Village cricket: Fuente and Fuentre score plenty for Pagham

Kirdford's John Upton and Michael Robbins
Kirdford's John Upton and Michael Robbins

We’ve action involving teams from Pagham, Lavant, Boxgrove, Kirdford, Fernhurst, Ashling, Aldwick, Slindon and Bognor in ourt latest village cricket round-up.

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Pagham Nonchalants v Bedhampton

Pagham Nonchalants won with a battling performance against Bedhampton.

After 18 overs, victory looked unlikely. Donnegan and Collins dealt with everything that the pace attack of Pete Cotterill, Sam Mason and Brian Kemp could throw at them and reached 112 without loss.

Then the wiles of spinners Nick Tabberer (5-48) and Dave Brown (3-33) turned the tide. When Donnegan was dismissed by Brown for 79, the rest of the Bedhampton side collapsed and were all out for 177.

In reply, an opening partnership of 97 between Joe Fuente (67) and Graham Minett (40) set the Nonchalants on the road to victory. Bill Turner-Hogg’s whirlwind 24 and confident knocks by Steve McDougall and Dave Fuente saw them past their target with time and wickets to spare.

Lavant v Boxgove

Lavant were asked to bat by Boxgrove on a well-prepared strip and despite an early wicket and the ball moving around, they steadily built their total from a slow start.

Stevens, who went on to score his maiden century for Lavant in the final over, and Burford started to score more freely as the sun dried out the wicket.

When Burford was bowled and Brooker joined Stevens at the crease the run rate accelerated and Lavant were able to declare on 202, their best score so far this season.

Boxgrove’s reply started quickly with Thorpe hitting all loose balls to the mid-wicket boundary for a series of towering sixes. Chamberlain added his support but Lavant’s bowlers were unable to make a breakthrough and Boxgrove scored more than 100 for the first wicket when Thorpe was bowled.

Boxgrove’s run rate slowed with his departure and Lavant picked up three more wickets, with Hall the pick of the bowlers, before Boxgrove’s innings closed on 135 and the match was drawn.

Kirdford v Fernhurst

Glorious sunshine greeted Fernhurst as they arrived at Kirdford for the first home game of the season.

Fernhurst won the toss and batted and honours were even at 40 for two. However Bristoe (52) and Pleice (91) put Fernhurst in charge and with a blistering 48 by Smithers before tea, they reached a daunting total of 279 all out.

Kirdford started well, but lost three wickets in a two-over spell from Unwin. Enter man-of-the-match Robbins for Kirdford - he smote a wonderful 92 runs in very quick time.

At one point in a partnership with Rountree (34), it seemed they may pull off an unlikely victory, but time and wickets put paid to that.

Instead there was hope of snatching a draw and it was left to the final-wicket partnership of Pett and Upton to defend their way to relative glory for Kirdford.

Ashling v Aldwick

Once again it was Ashling’s Nic Loubser who was the difference between the two teams. He took six for 29 in Aldwick’s innings and top-scored with 44 for his team.
Keelan Belcher scored 68 and Grant Wilson 26 but from 112 for three, the innings collapsed to 150 all out.

Freddy Smithers (19), S Hutchins and J Ford (17) helped see Ashling towards their target but it took some fiery batting from Chris Cranna and Pete Smith to see them home with three wickets and four overs to spare.

Aldwick Acorns v Slindon

Adam Robinson (15) and Alex Cooper (32) got Aldwick off to a good start and Alex Rowland and Luke Spindler each scored 18 - but the innings tailed off as the Acorns were all out for 106. Alex Fuente took four for four to finish off the innings.
Tim Kimbell (34*) top-scored as Slindon reached their target in only 27.4 overs. Danny Cooper and Josh Sargeant each took two wickets for Aldwick.

Bognor Rebels Sunday XI v West Chiltington & Thakeham

After electing to bat, Bognor made a fine start and at the halfway stage were 91 for two.

A second Sunday 50 on the bounce for Louis Paul (74) set Bognor up nicely and with support from young Ollie Adams (32no) and the other batsmen, Bognor finished on 188 for eight with Armstrong, Gee and Monday taking two wickets apiece for West Chilts.

A lively start from J Elliott-Martin (44) gave West Chilts a good start but two wickets apiece for Paul and Charlie La Foret (both 2-24) brought Bognor back into it. However, a fine innings from Aussie all-rounder Mick Armstrong (80no) saw West Chilts win by five wickets.