Bognor reach August Cup final - but Aldwick are Slam-dunked

Bognor's fabulous August Cup run continues - but Aldwick's Sussex Slam hopes have ended.

Here are the latest cricket reports from around the Chichester and Bognort areas...

Bognor v St James

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Having lost the toss on a soft, low wicket, Bognor were sent out to field, and Freddie Longley immediately took the game on, striking two big sixes in the second over of St. James’ innings.

However, a welcome return to form from Josh Sargeant (3-18) accounted for Pullan, De Lacy and Bradley, and when Joe Gilligan clipped Ben Woolnough to Mike Harris, St James were floundering at 30-4.

Longley continued to bat well, despite offering a couple of chances, but could not find a partner, Sam Adams taking 2-30 to rip the heart out of the St James middle order.

When Joe Ashmore (3-11) had Longley (55) caught and bowled, the tail quickly subsided, St James finishing 95 all out.

Bognor’s response was initially chaotic. Ryan Maskell edged Jordan Shaw to Gilligan in the first over, and was followed back to the pavilion by Tom Woolnough,, Taylor Jaycocks and Josh Seward, leaving Bognor in a hole at 24-4.

Calm heads were required, and Ashmore and Harris provided them, the former showing some excellent intent in playing the spin of Cope and Longley in particular.

As Bognor inched towards the target, Ashmore really cut loose, reaching a deserved half century (54*). With Harris (17*) supporting at the other end, Bognor ran out comfortable victors by six wickets, and move to a final against St Peter’s of Brighton at a neutral venue on Saturday.

Sussex Slam west finals

On a bright morning at the Greenthumb Oval, Bosham beat Findon by seven wickets. Ben Heber (51*) and Anthony Ender (31) starred.

Aldwick chased down Portslade’s 138 and won by nine wickets. Liam Hicks took three wickets. Alex Cooper (53*) and Richard Gabb (50*) put on more than 100 for the first wicket.

That left a local final, in which Bosham batted first and Mike Abrey (50*) and James Cox (26) saw Bosham set a challenging 154 in their 20 overs. Aiden Miles took 3-13 helped by Ollie Smith’s two wickets.

Semi-final hero Richard Gabb could only manage 39, Jamie Murphy hit 21 and Ian Guppy 20 they took Aldwick to 145, within nine runs of Bosham’s total.

Wicketkeeper Dom Gogerty took four catches and managed a run-out. The batting heroes Cox and Abrey took five wickets between them.

Groundsman Arthur Bradbury produced two good strips. Aldwick wish Bosham good luck for the county finals on Sunday, September 27 at Horsham.

Worthing v Aldwick

Aldwick travelled to Worthing and asked them to bat, and eight overs later they were at 81-1 with Aven Fletcher (55), an ex-professional-baseball player, contributing the majority of the runs.

Alex Watkins (47*) helped take the score to 173-6. Ian Horner, Jake Merrett and Jordan Evans all took two wickets.

Although they scored 121, Aldwick were never up with the rate. Ian Horner (26) top-scored, Liam Tinson (19) and Ollie Smith (16) backed him up. Luke Fuller starred with the ball with 4-14. He was backed up by James Belton 2-9.