Bognor are top dogs after winning at Pagham... women join the men at West Wittering

Bognor are top of their August Cup group after a win over their neighbours Pagham - while a busy weekend for West Wittering CC included action for their men's and women's teams and a mixed XI

West Wittering's mixed team
West Wittering's mixed team

Here are the cricket reports from around the area...

Pagham v Bognor

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Bognor remain top of their August Cup group after a win at Pagham.

The West Wittering Wolverines won again

They won the toss on a typically excellent. Pagham wicket and had no hesitation in batting first.

Despite the early loss of Tom Woolnough, captain Ryan Maskell and Joe Ashmore batted imperiously, scoring quickly all round the ground and targeting the short straight boundaries.

It took an error from Maskell, dragging on to Nick Smith for 71, to slow the rate slightly. However, Ashmore (77) rebuilt with Taylor Jaycocks and Josh Seward (34*), to take Bognor to a par 228-4 after 40 overs.

Pagham began slowly in response, Ben Woolnough bowling economically in the powerplay and picking up the wicket of Jack Stannard, caught by Jaycocks for 32. After Theo Beynon-Ayres chipped to Mike Harris, Pagham accelerated, with Nick Smith (36) and Ryan Barratt striking the ball cleanly.

However, the introduction of Ashmore accounted for both, with Harris (2-33) getting rid of Wayne Green and Aiden Drake in quick succession as well. Further wickets to Ashmore cleaned up the tail, and despite three massive sixes from Pete Cotterill (27), Pagham finished short on 177 all out, Bognor winning by 51 runs and staying top.

West Wittering v Chichester Priory Pk 2nd

West Wittering captain Brandon Trimmer won the toss and opted to bat.

Johnny Miller, Sam Caddy and Mark Taylor set a good foundation in tricky conditions against consistent line and length from Andy Strickham (3-18) and B Gregory (3-29).

Zanda Muir made a textbook 34 as WW moved to 97-4. Some good mid-order pinch hitting from Rob Gray (22) took the total to 175.

After a wicket in the fourth over, Chichester charged from 6-1 to 72-4 off 18 overs. F Lamb (20) and G French (16) batted well in challenging conditions.

Rob Gray (30-2) bowled with great control and poise, ably supported by spinners James Staight (1-26), Z Stewart (1-26) and Nick Fitzgerald (1-29).

WWCC’s youthful bowlers undertook their duties with great determination, although Chichester’s batsmen demonstrated how to chase a score effectively.

They needed three from the final over but Carl Tupper, former club captain, took the remaining two wickets for one run in the final over with a ball to spare.

It was a great match-up played in the right spirit. Credit must go to Chichester for a great performance.

Mixed match: West Wittering v Chi Priory Pk

West Wittering hosted Chichester Priory in the first mixed senior hardball game. Six members of the women’s softball squad made their debut in hardball cricket, taking the number of women participating in the game to nine.

Chichester won the toss and elected to bat, opener Ben Gregory top scoring with 32. Wickets were shared among the team, with Becky and Gareth Lendrum taking two-apiece, and Lucy Harris, Lauren Seath and Poppy Hutton all taking a wicket each.

Jordan Mackay was unlucky in finding the edge a number of times without securing a wicket. Chichester were 129 all out in 24 overs.

West Wittering’s reply started slowly with Laura Parfoot departing in the second over and Ben Doyle retiring on 55.

Gareth Lendrum’s steady 40 not out led to a retirement and allowed Harris to come in and hit the winning runs, capping off a fantasic day for both clubs and for the development of women’s cricket at West Wittering.

West Wittering Wolverines v Chichester PP Lionesses

In the Women’s Sussex Slam the Lionesses invited the Wolverines to bat first on an overcast morning. Opening batters Laura Parfoot and Jo Gordon continued their rich run of form before Parfoot was caught by Emma Bennison for 14.

Gordon and Denise Orford set about establishing a partnership displaying fine and destructive strokeplay, Orford retiring on 40 and Gordon seeing the innings home with 37* assisted by debutant Bella Da Vall (9*). The Wolverines posted 157-1 from their 20 overs.

In reply Bennison (20) and later Sharon Nicholson (13) offered the only resistance as the Wolverines bowlers restricted Chichester’s reply to 87-8, captain Lauren Seath taking two wickets and two from Orford capping a fine all-round performance.

West Wittering welcome the Barns Green Belles to the Millennium Meadow next.

Clymping v Aldwick

After a heavy shower, Aldwick asked Clymping to bat. Despite a second wicket stand of 72 from Joe Bain with (39) and Alan Budd (36), Aldwick had Clymping at 152 -3 after 31 overs.

Paddy Horne (47) joined Kieran Leeming (101) to help the team put on 113 in the last nine overs, to take their score to 265-8. Jamie Murphy finished with 3-61. Ian Horner, Josh Kemp, Rijo Raju, Ollie Smith and Liam Hicks took one wicket each.

Aldwick then capitulated. Alex Cooper (21) top scored and no other player reached double figures as they were bowled out for 58. Although Matt Clynes toiled for 3-30, the star was Freddie Tomlinson, who swept the tail away with figures of 4-7.

West Wittering 2nd v Bosham

West Wittering won the toss and fielded. The opening batsmen for Bosham were very strong, taking the score to 100 without loss, until Freddie Small, on his debut, removed Ender (57).

From then on West Wittering kept the run rate down and fielded well. The game turned for West Wittering and wickets were flying thanks to Andy Priest (4-33) and Will Finch (2-34). Bosham continued to build on their great start and were all out for 238.

When West Wittering replied, Gareth Lendrum opened the batting and was the only batsman to threaten Bosham, scoring 50 before being dismissed.

Despite a late flurry from Jack Harte (35), Wittering were out for 149, losing by 89 runs.

Aldwick v Littlehampton

Littlehampton batted first in this friendly and Dan White top scored with 92.

Amjad Mohsin with 45 and Lucas Stubbs 37 backed him up as Littlehampton scored 235-6 in their 40 overs. Aiden Miles took three wickets & Ollie Duffin two.

Only Paul Gibbs with 41 troubled the scorers as Aldwick were bowled out for 110.

Nick Larkin, Jez Howson, Phil Merritt and Henry Howson all took two wickets.

Eastergate 2nd v Chi Priory Park 4th

On a wicket well looked after during lockdown, Eastergate inserted CPP. Youngster Jaggar (2-32) and experienced campaigner Warner (0-38) opened the bowling for Eastergate while Chi had the experience of Price (53) and the youthful zeal of Hicks (26).

The middle order fired with Philippo (19), Graham-Wood (51) and skipper Baily D (29) pushing on. The innings came to an end at 206-6.

In the reply CPP opted for youth at both ends. O’Brien (0-17) and Pitman (1-23) kept the Eastergate opening pair of Hubern (70no) and Payne (19) quite quiet. But Hubern carried his bat and elder statesman Grant (46) joined him.

Baily (2-31) and Graham-Wood (2-24) bowled well and Smith took two catches as Chi won by 38 runs.

Goodwood v Butterflies

Goodwood won the toss and batted. Matt Bennison and Rob Carver opened but Carver was bowled by Alistair Pusinelli. Mike Smith was soon caught behind off Pusinelli.

John Heyworth and Bennison (23) steadied thingsbefore Bennison fell. Heyworth followed for 31. Matt Geffen top scored with 32 and along with some valuable runs from Toby Toft (16) Goodwood were all out for on 137 off 37.1 overs.

Pusinelli and Oscar Chalk were the pick of the Butterflies bowlers.

Goodwood’s bowlers started well, Rob Carver taking a catch at first slip off Johnny Heaven’s bowling, but Edward Garrett (37) and Fred Butler (31) got to grips with conditions. Only when Stanley Mayne came on did things change in Goodwood’s favour. Stanley took 6-39 as Goodwood won by six runs.