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Bognor out to make a promotion push

Bognor CC will look to step up their promotion push this weekend when they visit bottom side Ifield tomorrow (12.30pm).


Ryan Maskell’s side sit fourth in Division Two, 18 points off the top two, with five matches of the season to go.


Bognor have the perfect opportunity to  close ground on the sides above them when they head to Ifield, who have won just once all season.


Maskell’s side are unbeaten in their last three matches, which includes a quick-fire victory at leaders Hastings & St Leonards last time out.


After putting the home side into bat, Zimbabwean spinner Roy Kaia took charge, taking six wickets for 16 runs in 11.4 overs – which included seven maidens – in a commanding bowling display.


His contribution helped reduce Hastings from 43-2 to 76 all out, a tally which Bognor were able to chase down with six wickets in hand.


Maskell’s side will look to build on this win tomorrow against an Ifield side who have not won in their last five matches.


But success will rely on improving their batting, with a haul of just 29 batting points the second worse in the division – something which could leave them short when the season draws to a close.


Elsewhere, Chichester Priory Park’s improved run of form continues as they chalked up their third win in four matches against Ifield last time out.


Matthew Geffen’s side batted first at Goodwood with opener Matthew Bennison (48) providing a good platform on which Chi could build.


But the visitors hit back and it was left to Will Futcher (18*) and Robert Carver (33) to put on a half-century partnership for the eighth wicket to help Priory to 198 for 8 off 46 overs.


In reply, Chi’s bowlers took full advantage of the conditions to keep on pegging back Ifield in their pursuit of the total.


The standout performer proved to be James Mayne, whose figures of 5-36 ensured the visitors were dismissed for 110.


Chi, who are now sixth in the standings after picking up a maximum 30 point haul, play second-bottom Goring tomorrow (12.30pm), a side who have lost just once in their last five matches.

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