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Bognor on course for promotion spot

Bognor Regis CC remain on course for a promotion spot as they look to continue their fine run of form at Billingshurst tomorrow (12.30pm).

 

Ryan Maskell’s side are unbeaten in five matches, a string of results which has propelled them into the top two of Sussex Division Two.

 

A place in the top tier of country cricket awaits the Regis Oval side next season – but only if they can continue the winning record into the final weeks of the season.

 

With three matches to play, Bognor are just five points behind leaders Hastings & St Leonards and two above Haywards Heath in third.

 

With only the top two going up, Maskell’s side know they can afford no slip ups in the weeks ahead – starting tomorrow at fifth-placed Billingshurst.

 

Bognor head north off the back of one of their best performances of the season against relegation-threatened Goring last weekend.

 

After being put into bat, Maskell led from the front scoring a stunning 115 off just 93 balls as he put on 140 for the second wicket with Mickey Harris (73).

 

A half-century from Josh Seward (52) coming in at number four helped the home side to a score of 291 for five off 45 overs.

 

In reply, Goring never really got going. Joe Ashmore took the plaudits with a five-wicket haul (5-12 off four overs) as the visitors were dismissed for just 87 to wrap up a 204-run victory.

 

Fellow Division Two side Chichester Priory Park all but secured their spot in the league next season after thumping Billingshurst last weekend.

 

Skipper Matthew Geffen produced an inspired bowling performance to finish with five wickets for nine runs off just 8.3 overs as the visitors scored just 64 all out.

 

Chi knocked off the runs with seven wickets to spare, leaving them in sixth-spot ahead of a trip to Ditchling-based St James’s Montefiore tomorrow (12.30pm).

 

In Division Three West, second-place Pagham’s pursuit of the league crown suffered a blow when their match at West Chiltington & Thakeham was postponed last weekend.

 

Stuart Hanks’ side welcome Ansty to Nyetimber Lane tomorrow (12.30pm), a side who are unbeaten in their past three matches.

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