Chichester win the battle of the Priory teams

Having not won at Hastings Priory for close to ten years, Chichester Priory Park were delighted to come home with a victory - and third place in the Sussex Premier

Some of the older team members wondered whether history would repeat itself while some of the youngsters noted a weakened Hastings worthy of beating.

Captain Richard Browning lost the toss and his side were asked to field - for the sixth game in a row.

The wicket looked far better than it played. The white glow of a strip played more like a cut of marshland as opening bowlers Matthew Geffen and Browning found out.

There was little in the way of pace and the bounce was varied, which disheartened the seam duo but suited the slower bowlers.

Hastings got a reasonable start given the conditions before Jake Woolley and Harry Finch confused each other in the middle and Woolley was run out for 13, which sparked a run of wickets.

Finch was the mainstay but part-time slow bowler Justin Scott took the prize wicket with a lovely inswinging delivery that saw Finch depart lbw for 37.

James Stedman, the bowler best suited for this wicket, came to the fore and, apart from a quickfire 44 from captain George Campbell, he damaged the home side with a superb spell of bowling, eventually finishing with a deserved five for 45 - his first five-wicket haul of the season.

This left Chichester with a challenging chase on an improving wicket, needing 223 to win.

They got off to a flyer as they often do with Mark Bamford and Chris Kirkham leading the way. They dispatched a weak bowling attack all around Horntye Park and raced along to 120 without loss, setting an ideal platform for the win.

Kirkham hauled out to Kyle Adcock on the long-on boundary off Academy spinner Elliott Hooper for 54 and the visitors lost Ashton Turner, Richard Browning, Jay Hartard and Simon Hasted for single figures.

Fortunately Bamford was still going strong and a vital partnership with Sussex hopeful Beck Hemingway (28) took Chichester close.

Bamford departed for a fantastic knock of 123, his first Premier League hundred for a number of years, and it was left to Justin Scott and John Edwards to take the visitors over the line.

They host East Grinstead in Priory Park this Saturday.