Impressive Pagham early pace setters

Unlucky Jamau Fernandes takes a blow.  Picture by Louise Adams C130658-3 Spt Crick PagBill
Unlucky Jamau Fernandes takes a blow. Picture by Louise Adams C130658-3 Spt Crick PagBill
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BILLINGSHURST were the second team to fall victim to an impressive early season Pagham Cricket Club, who battled both their opponents and the rain on Saturday.

Having been inserted into bat, Pagham’s scorecard was reminiscent of the previous weeks display at Henfield – a lot of starts but not many finishes.

Wayne Green played a rumbustious innings and top scored with 27 after a lot had thrown their wicket.

Pagham did collapse from 121-4 to 122-7, but then showed good fight to claw their way to 177 before being dismissed with five balls of their innings remaining.

When bowling, Nabib Rahaman quickly found his rhythm dismissing Scott Stratton, and, with two further wickets falling shortly afterwards, Pagham found themselves in control with Billingshurst 38-3.

It became clear that the batting of Dhanushka Mitapolaracrchci (73) would become vital and, having rode his luck, his dismissal with the score at 106 ultimately decided the result of the game.

Green (3-64) was one of the main tormentors alongside Joe Metz (5-34) whose pace was too much to cope with for the lower order Billingshurst batsman.

Pagham sit top of the Sussex League division three west table after two weeks and have a 60-pointer against Steyning this Saturday.