Eranga Dissangge struck an unbeaten 105 to ensure Pagham scored just their second Sussex League Division 2 win of the season on Saturday.
Basement boys Pagham knew something special was needed to overcome near neighbours Bognor and Dissangge provided that in their seven-wicket home win.
Despite the victory, Pagham still trail third-bottom Lindfield and safety by 49 points but this success will have given everyone at the club a major boost.
Skipper Stuart Hanks won the toss and chose to stick rivals Bognor in.
Opener and opposition captain Mikey Harris led the way for his side before falling 17 short of his century.
Harris failed to find many partners, though, with just three other batters other than himself able to reach double figures.
Rob Willway (30), Joe Ashmore (23) and Sam Adams (16) were those to get past ten as Bognor were all out for 182 in 50 overs.
Dissangge and Thomas Kent both chipped in with three wickets, while Joe Metz took two as Pagham went into their batting response.
Things got off to a woeful start as openers Hanks (two) and Albert Burgess (nought) fell in quick succession to leave Pagham in all sorts of trouble at 2-2.
A third-wicket stand of 48 between Kevin Condon (35) and Ryan Barratt helped steady the ship before the former fell to leave the home side 50-3.
Once Condon went, Dissangge came to the crease and took Bognor’s bowlers apart.
He reached an unbeaten 105, while Barratt was not out at the other end on 32 as Pagham reached 184-3 in 43.2 overs, thanks to an undefeated fourth-wicket stand of 134.
Pagham make the trip to third-placed St.James Montefiore on Saturday, while Bognor host Ifield on the same day.
n Middleton Cricket Club were held to a draw in their table-topping Division 2 encounter at Eastbourne on Saturday.
Leaders Middleton went into the clash hoping to further extend their lead over their second-placed opponents.
Sean Heather decided to bat first but other than Patrick Colvin (81 not out) no batter made use of positive starts as they made 240-7 from 53 overs.
Brad Evans led the way, claiming three wickets for Eastbourne.
A magnificent 109 from Delray Rawlins held things together for his side as they made 204-7 in 47 overs as it ended in a draw.
Despite the stalemate, Middleton still have a lead of 21 points over Eastbourne below them, while St.James Montefiore in third trail them by 34 with three games left to play.
Middleton welcome strugglers and third-bottom side Lindfield in the league on Saturday.
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