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Hartard fires Priory Park to win

CHICHESTER Priory Park returned to winning ways in style, with a 108-run win against Bexhill Seconds.


The omens did not look too good for the Goodwood side after they were dismissed for 185 in their 45 overs.


But Chi’s bowlers hit back and bowled out the visitors for just 79 to register an easy win.


That victory means Chi are third in Sussex Division Three, having lost just once all year.


They will look to keep that good run of form going by welcoming Preston Nomads seconds to Goodwood tomorrow (12.30pm)


The win against Goring was set up by Jay Hartard who made a hard-hitting 82 from just 84 balls. Then it was over to the bowlers with Daniel Joseph (4 for 30) and Matthew Geffen (3 for 11) their stand-out performers.


It was a mixed weekend for Chi, whose seconds side lost out on the road to Crawley.


Batting first, Priory struggled to get going, being reduced to 78 for 6.


It was only thanks to James Hemp (48) and Jack Green that they managed to reach 141 all out. The score was not enough, as Crawley reached the total with the loss of just two wickets.


They will play Findon seconds away tomorrow (12.30pm).


Also in division five west, Pagham seconds will be looking to end West Chiltington and Thakeham’s run of five consecutive wins away tomorrow (12.30pm).


They go into the match off the back of a 30-run win at home to Goring seconds, Alex Fuente top-scoring (66) in a total of 249 for seven. Albert Burgess then took 4 for 45 as the visitors were reduced to 219 for 9 in their 45 overs.


In the same division, Middleton seconds lost only their second match of the season away at Broadwater Green.


The Bognor-based side got within 40 runs of the home side’s total of 230 for 9, thanks in part to a half-century from opener Tom Stride. Tomorrow they play Crawley at home.


In division six west, Bognor seconds will make the trip to Ifield seconds tomorrow (12.30pm) looking to bounce back after a torrid time this weekend.


Bognor were dismissed for just 64 at West Chiltington & Thakeham seconds, Joe Bennett (12) and Tanya Wake (13) were the only two players to reach double figures.


The opponents then knocked off the total in 7.1 overs to win by ten wickets.

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