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Bognor one win away from Great Escape as Priory edge out Pagham

BOGNOR’S improbable great escape is on after a five-wicket triumph over Lindfield made it two wins in a row.


After dismissing the home side for just 166, skipper Max Ashmore led from the front, scoring a half century as Bognor chased down the total with plenty to spare.


The victory lifts them out of the drop zone with just one game to play. In a twist of fate, they welcome the side directly below them, Worthing, to the Regis Oval tomorrow (12pm) in a winner takes all clash.


The dramatic D-Day face-off was set up by a fine display from Bognor in the field, taking ten wickets for just 44 runs with Joe Ashmore (4-31) and Jamie Woolnough (4-25) leading the charge. In reply, Bognor’s skipper provided a solid platform, scoring 54 in 100 balls. Then it was over to Rob Willway with an unbeaten 49 to lead them home.


In the Sussex Premier Division, a half century from skipper Sean Heather was not enough to save Middleton from a 49-run defeat to title-chasing Roffey.


After winning the toss, the hosts quickly showed why they are at the top end of the table with opener Rohit Jagota scoring a classy century in a tally of 241-8 off their 50 overs.


In reply, Middleton started well. But the wickets started to tumble and it was only Heather (59) who provided any real resistance as they were eventually dismissed for 192.


Middleton round off their season tomorrow when they welcome Brighton & Hove to the Sports Ground (11.30am).


In division three, Chichester Priory Park kept their promotion hopes alive crushing Pagham by 115 runs at Nyetimber Lane.


Batting first, Matthew Bennison (63) led the way for Chi. After being pegged back by good bowling from Pagham’s Justin Scott (5-45), they eventually reached 233-8 in their 45 overs thanks to a quick-fire 43 from 23 balls from Daniel Joseph.


In reply, Pagham never looked likely in chasing down the total as Chi skipper Matthew Geffen (4-13) tore into their batting line-up before they dismissed for 118.


The victory lifted Chi into a promotion place ahead of this weekend’s final match of the season against third-placed Crawley Eagles tomorrow (12pm). Avoiding defeat at Goodwood will see them celebrate. Meanwhile, fourth-placed Pagham travel to Roffey seconds.

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