Bognor pipped by Pulborough

Bognor were pipped by Pulborough  Picture by Kate Shemilt
Bognor were pipped by Pulborough Picture by Kate Shemilt

On a fine day at the Regis Oval, Pulborough won the toss and inserted the hosts in their Sussex League division-three clash.

After a slip to 25 for two, an excellent 132-run partnership between Zayne Bux and Ryan Maskell saw Bognor make good progress.

After Bux departed for a fine 42, Maskell followed soon after in bizarre circumstances, given out handling the ball for a nonetheless-excellent 89 from 75 balls.

A decent cameo (29) from skipper Elliott Clarke saw Bognor declare on 227 for eight. For Pulborough, Imran Khan was the pick of the attack with three for 46.

In reply, Pulborough began briskly with James Chriss making 46 before being bowled by young Joe Ashmore. Indian powerhouse Saurabh Tiwary plundered 66 from 38 balls but he was undone by Clarke to leave Pulborough on 147 for three. Soon it was 147 for four, and the game was in the balance.

It was left to James Smillie, with an unbeaten 55, to see Pulborough to the target, winning the contest by five wickets.

Pulborough 2nd v Bognor 2nd

Bognor found themselves in a tight spot at 46 for four but this did not deter unflappable veteran Mark Woolnough, who made a well-paced 46 in a 74-run partnership with Rob Burge.

After Bognor listed to 134 for six, Burge wielded the wood to great effect in tandem with the mercurial Rich Cox as they put on 99 in quick time.

Burge finished on 90 not out from 90 balls and Cox hit a blistering 55 not out from 24 balls that saw Bognor end on 233 for six.

Pulborough proceeded to 92 for two but the departure of Tommy Dunger to Andy Lee for 50 saw Bognor get into the hosts’ line-up.

The veterans took centre stage as skipper Lee (3-17), evergreen Andy McGregor (2-33) and main man Cox (4-39) saw Bognor to victory.

Young Tom Woolnough took his first league wicket.