Bognor's big-hitting Aussie leads team to victory

Bognor are enjoying life in division three west of the Sussex League after a great victory at Steyning.

Stenying started well after winning the toss and electing to bat on a track that looked worthy of some runs at the Regis Oval.

Stenyning’s opening batsmen started well with Christopher Mcpherson and Hywel Jones looking in good touch against Bognor’s opening attachk of Graham Bush and Tom La Foret.

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Michael Spaseski broke the opening partneship with the wicket of Jones (41) caught behind by Seward. Mcpherson and new batsmen Gary Hunt took the score to 124 but the introduction of spin caused a batting collapse from Steyning’s middle order.

Willway claimed the wicket of Mcpherson (45) and continued to bully the middle order with a fantastic spell of 14 overs that brought five wickets for 44 runs.

Steyning’s demise from 124 for two to 168 for five came thanks to the control from Oliver Handson and Rob Willway. Hunt (65*) continued onwards with the lower order until Steyning eventually declared for a below-par 224 for seven off 52 overs.

Steyning’s young opening bowlers started well, testing the Bognor openers. Skipper Elliot Clarke (10) was adjudged lbw off the bowling of Sam Grant.

Max Ashmore and Willway racked up another 50 partnership until Ashmore (30) was sent back to the paviliion off the bowling of Minh Nguyen.

This brought Bognor’s big hitting Australian to the crease. Spaseski and Willway took the attack to Steyning’s spin duo with a 110 partneship containing some huge sixes from Spaseski and a superb display from Willway against the spin.

Spaseski was in the mood as he cleared the rope seven times along with five fours in a destructive 80. After he was caught on the boundry off Ed Lamb, Willway continued to show attacking strokes and eventually took Bognor over the line with a 82 not out with control and magnificent stroke-play. Bognor won by seven wickets.