Bognor battle to beat Slinfold - and keep up pressure on Middleton

Bognor's fast bowler Josh Broad in action against Slinfold  Picture by Louise Adams
Bognor's fast bowler Josh Broad in action against Slinfold Picture by Louise Adams
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Bognor returned to winning ways against Slinfold to keep the chase on for top spot with Middleton in division three of the Sussex League.

Slinfold elected to bat first on a good pitch but looked under pressure from the outset as a series of dot balls and maidens from opening bowlers Sam Taylor and Jim Lee proved too hot to handle for the Slinfold batsmen.

Lee (2-34) claimed the first scalp of the day, quickly followed by a direct hit run-out from Luke Seward adding insult to injury and Slinfold at six for two.

Slinfold stabilised the innings if only for a brief period as the third-wicket partnership put on 39 before Taylor claimed his only wicket of the day, taking one for 34 off 18 overs, the young Australian proving Bognor workhorse.

Lee took his second wicket, dismissing Ethan Ansell without scoring, bowled through the gate.

Slinfold batsmen Guy Thorne and Hayden Mcintyre produced more impressive batting displays, attacking the bowlers with positive strokeplay.

Spin was introduced and young spinner Robert Willway broke the partnership at 40 dismissing Mcintyre (24). Willway ran through the Slinfold batsmen with accuracy and precision with figures of five for ten off eight overs, leaving Slinfold all out for 118.

Slinfold No4 Thorne proved the only resistance with a resilient 45 including seven boundaries.

The visitors bowled well with the new ball restricting early boundaries but could not bring about the collapse they required.

Elliot Clarke and Max Ashmore looked in control before Clarke fell to some quick glovework as he was stumped down the leg side by Jonathon Hughes from Richard Harris for 19.

Thorne (1-40) had been silenced by the Bognor opening batsmen but snared Willway with spin and accuracy.

Bognor at 33 for two were still a long way off and needed a lasting partnership to cement the win.

And Ashmore (28) and Seward (44) did not disappoint with a 44-run stand.

Ashmore rotated the strike well and scored the odd boundary as Seward punished anything off his legs.

Neither batsmen was able to see it through to the end, leaving Oli Handson (19*) and Taylor (4*) to finish a good day’s work for Bognor as they won by six wickets.

A hat-trick from veteran seamer Andy McGregor set up an excellent win at Slinfold.

Slinfold were indebted to Daniel Graycon scoring 77 in a total of 186 all out. Slinfold were 138 for four but McGregor’s all-time best burst of six for 20 saw them cave in.

Bognor chased down the target with fine knocks from evergreen opener Bernie Burns (51) and in-form youngster Charlie La Foret (67no), winning by seven wickets.

Middleton beat struggling Wisborough Green by 17 runs to remain top.

Nikolai Smith enjoyed a fine all round match making 84 runs and later took 6-38.

Patrick Colvin (47) and Will Burrows (44) also made good contributions as Middleton declared on 238 for seven while Byron Napper countered with four for 35. Green however made a real go of it with Alex Edwards struck 83 in their total of 221.