Pagham’s perfect start is a thriller at Henfield

It took Pagham just one game to be involved in a thriller as they left it until the last ball to secure an impressive victory against Henfield in division three west of the Sussex League.

Having opted to bowl first, Pagham were keen to see the impact new quick bowler Nabib Rahaman would have.

His first league wicket for Pagham was a run-out after just three balls.

For the next 25 overs, despite various lbw appeals and a galore of tough catching opportunities in the gully, Henfield dominated.

They reached 130 before Brett Moore (60) was out. The Pagham fielders became increasingly flustered with their lack of progress.

It was 171 for four before a 49-run partnership from Jack Parsons (50) and Brett Scott (35) ensured Henfield would set a competitive target.

But 220 for four became 238 for eight courtesy of Wayne Green (3-72) and Nabib Rahaman (2-44), and the Henfield captain declared.

Although 239 was a daunting target, Pagham knew it was attainable - even more so when Jamaul Fernandez scored 37 off just 26 balls.

Chris Hayden supported him with a commanding 38 and while Joe Metz (40) and Wayne Green (27 from 14 balls) were batting, there looked only one outcome.

However with the score on 142 for two, Green fell and Pagham fell to 175 for six with a further cluster of wickets.

Sixteen-year-old Joe Turner seemed totally unruffled as he scored a prodigious 46 to take Pagham to the brink of victory. But his wicket led to another dismissal and Pagham were 223 for eight, needing 16 from 28 balls.

Careful accumulation and the occasional blazing stroke saw Pagham reduce the target to five off five balls and a single from the final ball.

Everyone was on their feet to see Michael Hales dismiss this ball over the infield for a priceless four - an incredible climax to a game played in superb spirit, and a result that proved with a bit of improvement, Pagham can make noises this year.