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Ashmore stars in Bognor victory

BOGNOR’S Joe Ashmore put in a fine all-round display to help his side to a rare victory in Sussex County Division Two.


Regis currently sit in the relegation places and have struggled this term as the top order have failed to put big scores on the board.


But, after slipping to 61 for 7 at St James’s Montefiore, Ashmore (69) and Josh Sergeant (54*) put on 104 for the eighth wicket to lift Bognor to a final score of 192 for nine.


Regis wasted no time on building on that momentum, Jerome Jones (4 for 13), taking the new ball and making inroads into the home side’s batting line-up.


Ashmore then followed up his performance with the bat in the field, taking 4 for 32 to ensure that St James’s were bowled out for 109.


That 83-run win was only Bognor’s second of the season but they will be hoping to double that number this weekend.


Bognor return to action tomorrow welcoming struggling Lindfield tomorrow (12.30pm) before hosting the annual visit of Guernsey Sarnians to the Regis Oval on Sunday.


It was a good weekend for Bognor as the seconds led by Bernie Burns chalked up a comfortable eight wicket win over Stirlands Seconds.


Opening bowler Jim Lee made sure the visitors did not settle at the Regis Oval, producing a blistering opening burst.


Lee eventually ended up with 6 for 25 from 13 overs.


With good support from Jamie Woolnough (1 for 6) and Ben Woolnough (1 for 8), Stirlands limped to just 77 before being dismissed.


In reply, Bognor wasted no time in getting going with Harry Hood (21*) and Joel Baker (22*) guiding Regis home to their third win of the year.


Next up is a trip to Crawley Eagles Seconds tomorrow (12.30pm).


Elsewhere, in division five west Chichester Priory Park Seconds’ James Mayne starred with the ball as his side dragged themselves clear of the drop zone after a six wicket win over local rivals Middleton Seconds.


Mayne came into the attack and took four quick wickets to as Middleton stuttered to 134 all out.


In reply, Chi were given a strong start by Graeme Bennison (43) who anchored the innings well albeit slowly.


It was left to wicket-keeper Ollie Troy to take Priory Park over the line with a run-a-ball 43.


Priory travel to Worthing Seconds tomorrow (12.30pm) while Middleton visit Findon Seconds.

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