Cricket: Bognor and Pagham can’t get over the line

Bognor in the field against Wisborough Green  Picture by Louise Adams
Bognor in the field against Wisborough Green Picture by Louise Adams

There were differing fortunes for Bognor and Pagham in the latest round of games in Sussex League division three west.

Bognor v Crawley Eagles

Sussex League division three west

After losing the toss and fielding, Bognor had the Eagles at 115 for four. However as the afternoon got hotter, a 90-run partnership between Fazlan Nizamdeen (44) and Imran Suddahazai (68) took Crawley to a decent 259 for seven.

Charlie La Foret (2-50) and Josh Broad (2-69) were the pick of the Bognor attack.

Bognor replied well with a 92-run opening partnership between skipper Elliott Clarke (35) and the combative Ryan Maskell (64). The departure of both saw the wise head of Luke Seward (60) take on the mantle but with the Eagles’ Adil Mustafa (4-53) taking wickets regularly, Bognor finished on 212 for nine for a draw.

Bognor 2nd XI vs Pulborough 2nd XI

Pulborough took advantage of winning the toss and batting as Peter Wood (61) and Matthew Ives (53) laid down a solid foundation. Bognor never gave up and the wily off-spin of all-rounder Ryan Denyer (5-70) complemented by old hand Andy McGregor (3-51) and young leg-spinner Jamie Woolnough (2-37) saw Pulborough bowled out for 242.

A wobbly start for Bognor was brought under control by veterans Ricky McIntosh (42) and Graham Ball (85). However, their departure saw wickets being lost at inopportune moments. Heartbreak was compounded as Bognor were bowled out for 241, losing by one run.

Pagham v Billingshurst

Sussex League division three west

Pagham’s loss to Billingshurst means they are being dragged into a battle to finish the season in the top five and ensure they progress into next year’s new division three.

Top-of-the-table Billingshurst won the toss and chose to bowl, which didn’t immediately reap benefits as Stuart Rutter (85) and Joe Metz (46) extended the score to 107 before the second wicket fell.

Points and wickets started to come quickly though for Billingshurst as 107 for two became 187 all out from 50.1 overs, Ben Williams finishing with six for 65.

Billingshurst had the momentum but Rahman (2-30) had the firepower. He dismissed the opening batsmen and with Billingshurst 52 for two, Pagham were in the running.

Stuart Rutter turned to brother Sean Rutter, who he knew had a moment of magic left in him, and the third wicket fell with the score at 71.

Pagham were not the first team this season, though, to be thwarted by Dhanushka Mitipolararchi (74*), who despite some fortunate moments saw his team home with some unbelievable batting and ruined Pagham’s hopes.

Pagham’s second XI made it ten wins from 11 beating a strong Billingshurst second XI. Having to chase 220 to win, in spite of Peter Cotterill’s seven for 59, Pagham made it home comfortably.

Billy Turner Hogg (116) enjoyed a return to the seconds and captain Ian Dyer (60*) guided Pagham over the line.