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Pagham in promotion battle after nail-biting two-wicket win

Pagham CC kept up the pressure at the top of the Sussex Division Three table with a nerve-wracking two wicket win over Brighton & Hove Seconds.

 

Stuart Hanks’ side bowled excellently to dismiss the visitors for 189 inside 50 overs, Nikki Tabberer (4-72) being the pick of the bowlers.

 

After being reduced to 18-4, Pagham rallied thanks to contributions from Gareth Davies (46), Stuart Rutter (35) and Wayne Green (25).

 

When Davies was removed, the Nyewtimber Lane side still needed 42to win. But the ninth wicket pair of Albert Burgess (17) and David Leader (26 off 12 balls) smashed the home side to victory with a quickfire unbeaten partnership of 43.

 

The win leaves Pagham fourth in the table,  just four points behind Haywards Heath in second and nine behind first-placed Chichester Priory Park.

 

With two sides being promoted at the end of the year, Pagham will need to keep their form to the season’s conclusion. They return to action tomorrow, welcoming Heath to Nyetimber Lane knowing that a win could put them in pole position for promotion.

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