PAGHAM came up agonisingly short of victory to lift them into prime position for promotion, being denied victory by one wicket against Bexhill Seconds in division three of the Sussex Cricket League.
Half-centuries from Aiden Zammit (50) and Ryan Barratt (66) had put Stuart Hanks’ side in a good position.
But a collapse of the tail meant Pagham were dismissed for 222, giving Bexhill a chance of chasing down the target.
With Peter Cotterill (2 for 46), Wayne Green (3 for 48) and Nikki Tabberer (2 for 45) continually chipping away, Pagham looked in prime position to get the win – until Tim Cridland (84) and Jamie Wicks (32*) pushed the game right to the close.
With dark descending, eventually the umpires called time with Bexhill on 203 for nine, 19 short of the target with one wicket in hand.
Fourth-placed Pagham will want to get back on track at home to Brighton & Hove seconds tomorrow (12.30pm).
Fellow division three side Chichester Priory Park sit second after eking out a draw against Burgess Hill.
Chi looked in danger of falling to defeat at 66-7 in reply to the visitors’ 226 all out.
But an unbeaten 76 from overseas player Abz Patel ensured Priory reached 186 for 8 by the time umpires called time.
Next up is a trip to Roffey Seconds tomorrow.
In Division Two, Bognor’s fightback rolls on as The Regis Oval side cruised to a five wicket win over Three Bridges.
Joe Ashmore was the star with the ball, taking five wickets to tear through the visitors’ middle order. With back up from Josh Sargeant (3 for 22) and Jerome Jones (2 for 43), Bognor bowled Three Bridges all out for 171.
In reply, skipper Max Ashmore opened the innings with a dogged 49. By the time he was dismissed just one run short of a half-century, Bognor were in a commanding position of 111-3.
Elliott Clarke then took charge with 52 as the home side eventually secured the victory with five wickets in hand.
The victory means Ashmore’s side are still in the relegation places but now right on the tails of the sides directly above them.
In division five west, Middleton Seconds’ match with West Chiltington and Thakeham ended in tragedy after opposition player Tim Monday collapsed and died during the match.
Clubs across the Bognor and Chichester area held a minute’s silence in his memory on Sunday.