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Bognor and Priory fall to defeats

Bognor and Chichester Priory Park will both be looking to bounce back from opening day defeats as the Sussex Cricket season continues.


The Division Two rivals sit second and third bottom of the standings respectively after losing last weekend.


Bognor, who were lost by 34 runs to Haywards Heath, head to Burgess Hill tomorrow while Chi will play Lindfield (both 12.30pm).


Bognor skipper Ryan Maskell will be seeking a much-improved performance with the bat after his attack, led by Scott Bingham (3-35) restricted Heath to 166-5 in their 45 overs.


In reply, the hosts struggled with only Mikey Harris (23) and Jim Fallick (36) reaching double figures in their total of 132 all out.


Chi, meanwhile, lost by 52 runs to Burgess Hill at Goodwood as the visitors posted 229-4.


Opener Peter Lamb (36) helped Priory get off to a good start. But, after reaching 76-1, Chi collapsed and eventually came up well short of their target.


In Sussex Premier Division Middleton CC skipper Sean Heather was the star, smashing a century in their eight-wicket victory over Three Bridges.


After reducing the hosts to 277-7 in their 50 overs (Charlie Terry 2-52), Heather set about chasing down the score.


Even the loss of fellow opener Harry Hovey for a golden duck and rain reducing the target to 260 from 47 overs did not halt the skipper in his stride as he hit an unbeaten 139 from 137 balls.


He was supported by Ben Ferbrache (63*) in an unbroken third wicket partnership of 158 as Middleton reached the score with more than six overs to spare.


Next up is a home match against East Grinstead tomorrow (11.30am), who lost their opener in a rain-affected match against Preston Nomads.


In Division Three West Pagham welcome Stirlands to Nyetimber Lane tomorrow (12.30pm) looking to capitalise on a comfortable opening day win over Littlehampton, Clapham and Patching.


Skipper Stuart Hanks had Nick Smith to thank for a fine all round effort. After taking 4-16 with the ball, he then smashed an unbeaten 55 as Pagham chased down the total of 169 all out with six wickets to spare.

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