Cricket: Danushka’s delight equals despair for Bognor

After electing to bowl, Billingshurst had Bognor in a spot of bother at 64 for three in the sides’ division three west clash.

Vice-captain Luke Seward steadied the ship with a composed 63 including eight fours, but Billingshurst spinner Danushka Mitpolaarachchi tangled up Bognor’s batsmen with a fine six for 27 that saw them end on 151 all out.

Mitpolaarachchi sought to end the game single-handed but after hitting 45 from 37 balls he was undone by the zesty Josh Broad (3-36). Young spinner Joe Ashmore weighed in with for two for 28 but Billingshurst reached their target with five wickets to spare.

Bognor 2nd XI v Billingshurst 2nd XI

Bognor’s young second XI found themselves in a stop-start innings. After a decent 31 from veteran opener Ricky McIntosh, the middle order didn’t fire as expected.

Skipper Phil Harris came to the fore once again with a battling 52 to take Bognor to 175 all out, Chris Shambrook the pick of the Billingshurst attack with four for 32.

After an early strike from veteran Andy McGregor, Billingshurst batsmen Phillip Marshall (50no) and Toby Loxley (70) pursued the target vigorously. Despite young Jamie Woolnough’s two for 50, Billingshurst won by seven wickets.