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Pagham chasing Chi for title

Pagham and Chichester Priory Park remain locked in a four-way battle to clinch promotion from Sussex Cricket Division Three.

 

With a third of the season to go, the local rivals are battling with Haywards Heath and Crawley Eagles to seal one of the two top positions.

 

Chi are in pole position at present, sitting five points clear of Heath at the top of the league. The Eagles are one point further back with Pagham in fourth, just nine points behind Priory.

 

Both teams lost the chance to seize the initiative last weekend as the weather took hold. But, with just six games to play, both know that they can afford few slip-ups as the season draws to a climax.

 

This weekend will bring a real test for Pagham and skipper Stuart Hanks who travel to the third-place Eagles looking for a win that could take them into the top two spots. (12.30pm)
Chichester, meanwhile, return to Goodwood, hosting Eastbourne seconds.

 

Elsewhere, in division two, Bognor will be hoping last weekend’s abandoned round of games will not halt their run of form as they return to action at home to Mayfield tomorrow.

 

Max Ashmore’s side would have been grateful for the rain after falling to 62 for five away at Portslade on Saturday.

 

A win against Mayfield at the Regis Oval would make it five unbeaten for third-bottom Bognor and help them pull away from the drop zone.

 

In division five west, the rain put paid to any chance of local rivals Middleton seconds and Pagham seconds from meeting at the Sports Ground. Tomorrow, third-placed Middleton, who are unbeaten in five, travel to Billingshurst seconds while Pagham welcome Worthing seconds to Nyetimber Lane looking for their first win in more than a month.

 

Fellow division five west side Chichester Priory Park travel to league leaders Broadwater hoping for a victory as they look to lift themselves out of the drop zone.

 

In division six west, form side Bognor seconds travel to Portslade seconds seeking their fifth win in six.

 

Bognor currently sit in fourth place but still have an outside chance of lifting the title if they can maintain their excellent recent run of results.

 

A victory over the side directly above them would help as they look to reel in Steyning, who are 42 points clear at the top.

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