Bognor knock Pagham off top in derby-day drama

Bognor's Joe Ashmore is congratulated for getting rid of Stuart Rutter Picture by Louise Adams
Bognor's Joe Ashmore is congratulated for getting rid of Stuart Rutter Picture by Louise Adams

Top spot in Sussex League division three was the prize in the Pagham v Bognor derby at Nyetimber Lane – and Bognor claimed it.

Leaders Pagham elected to bat and that was music to Bognor paceman’s Jim Lee’s ears as with the able assistance of fellow paceman Graham Bush (1-41), Pagham were reduced to 34 for five, Bognor keeper Josh Seward snaffling three fine catches.

The hosts moved to 70 for five but the introduction of all-rounder Charlie La Foret (2-16) and wily spinner Joe Ashmore (3-23) saw Pagham finish on 107 all out, Lee the pick of the attack with four for 21. For Pagham, skipper Stuart Rutter top-scored with 42.

In reply, Bognor were moving along nicely at 71 for two, with Mikey Harris top scoring with 33. However, a brief flurry of wickets saw Bognor list a little to 77 for five as Peter Cotterill and Mike Hales grabbed two wickets each.

This didn’t alter the course of the game as the lively Louis Paul and La Foret composed a 34-run partnership that saw Bognor win the game by five wickets and return to the top of division three.

Bognor 2nd v Billingshurst 2nd

At the Regis Oval, Billingshurst won the toss and chose to bowl.

Bognor opener Josh Broad struck a fine 51 to take his side to 101 for two. Unfortunately, a flurry of wickets saw the innings subside to 142 to eight as Billingshurst’s David Dunn bagged six for 82.

However, a captain’s innings from veteran Andy Lee (40no) helped with the able assistance of fellow old-hand Mark Hood (12no), old-boy Pete Handson (22) and the demure Ryan Walkley (37) saw Bognor up to 196 for nine.

Broad wasn’t finished as he and veteran seamer Rich Cox whipped out the top order to leave the visitors on 38 for four.

Billingshurst replied with a 71-run partnership with Max Hollander (47) and opener Phillip Marshall (75not) saw the total to 109 but another salvo from Cox (4-47) saw the tide swing back Bognor’s way.

The game was well-poised at 168 for six when the main man Broad swooped in to end the Billingshurst innings at 185, taking five for 49 and seeing Bognor win by 11 runs.