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Kaia takes five as Bognor remain in promotion hunt

Bognor Regis CC will be looking to keep up their promotion push as they head to red-hot Haywards Heath tomorrow (12.30pm).


Ryan Maskell’s side sit second in Sussex Division Two, looking to keep up their five-match unbeaten run.


But they look set to be pushed all the way in Mid Sussex tomorrow as they face the league’s other form side.


It could have been oh so different for Bognor as they escaped with a battling draw against first-placed St James’s Montefiore at Hawthorn Avenue last weekend.


Zimbabwean spinner Roy Kaia was the star with the ball taking 5-57 as the home side restricted the visitors to 184 all out in 52 overs.


In reply Bognor started strongly as Maskell (48) and Mikey Harris (57) put on 85 for the opening wicket.


Then the floodgates opened as no other batter made double figures for the home side.


Harris dug in, scoring a half century from 137 balls. A flurry of late wickets gave St James’s a sniff of victory but Jim Fallick and Scott Bingham saw out the remaining overs to seal a share of the spoils for Bognor.


Fellow Division Two side Chichester Priory Park are at the other end of the table and in need of a win at Burgess Hill tomorrow (12.30pm).


Chi produced one of their best batting performances of the season at Haywards Heath last time out.


After winning the toss, Joe De La Fuente (81) and Abhi Raut (64) put on 196 for the third wicket as Priory reached 231-7 off 53 overs.


But in reply their bowlers were unable to make inroads and the home side reached the score with nine balls to spare. De La Fuente was the pick of the Chi bowlers with figures of 3-35 off ten overs.


In Division Three West fourth-place Pagham will be looking to bounce back at home to Littlehampton, Clapham & Patching tomorrow (12.30pm) after an agonising 11 run loss to leaders Worthing last time out.


Chasing 213 to win after Justin Scott took 4-38, Stuart Hanks’ side looked in control as 125-4 .


But contributions from Nick Smith (43), Ryan Barratt (43) and number 11 Sean Rutter (27) were not enough to guide them home.

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