A familiar foe stands in the way of Bognor Regis CC’s promotion push – with local rivals Chichester Priory Park in prime position to deny their neighbours a top two finish when they visit The Regis Oval tomorrow (12.30pm).
Ryan Maskell’s side currently sit two points clear in second position of the Sussex Division Two table with just a couple of games to go.
Win both remaining matches and Bognor will return to the top tier of the county cricket pyramid.
But standing in their way will be a Chi side who, despite their inconsistency this season, would love nothing more than spoiling the possible celebrations at The Regis Oval.
Bognor’s promotion hopes received an unexpected boost at the weekend when third-place Haywards Heath were beaten by relegation-threatened Goring.
It means Maskell’s side remain second despite their own match against Billingshurst being cancelled. They are just a couple of points ahead of Heath and 11 clear of St James’s Montefiore in fourth.
Chi, meanwhile, are sixth in the ten-team division and still, if results go against them, could face being pulled into relegation trouble.
Matthew Geffen’s side spurned a good opportunity to secure their Division Two status last weekend when they came up short in a run chase at St James’s.
After winning the toss, Chi made the most of the overhead conditions with Geffen (5-23) taking two early wickets.
The home side rebuilt through a 95 run third wicket stand from Toby Pullan (69) and Ollie Bradley (34). But Chi hit back to eventually dismiss the home side for 199.
In reply, though, Priory failed to get going, quickly being reduced to 10-3.
Opener Matthew Bennison (27) showed some fight. But he received little support and Chi were skittled out 105 in less than 37 overs.
In Division Three West, Pagham’s promotion hopes are all but over after a 32-run loss to Ansty at Nyetimber Lane last weekend.
Rico Webb (4-53) starred with the ball as the visitors scored a total of 199-9 in their 45 overs. But despite Jack Stannard (50) and Ryan Barratt (44) making contributions, Pagham came up short.
Tomorrow sees them head to second-bottom Findon (12.30pm).