Start of cricket season still perfect for Pagham

Pagham have made an impressive start to the season  Picture by Louise Adams C130713-1

Pagham have made an impressive start to the season Picture by Louise Adams C130713-1

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On a blazing hot day, Pagham chose to insert visitors Wisborough Green on an ideal batting track, knowing this was their best chance of victory in their bid to stay top of division three west in the Sussex League.

The pace of Nabib Rahman, Sam Dickens and Mikey Hales was countered by a frankly lifeless pitch early on. It was up to Wayne Green (3-83) to chip away at batsman and induce mistakes.

Tim Sadler (70 from 146 balls) provided the backbone of the innings, yet he was never able to score freely such was the tight bowling and disciplined fielding.

Rahman returned late on and finished with two for 31 to limit the visitors to 187 for six.

Pagham’s reply got off to an explosive start as Jamal Fernandez (72 from 47 balls) and Joe Metz (31) played some sparkling shots, sharing a stand of 95.

Pagham were in control at 122 for two before wobbling to 133 for six, Byron Napper (3-77) being heavily involved in this collapse.

Michael Hales (27) played some shots that made a mockery of his No8 batting position and Joe Turner (22no) played the anchor role that saw Pagham home with the loss of two further wickets, meaning a third two-wicket win of the season.

This Pagham visit local rivals Bognor, looking to make it five wins out of five.

n Pagham seconds notched their fourth win in four, also beating Wisborough Green.

Wisborough were dismissed for 90 largely because of Pete Cotterill (4-18) and Nikki Tabberer (3-20).

Pagham made hard work of the chase, getting there with seven wickets down, Jake Stockdale (23) top-scoring.