Middleton CC will be looking to make it back-to-back wins after registering their first victory in a month in the Sussex Premier Division.
Sean Heather’s side have struggled in recent weeks to get over the line, leading to a run of four losses in a row. But that was reversed on Saturday with a five-wicket win over Bexhill.
The victory was in no small part due to a remarkable bowling performance from Russell Talman, who took seven for 12 in a 12 over spell, which included a hat-trick.
Talman’s spell reduced the home side to a first innings score of 104, a total which Middleton looked to be cruising to as Angus Robson (45) and Will Burrows (48*) put on 73 for the opening wicket.
After losing five quick wickets it was left to Burrows and Nick Smith (4*) to guide the side home. Next up is a trip to bottom-side Ansty tomorrow (12pm), who are without a win all season.
In division two, Bognor’s good form continued with a two-wicket victory over Billingshurst.
Joe Ashmore continued his excellent form with the ball taking his summer wicket tally to 39 after registering figures of 4-52 in the home side’s total of 178 all out.
In reply, Bognor faltered until Jerome Jones (51*) and Josh Seward (40) put on 77 for the seventh wicket to help Max Ashmore’s side to victory and lifted them out of the drop zone.
Next up is a trip to bottom-side Portslade tomorrow (12.30pm).
In division three, a century from opener Peter Lamb (102) helped Chichester Priory Park stay top of the table in a 128-run victory over Roffey Seconds.
Matthew Bennison (68) also performed well as Chi posted a score of 245 for six after winning the toss. Three wickets apiece for Abz Patel, Daniel Joseph and Jay Hartard contributed to dismissing the home side for 117.
Chi, who are unbeaten in five, travel to Brighton & Hove Seconds tomorrow.
Elsewhere, Chichester Priory Park seconds lost an emotionally charged affair with West Chiltington and Thakeham by 123 runs at Goodwood. Before the match, both sides held a minute’s silence in memory of West Chiltington player Tim Monday who died while playing last week.
In reply to the visiting side’s 228 for 8, Chi struggled and were dismissed for 105.
Tomorrow Chi host Billingshurst Seconds, while Middleton Seconds host Pagham Seconds.