Bognor bowlers stun Rottingdean

Bognor are going well in Sussex division three
Bognor are going well in Sussex division three

On a fine afternoon in division three of the Sussex League at Rottingdean, Bognor batted first and the ever-reliable pairing of Mikey Harris and Elliott Clarke got the innings off to a fine start with a 46-run partnership.

When Clarke departed, Harris and South African maestro Zayne Bux carried on the good work before Harris fell for a fine 41.

Skipper Luke Seward’s composed 44 was supported well by Louis Paul (26), Andy Quincey (28) and late fireworks with 15 from four balls by younger brother Josh Seward, which saw Bognor finish on 229 for eight.

For Rottingdean, Sam Shephard (2-45) and Mustaq Islam (2-55) were the pick of the bowlers.

In reply, Rottingdean were progressing nicely at 81 for one but the deadly double-act of leg-spinner Clarke and left-armer Joe Ashmore wreaked havoc.

Clarke took four for 41 from 11 overs but the star of the show was Ashmore with five for 19 from 9.2 overs that saw Rottingdean bowled out for 131 and left Bognor winners by 98 runs.

Bognor 2nd v Wisborough Green 2nd

Bognor’s decision to bowl first after winning the toss seemed a little strange, but skipper Andy Lee was proved to be on the money as fast bowler Josh Broad went to town on Green’s batting.

An excellent five for 25, with support from veteran Rich Cox (3-22) and old campaigner Jon Denby (2-0) saw Green finish on 61 all out.

Broad opened the batting with old-hand Bernie Burns (15no) and blazed to 48 not out to see Bognor wrap it up by ten wickets.