Bognor beat Burgess to stay in promotion hunt

Bognor's Graham Bush helped his team to victory
Bognor's Graham Bush helped his team to victory

Bognor beat Burgess Hill in Sussex League division three to keep alive their promotion hopes.

On a fine day at the Regis Oval, Burgess Hill won the toss and elected to bat on a good wicket.

Openers Tom Penfold and Aaron Barnes (59) started steadily but carnage soon ensued.

A smart double bowling change from home skipper Luke Seward saw the introduction of wily spinner Joe Ashmore and lively all-rounder Josh Broad.

After Broad bowled Penfold and the ever-athletic Graham Bush ran out his replacement, Ashmore twirled his way through Hill’s line up to take five for 35. Broad bagged four for 50 and Hill were bowled out for 149.

Bognor’s reply was a little jittery as Ryan Maskell was bowled for eight and the impish Mikey Harris was caught for 22.

This mattered not to South African supremo Zayne Bux who, along with the bullish Elliott Clarke, saw Bognor to their target, Bux finishing with 58 not out and Clarke on 45 not out, the home team winning by eight wickets with 28 overs to spare.

The win keeps Bognor in the promotion hunt with this week’s visit to Ansty a make-or-break fixture.

Portslade II v Bognor II

After Portslade won the toss and fielded, Harry Hood (29) and Josh Seward (24) kept the score ticking along. Rob Burge top-scored with 39, Bognor finished on 201 for eight.

In the reply, mercurial all-rounder Rich Cox made the early breakthrough before seamer Andy McGregor took over.

The Aussie gutted Portslade’s middle order, bagging a hat-trick to leave the hosts at 14 for five. He ended with five for 24.

Sussex’s Tanya Wake and skipper Jim Lee bagged a wicket apiece and Burge bagged two for five – his first wickets for seven years. Portslade were 110 all out.

The win keeps Bognor second.