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Priory stumped by poor start to season

Chichester Priory Park’s search for a first league win of the season sees them head to fellow strugglers Ifield tomorrow (12.30pm).


The relaying of the square at Goodwood was meant to inspire Priory and help them produce better performances on the pitch.


But after three matches the Division Two table makes for sorry reading as Chi sit second bottom in the ten team division.


Matthew Geffen’s side have a chance to improve on those standings tomorrow when they head to third-bottom Ifield looking to record a win and keep contact with those sides above.


Chi will need to perform better than their last outing, which resulted in a five wicket loss to Hastings & St Leonards.


After electing to bat, Priory lost opener Simon Hastead to a duck. But Peter Lamb (25) and Daniel Wells (23) rebuilt the innings and guided Chi to 48-1.


Then the wickets started to tumble and even with good lower order contributions from Charlie Futcher (22) and Henry Condron (21) Chi struggled to a score of 160 all out from just shy of their 45 overs.


In reply, Hastings were rarely troubled as opener Tom Gillespie (42) and number three Ryan Hoadley (42) made telling scores.


With Chi struggling to take wickets, the visitors took their time and eventually reached their score with more than ten overs to spare. James Mayne was the pick of the Priory bowlers with figures of 1-29 from seven overs.


In Division Three West it’s second versus first as Pagham welcome leaders Steyning to Nyetimber Lane (12.30pm).


Stuart Hanks’ side kept up their unbeaten start to the season with a 40 run victory at Broadwater last weekend.


The win was built off the back of a 96 run opening partnership between Hanks (24) and Jack Stannard (76) which helped propel Pagham to a score of 214-8 from their 45 overs.


In reply, Broadwater looked in control at 129-4. But Nikki Tabberer (4-44) and Rico Webb (3-22) pegged back the hosts and stopped them from getting close.


Broadwater were eventually dismissed for 174, giving Pagham a 40-run victory.


In Division Seven West, Selsey made it four wins from four after beating Bognor Seconds by seven wickets.

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