Bognor and Pagham have had solid seasons in division three west of the Sussex League - and the neighbouring clubs tasted victory in their latest games.
Henfield v Bognor
Sussex division three west
After Henfield won the toss and elected to field, Bognor found themselves in a pickle at 53 for four as Henfield spinner Brighton Mugochi (4-66) got among the top order.
However, the young pair of wicketkeeper Ryan Maskell, with an assured 58, and Louis Paul (31) put Bognor back on terms. A late flurry of wickets was matched by Graham Bush’s lusty hitting, striking 29 from 24 balls as Bognor finished on 190 for nine.
Bognor got into their stride reducing Henfield to 58 for five, Bush leading the way with a fiery three for 65 that also included a smart stumping from Maskell, who saw the opposition batsman out of his ground and threw down the stumps.
Henfield settled as skipper Brett Moore (89) played his team back into contention at 171 for seven but Bognor’s ever-present Aussie showman Sam Taylor came to the party with a fine five for 37 that ended Henfield’s innings at 179 all out.
The 11-run win keeps Bognor in the top half of the table in a fine late-season surge.
Pagham v Slinfold
Sussex division three west
Jamaul Fernandez, in his first match as captain, won the toss and decided to bat.
Openers Fernandez (41) and Mike Hales (56) batted positively to put on 115 for the first wicket. Despite a flurry of fours from Jo Metz (24), the rest of the Pagham batsman showed no inclination to stay long at the crease.
From 115 for no wicket, the home side subsided to 174 all out. Guy Thorne was the pick of the Slinfold bowlers with four for 27.
In reply Slinfold found it difficult to cope with the pace of Nabib Rahman (4-44) and struggled to put a partnership together.
With the match seemingly petering out for a draw a brilliant piece of fielding from Ryan Barratt saw R Harris run out for three. In a tense finish, Rahman bowled Slinfold’s number 11 with the last ball of the penultimate over to see Pagham win by 36 runs and secure 26 valuable points.
Bognor 2nd v Henfield 2nd
At the Regis Oval, Henfield also chose to field first, which proved a good decision at Henfield’s Malcolm Davis took a fine five for 59. This didn’t deter Bognor as veteran batsman Mark Woolnough (34) and the demure Mikey Wake with a fine 56 – a personal best – saw Bognor to 206 all out.
After a rain delay reduced Henfield’s target, openers Martin Secrett (61) and Richard Dale (80) set about the chase with gusto. Their departure saw Bognor’s Jamie Woolnough apply excellent pressure with a fine three for 25 that in the end saw Henfield fall short on 204 for six, the game ending in a draw.