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Bognor safe & Chi celebrate

Bognor secured their Division Two status for another year with a thrilling five-wicket victory.


In a nerve-racking tie where the losers would be relegated, Max Ashmore’s side outclassed Worthing throughout, reaching the target of 170 with plenty to spare and condemning their rivals to the drop.


Elsewhere on the final day of action for the year, Middleton secured their Premier League status while Chichester Priory Park were crowned Division Three champions.


But it was at the Regis Oval where local attention was fixed as Bognor secured their league status for another year.


It has been a frustrating season for Ashmore’s XI as his side have struggled to secure wins, mainly down to poor performances with the bat.


But recent weeks have seen Bognor hit their stride, meaning they went into the last game of the season needing a victory over Worthing to keep their place in the second tier.


After the visitors won the toss and chose to bat, Bognor’s opening bowlers made their mark with Jerome Jones (3-34) and Josh Sargeant  (2-25) reducing Worthing to 24-4.


Barry Coll (66) led the recovery. But once he was dismissed, they limped on to a total of 169 in 45 overs.


In reply, Bognor held their nerve with Mikey Harris (28), Jim Fallick (29) and Jones (35*) all contributing as they reached the score with more than seven overs to spare.


In the Premier Division, Middleton rounded off their campaign with a disappointing  46-run defeat to Brighton & Hove.


After bowling out the visitors for 228 – in part due to Tommy Davies taking 4-36, Sean Heather’s side were dismissed for 182 with only Nick Smith (64) and Patrick Colvin (41) putting up much resistance.


That ensured a seventh place finish for Middleton, a good return in a competitive league.


In division three, Chichester Priory Park were crowned champions after a four-wicket win over title rivals Crawley Eagles.


Daniel Joseph (5-28) was the pick of the bowlers before Chi reached the total of 173 with Ben Caldera (59*) and Jonathon Heaven (29*) guiding the side home with five overs to spare.

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