Life’s perfect for Pagham and bouncing for Bognor

Pagham take a wicket in an earlier win over Haywards Heath
Pagham take a wicket in an earlier win over Haywards Heath

It’s been a good season in division three of the Sussex League for Pagham and Bognor and both won their latest games.

Ansty v Pagham

Sussex League division three

In the top-of-the-table clash, Ansty won the toss and elected to bowl on a damp wicket.

This decision proved correct with Pagham losing their top three batsman for only 18 – but in-form Nilushan Nonis come to the wicket and made everything look easy, scoring runs whenever he got a bad ball.

Pagham continued to lose wickets regularly and after 36 overs were 112 for seven. This brought to the wicket Stuart Rutter, who was batting at No9 because of a hand injury and he and Nonis figured in a match-changing partnership of 70.

At 182 for seven Stuart Rutter was run out for 32 but Nonois continued to bat sensibly eventually getting second century in two weeks in the last over.

Pagham finished on 190 all out which considering the wicket was a job well done.

Ansty made a disastrous start to their run chase against the pace bowling of Nabib Rahman (5-35) and Pete Cotterill (3-24) and were reduced to 50 for eight.

Leo Anderson (38), Samuel Adams (24) and Sam Palser (36no) at least made things look more respectable with Ansty finally 134 all out. With three games left, Pagham remain top.

Glynde & Beddingham v Bognor

Sussex League division three

In deepest Sussex, Bognor won the toss and chose to bowl – and were glad they did as the young seam attack of Louis Paul and Charlie La Foret snaffled a wicket apiece.

The rejuvenated Joe Ashmore swooped in with more miserly spin to claim three for 43 but the plaudits went to vice-captain Elliott Clarke, who grabbed a fine three for 35 that left Glynde on 171 for nine.

For the hosts, Adam Kneller top-scored with a fine 50.

Bognor’s quest to make life as interesting as possible continued as they slumped to 21 for three.

But South African maestro Zayne Bux and demure vice-captain Luke Seward played with panache and grace in a fourth wicket partnership of 120 to put Bognor in sight of victory.

Seward’s departure for 56 saw another couple of wickets fall but the dashing Durban finished on 98 not out to see Bognor to a four-wicket win.

Bognor 2nd XI v Steyning 2nd XI

Bognor put the visitors in at the Regis Oval and once again the evergreen Rich Cox (2-83) put in a Herculean shift in tandem with the veteran Jon Denby to bowl the first 46 overs between them, Denby belying his 63 years.

From 77 for three, a 129-run partnership between Simon Grant (82no) and Andrew Simmons (69no) saw Steyning declare on 206 for three.

With the sky the limit in Bognor run-chases this season, burly skipper Andy Lee (47), zesty left-hander Harry Hood (57) and irrepressible wicketkeeper Josh Seward (55no) saw Bognor to a fine seven-wicket win with nine overs to spare.