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Carson bowls Middleton to a home victory

Middleton CC will be looking to make it back-to-back wins as they head to mid-table Eastbourne in the Sussex Premier Division tomorrow (11.30am).

 

Sean Heather’s side sit fourth in the standings after a comfortable eight-wicket win over Horsham at home last time out.

 

Jack Carson’s five for 22 was central to the victory, ensuring the visitors tumbled from 90-2 to 132 all out.

 

Middleton then knocked off the runs in extra-quick time, with openers Harry Hovey (76 off 58 balls) and Heather (43) putting on 106 for the first wicket as the home side sealed the 30 point haul.

 

Eastbourne will be a tough nut to crack though, having defeated perennial title challengers Preston Nomads by two wickets last time out.

 

In Division Two, Bognor will be looking to get their fading promotion hopes back on track after a washout against Lindfield last week.

 

Ryan Maskell’s team would have fancied their chances as they headed to their struggling opponents last weekend.

 

But their hopes were dashed by the rain with Bognor’s ten points putting them fifth, 40 points off the top two.

 

Tomorrow they will host table-topping Hastings & St Leonards, who bring an unbeaten run of five matches to the Regis Oval this weekend (12.30pm).

 

One of those victories came last out against Chichester Priory Park when they won by 18 runs.

 

Matthew Geffen’s side show great spirit in pushing the league leaders all the way in a close match at Horntye Park.

 

After batting first, Chi restricted Hastings to 182 for 8 with Joe De La Fuente taking 6-50 in an excellent bowling display.

In reply, Chi had De La Fuente to thank once again as he made a gritty 47 to edge them to the target.

 

But his dismissal took the wind out of Priory’s sails and then came up short of springing a surprise.

 

Next up for Chi is a home match against relegation-threatened Ifield at Goodwood tomorrow (12.30pm).

 

In Division Three West, third-place Pagham will be looking to keep in the promotion hunt when they head to Steyning tomorrow (12.30pm).

 

The Nyetimber Lane side came out four wicket winners against Broadwater last weekend, with a 90-run stand from Nick Smith (47*) and Wayne Green (49) guiding the home team past the visitors’ score of 196 for 9.

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