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Final day loss sees Bognor miss out

Bognor suffered a final day of the season heartbreak after narrowly missed out on promotion to the Sussex Premier Division.

 

Excellent form by Ryan Maskell’s side in the second half of the season put the Regis Oval side well in contention for one of two spots at the top of Division Two.

 

Going into the final weekend, Bognor sat in second knowing victory at fourth-placed St James’s Montefiore would seal their place in the top tier in 2020.

 

But a five wicket loss to the Ditchling side combined with wins for Hastings & St Leonards and Haywards Heath saw Maskell’s side miss out.

 

Bognor got off to the worst possible start when their two form men – Roy Kaia and Maskell – were dismissed with just 12 runs on the board.

 

It was left to Mike Harris (43) to try to rebuild, with support from Joe Ashmore (26) and Joel Baker (31).

 

But St James’s kept on chipping away to eventually bowl out the visitors for just 202 from their 45 overs.

 

It was unlikely to be enough unless Bognor’s bowlers really turned the screw.

 

But they couldn’t get the breakthrough as opener Toby Pullan smashed 41 off 37 balls to get the home side’s chase underway.

 

Fellow opener Harry Rollings was more pedestrian but his unbeaten score of 97* helped the Ditchling side to victory with more than ten overs and five wickets in hand.

 

Fellow Division One side Chichester Priory Park were unable to do either side any favours when they came up well short against Haywards Heath.

 

A century from Johnny Phelps (100) helped the visitors reach 241-7 off their 45 overs at Goodwood.

 

The weather delayed Priory’s reply but it only put off the inevitable with only Charlie Futcher (73) showing any real resistance to the visitors’ attack.

 

Chi were eventually bowled out for 158, well short of their revised target of 242.

 

In Division Three West, Pagham ended the season in fourth after a 45-run loss to second-place Worthing.

 

Nick Smith (3-36) was the pick of the bowlers as the visitors reached 247-9, a score Pagham were unable to reach despite opener Jack Stannard hitting 63.

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