Top beat bottom in division three of the Sussex League - while Bognor kept up the pressure on the top two.
Pagham v Stirlands
Sussex League division three
Bottom-of-the-table Stirlands pushed leaders Pagham all the way – but the in-form men from Nyetimber Lane scraped home.
Stirlands won the toss and elected to bat and on a good wicket, Stirlands struggled against the pace bowling of Peter Cotterill and Nabib Rahman, with wickets falling at regular intervals.
Only George Coles (38) showed any signs of resistance. Eventually Stirlands scraped their way to a below-par 150 all out.
Sri Lanka spinner Nilushan Nonis starred with the ball, finishing with four for 44 from 17 overs. Cotterill took three for 19 and Rehman two for 37.
As is the norm this season, Pagham don’t make life easy for themselves and they were quickly six for two and then 17 for three.
But a stand of 80 between Nilushan Nonis (59) and Mike Hales (21) got Pagham back into the game but the spin of Struan Cameron (3-36) and Will Gubbins (2-30) kept the result in the balance.
Sensible batting from Cotterill with 18 not out managed to get Pagham home for a three-wicket win.
Pagham’s next match is away to second-placed Crawley Eagles, when their batsman will hopefully show some form to back their excellent bowling and fielding.
Burgess Hill v Bognor
Bognor won by 41 runs after electing to bat first in mid-Sussex.
Zayne Bux and Luke Seward were joint top-scorers, each hitting 47 in the Bognor total of 195 for five.
Joe Ashmore was the visitors’ hero with the ball as his five for 35 saw Burgess Hill all out for 154 and leave Bognor in a healthy third place.