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Heartache for battling Pagham

PAGHAM 2nd XI suffered final over heartache which saw them dumped out the Gray-Nicholls T20 cup in a two-wicket defeat.


In a tense finale at Three Bridges, the home side dragged themselves over the finish line with just three balls to spare.


Pagham had set a challenging 168-5 after being put in, built around strong consolidation from the middle order after losing openers Justin Scott and Gary Young cheaply.


Both Danny Berkley and David Leader hit powerful half-centuries which saw them smash 17 boundaries between them.


Three Bridges started strongly in pursuit, sitting pretty at 98-2, but Pagham’s attack kept chipping away with David Leader the stand-out performer (2-22) until a doughty 31-run eight-wicket partnership saw the home side to the brink of victory and a place in the semi-finals.


Cup heartache was preceded by a gutsy 20-run league victory over Roffey 2nd XI a day earlier to keep Pagham in promotion contention.


A total of 148 was built around a patient 75 from Joe De La Fuente who then did his bit with the ball (3-30) in restricting the visitors.


In Division Two, Bognor 1st XI put in a spirited display to draw against fellow strugglers Worthing. The decision to put their hosts in seemed vindicated as Jerome Jones (5-59) nicked both openers to leave Worthing at 31-2.


However, the home side found some lower middle order resilience to reach 195 all out despite impressive bowling from Jones and Joe Ashmore (4-50).


Bognor started well in pursuit reaching 43 before losing six wickets for 58 until Jones (59) and Tom Woolnough (36) helped them to a share of the spoils and leaves them hanging to their hosts’ coat-tails in the survival battle.


Chichester Priory Park 1st XI eked out a one-wicket victory in a low scoring top-of-Division 3 clash with Crawley Eagles.


All was going to plan after they put their hosts in and rattled through the top order before some late resistance. Chichester Priory Park stumbled in pursuit of 112 before Mike Smith (33) steadied the ship to secure a victory by the finest of margins.


There were no nervous finishes for the 2nd XI in their Division 5 West basement battle with Goring. They posted a formidable 219-9 dec thanks to contributions from top three Sean Dobbs, Will Parker and Jonathan Miller which the visitors never looked like getting, eventually slumping to a 65-run defeat.


There was also success for Bognor Regis 2nd XI as they held their nerve for a two-wicket win over Broadwater. Bognor got out their visitors for 125. Richard Cox led the way with 5-43.

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