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Bognor are one win from Premier return

Bognor Regis CC are just one victory away from securing promotion back to the top tier of Sussex County League cricket.

 

With just one game of the season to go, Ryan Maskell’s side sit second in Division Two, just two points clear of Haywards Heath in third.

 

Standing in the way of Bognor’s return to the top tier is fourth-place St James’s Montefiore, who themselves still hold a long shot of sneaking into one of two promotion spots.

 

Having pieced together an excellent run of form in the second half of the season, Bognor will be favourites for the game at Ditchling – but they will know the home side will be up for the fight for the match tomorrow (12.30pm), with St James’s losing just once in the their last five.

 

Bognor ensured their promotion fate rests in their own hands when they comfortably defeated Chichester Priory Park by nine wickets at the Regis Oval last time out.

 

After putting the visitors into bat, Bognor wasted no time in making inroads into the Chi line up.

 

Only Matthew Bennison (48) showed any resistance as a good team effort saw Priory bowled out for 127 within 45 overs.

 

Left armer Joe Ashmore (3-15) and Zimbabwean spinner Roy Kaia (2-14) took the plaudits in what was an excellent team bowling effort.

 

In reply, Kaia took his fine form with the ball into his batting, smashing an unbeaten 76 from just 74 balls to fire Bognor to victory.

 

He was supported by Maskell (22) and Mikey Harris (25*) as they reached the total in less than 23 of the 45 overs.

 

Chichester Priory Park will look to bounce back from that derby defeat as they welcome Haywards Heath to Goodwood (12.30pm).

 

In Division Three West, Pagham will be looking to end their season on a winning note after a disappointing August put pay to their promotion hopes.

 

Heading into the final month of the season, the Nyetimber Lane side were in contention to land the league crown.

 

But a run of four games without a win sees them in fourth with a home match against third-place Worthing (12.30pm) to come tomorrow.

 

Stuart Hanks’ side lost by 58 runs to relegation-threatened Findon last time out after failing to chase down a target of 228.

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