic Australian Ben Manenti may not be returning to Roffey in 2020.

The all-rounder has had a marvellous 2019 Premier Division season. Manenti was the division’s tenth-highest run scorer, 645 runs at an average of 40.31, and the seventh-highest wicket-taker, 26 wickets at an average of 22.77.

With Manenti set to return back to his homeland Davies hailed the Australian’s impact over his four year stint at the Boars.

Davies said: “Ben has some decisions to make in the winter. Chances are we may not see him back in a Roffey shirt next season.

“He’s been absolutely fantastic for us in his four seasons, both on the field and off the field. He is loved by everyone at the club and we all wish him the best of luck back in Sydney.

“Not many clubs will share a bond like Roffey does with Ben, I’ve no doubt that he will succeed wherever he plays.

“On behalf of the whole club, all we can say is thank you.”

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Volunteers recognised at annual awards at Sussex Cricket

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At the largest event in the awards’ history, 200 of the hardest working volunteers in the recreational game from across Sussex assembled for the NatWest Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards (OSCAs) ceremony at the 1st Central County Ground on Friday.

Each year, the Sussex Cricket Foundation host those who have been nominated by their fellow volunteers for making a huge contribution to the development of cricket in their area. Six nationally recognised awards were handed out during the evening’s proceedings, in addition to two Sussex awards for ‘All Stars Cricket Activator of the Year’ & ‘Groundsman of the Year’. Pictured are the winners below

Kaleigh Pavitt (Hailsham CC & East Dean & Friston CC) - Young Volunteer of the Year

Kaleigh Pavitt (Hailsham CC & East Dean & Friston CC) – Young Volunteer of the Year

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Greg Denton (Sussex Cricket deputy head groundsman) (l) & Ian Paine (Eastergate CC)

Greg Denton (Sussex Cricket deputy head groundsman) (l) & Ian Paine (Eastergate CC)

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Kieran Baker (West Wittering CC) Young Volunteer of the Year 14-18 years old

Kieran Baker (West Wittering CC) Young Volunteer of the Year 14-18 years old

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Ollie Smith (Sussex Cricket All Stars Cricket coordinator) (left) & All Stars Activator of the Year Henry Branson (East Dean & Friston CC)

Ollie Smith (Sussex Cricket All Stars Cricket coordinator) (left) & All Stars Activator of the Year Henry Branson (East Dean & Friston CC)

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Sussex turned down in bid to use Jofra Archer as promotion campaign comes to boil

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Sussex head coach Jason Gillespie praised his players for a win at Bristol that’s got them back in the hunt for county championship promotion – then revealed he had been turned down in a bid to get Jofra Archer released by England after the Ashes ends.

Gillespie said Sussex would go into the final two games – starting away to Derbyshire on Monday – happy to rely on their existing squad and not bringing in any new overseas men as some counties were doing.

But they won’t be able to use Archer, who has had a hectic summer with England and who starred at The Oval on Friday taking 6-62 as England bowled out Australia.

Talking about the division two promotion race, Gillespie said: “We are aware of the situation – if we win our last three games, then we have a great chance of getting to Division One. We’ve had an up and down season, but are coming good at the right time.

“I think our defeat against Durham was a turning point. Being bowled out for less than 100 was unacceptable and we’ve scored a lot more runs since then.

“Scoring runs on the pitches at Bristol is never easy and I was pleased with the way the guys applied themselves, particularly in the first innings. Winning in Bristol is hard to do and we have to be pleased with this result.

“I thought the bowlers were really disciplined as a group and that is something we need to take into the next game. It made a change for us not to rely on Ollie Robinson alone to take the wickets.”

Gillespie added: “I’ve asked Trevor Bayliss if we can have Jofra Archer back for the last game, but the answer was no. That’s fair enough, it was what I expected. We had a bit of a joke about it one the phone. We’ve decided not to bring in another overseas players for the last few games, like some of the other counties have done. We’ll go with what we’ve got.”

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Inaugural Sussex Slam to include historic cup competitions

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The Sussex Slam is delighted to confirm that both the historic Mirfield and Gullick Cups will be a key part of the competition.

Each Slam region will split into knockout stages after the initial group stages to crown both championship and plate winners who will go onto the Countywide finals’ day to compete against their equivalents from other regions.

The Sussex Slam has confirmed that the region that includes the Horsham district area will compete for the Mirfield Cup at the championship level and the Gullick Cup will see its winners enter that regions Plate knockout phase.

Sussex Slam competition manager Matt Camp said: “There is a significant amount of cricketing history across Sussex and it is imperative that The Slam embraces that but at the same time builds upon it for the sake of our game’s future.

“As such I am delighted that we are able to work with Chris Shambrook (Gullick Cup competition manager) to both resurrect the Mirfield Cup and provide some of the many benefits of The Slam to the successful Gullick Cup.”

The Sussex Slam is a midweek T20 cricket competition starting in summer 2020 and follows on from a successful launch in Surrey in 2018.

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