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Bognor Regis look to keep winning run going after narrow Bridges win

Bognor REGIS are on the hunt for their fourth win in a row as their ascent up the Division Two table continues.


Ryan Maskell’s side head to third-placed Billingshurst tomorrow (12.30pm) with a top half finish well in their sights.


A third consecutive victory was sealed by the narrowest of margins last weekend, when they defeated Three Bridges by just one wicket.


Those 30 points lifted Bognor up to sixth in the ten-team division. A further victory tomorrow and Maskell’s side will be nearer the top of the table than the bottom.


The victory over Three Bridges was built on an excellent bowling display led by West Indian Marquino Mindley. Opening the bowling, he produced a sparkling spell of quick bowling to take 6-30 and contributing to Three Bridges being dismissed for 154.


Bognor started their reply well as Maskell (48) and Josh Seward (50) put on 87 for the first wicket. However, a mini-collapse saw them lose eight wickets for 41 runs and left the bottom three batters to guide Bognor home.


Number 10 Joel Baker (16) proved to be the hero, hitting the winning runs to seal a nail-biting victory.


Fellow Division Two side Chichester Priory Park face a crunch match against third-bottom Ansty (12.30pm) as they look to seal their league status for another season.


Matthew Geffen’s side have won just once in five matches, a run of form which has seen them slip down the table.


With four matches to go, Chi are fourth bottom and in need of victory away from home tomorrow.


Priory go into the match off a morale boosting draw to high-flying Haywards Heath last weekend. After being set a target of 255, a century from opener Simon Hasted (101) and 72 from number 3 Matthew Bennison put Chi in with a shout.


But a flurry of wickets meant that, with the overs ticking down, they were left hanging on and only survived with one wicket in hand.


In Division Three West, second-placed Pagham will be looking to bounce back to winning ways when they head to leaders Goring tomorrow (12.30pm). Half centuries from Rico Webb (61) and Jack Stannard (52) were not enough to prevent a six-wicket loss to Slinfold last time out.

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