A fine first-wicket partnership of 51 between young Mikey Harris (25) and Charlie La Foret gave Bognor a good start in their Sussex League division three west derby at home to Pagham, who’d won their first four games.
The arrival of lively Australian Sam Taylor added impetus to the innings in an excellent partnership of 101, La Foret being dismissed for a well-played 68.
Taylor kept the score ticking along but after his dismissal for 93, Pagham’s Nabib Rahman took centre stage taking a hat-trick and five for 49 in the process.
With support from Wayne Green (3-65), Bognor were bowled out for 243.
Pagham’s reply began steadily but with overseas player Jamaul Fernandez looking to take the game to Bognor.
His dismissal for 28 by La Foret saw wickets fall at regular intervals with Bognor’s Josh Broad (3-30) removing Pagham’s middle order.
With Pagham’s Chris Hayden holding firm with a patient 59 not out, Pagham saw out the overs to finish on 149 for eight, the game ending in a draw.
Pagham 2nd XI v Bognor 2nd XI
Bognor’s innings began with a decent 81-run partnership between skipper Phil Harris and veteran batsman Ian Ashmore.
After Harris’ departure for a fine 64, the stage was set for a maiden league 50 from young Mikey Wake, who was well supported by Ricky McIntosh (24). With Pagham’s Thomas Kent leading the attack with three for 77, Bognor finished on 239 for eight.
Pagham began their innings briskly with Graham Finlayson (32) and Josh Burgess. A bowling change bore fruition as Andy Lee used his height to get into the opposition line-up, taking three for 53.
With Tanya Wake carrying on her good form with two for 27, the game tightened up, but Burgess was not to be denied as a fine 93 not out saw Pagham over the line with a four-wicket victory.
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