Cricket: Pagham in top gear ... Bognor are held

Bognor's Graham Bush
Bognor's Graham Bush

Ansty were invited to bat at Pagham in Sussex League division three and made a poor start losing their first seven wickets for only 51 runs.

The main destroyer was Nabid Rahman, who took four wickets and was well-supported by Peter Cotterill, who took two.

Ansty recovered thanks to Jonathan Young (58) and Richard Smith (31) and were 123 all out in the 38th over.

In reply Pagham made a good start, reaching 30 before Sri Lankan Nilushan Nonis was adjudged caught behind down the leg-side.

Out-of-form Joe Metz joined skipper Stuart Rutter and Pagham seemed to be cruising at 76 for one.

But as is their habit of late, wickets started to fall at regular intervals – thanks in part to poor shot selection.

Mike Hales showed batting sensibly on a difficult wicket was the way forward and he saw Pagham home with six wickets down. Stuart Rutter (41) top-scored and Hales finished 25 not out.

With other results going Pagham’s way, they now find themselves top of division three.

Bognor v Glynde and Beddingham

Bognor won the toss and elected to bowl – and that proved to seamer Graham Bush’s liking.

The lithe paceman ran through Glynde’s top order taking five quick wickets and left the opposition on 96 for eight. However a rain delay seemed to rejuvenate Glynde as Stuart Mouland counter-attacked with 71 and was well supported by Adam Davies (29) as Glynde finished on 196 all out.

Bush was supreme for Bognor taking eight for 70.

In reply, Bognor’s batsman all got a start only to get themselves out. The robust Jim Fallick top scored with 39 and found help from Charlie La Foret (29no) but Bognor didn’t quite make the finishing line, ending on 177 for nine.

Adam Davies took three for 28 and Dale Tranter three for 64 for Glynde as the game ended in a draw.

Bognor v Ifield

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Ifield were 20 for three after the powerplay ended, Charlie La Foret with an excellent two for seven. With support from Josh Broad (2-26) and Jim Fallick (2-6) with his rarely-used cutters, Ifield were bowled out for 119, Delray Rawlings top-scoring with 39.

Bognor skipper Luke Seward and diminutive wicketkeeper Ryan Maskell made merry as they scored a brisk 30 and 35 respectively.

With fine support from Zayne Bux (28no), Bognor reached their target with four and a half overs to spare and march onto the quarter-finals.

Steyning 2nds v Bognor 2nds

Bognor skipper Andy Lee won the toss and chose to bowl on a low Steyning track. Bognor’s seamers went to work reducing the opposition to 125 for seven, Andy McGregor snaffling four for 42 and Jim Lee taking two.

Peter Smith (52) and James Johnson (36) fought back for Steyning but fine leg-spin from Jamie Woolnough (3-16) saw Steyning all out for 186.

Bognor stuttered in reply and a fine knock of 66 from Adam Evans-Holmes saw Bognor push onwards, and with support from McGregor (31no) the game was well poised. However, the overs ran out and Bognor ended on 168 for nine, the game ending in a draw.