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Bognor eye a promotion push

Bognor CC are poised and primed for a promotion push as the club eye a top two finish in Sussex Division Two.

 

Despite a proud history, the Hampshire Avenue side are yet to pay in the top division of county league cricket since the Premier Division was created in 1999.

 

But those 20 years of hurt could be about to end as Bognor have assembled a side which look capable of sealing a top two finish.

 

Ryan Maskell’s squad have begun the season well with three wins from their first five matches which leave them fourth in the standings.

 

With a game at bottom side Goring tomorrow (12.30pm) Bognor will be looking to close the gap on the top two with a third of the season gone.

 

Maskell will hope his side can build on their good showing last weekend when they cruised to a comfortable victory over Ifield at the Regis Oval.

 

After the visitors won the toss and elected to bat, Bognor made a good start with the ball as Sam Adams (3-41) and Josh Sargeant (3-36) made early inroads.

 

But Ifield rallied thanks to a 116 run stand from Prasansana Jayamanne (90) and skipper Jack Groves (52).

 

Bognor then hit back, taking the final six wickets for just 45 runs as Zimbabwean overseas player Roy Kaia (4-31) found some purchase on the dry pitch to dismiss the visitors for 197 with one over to spare.

 

In reply, Bognor made the worse possible start as opener Taylor Jaycocks departed for a duck with just ten runs on the board.

 

That brought Joe Ashmore to the wicket to join captain Maskell and the pair set about laying the foundations for a successful run chase.

 

Together the pair put on 68 as Bognor slowly chased down the score.

 

By the time Maskell fell for 33 after being trapped in front by the impressive Jayamanne, the home side still needed 120 to win,

 

But Kaia (51* from 63 balls) and Maskell (83*) showed great composure to guide Bognor home with eight wickets and more than six overs to spare.

 

Away from the league, the club are also making good progress in the county T20 cup.

 

An excellent performance against league rivals Billingshurst saw them emerge victors by 28 runs.

 

Captain Maskell was the standout performer with a quick-fire 102 while Sargeant took 3-16 off his four overs.

 

The next round sees them face Middleton CC in a tasty local derby on June 23.

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