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Chi look to make it three in a row at Billingshurst

Chichester Priory Park will be hoping their bowlers continue to shine as they take on high-flying Billingshurst in Sussex Division Two tomorrow (12.30pm).

 

Matthew Geffen’s side have found their stride in recent weeks after a poor start to the season.

 

A 63-run victory over Goring last weekend was sealed after a fine display by the Priory opening bowlers.

 

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Chi started solidly with Abhi Raut (23) and Simon Hasted (24) laying the foundations at the top of the order.

 

But a hat-trick from Kellen Carmichael (4-34) ripped a hole in Priory’s top order and left them struggling on 32-4.

 

It was left to the Priory tail to wag with Joe De La Fuente (31) helping them to a score of 160-9 in their 45 overs.

 

Defending a small total Chi needed a good start – and they got one through Dan Joseph (4-19) and Geffen (4-12)

 

After being reduced to 8 for five, the visitors managed to rebuild thanks to Stuart Carter (43). But eventually Goring were dismissed for 97, ensuring Chi recorded back-to-back wins.

 

In Sussex Premier Division, Middleton will be looking to bounce back to winning ways as they head to Brighton & Hove this weekend (11.30am).

 

It will be third versus fourth at the Neville Sports Ground as Sean Heather’s side look to register their first victory in three matches.

 

Middleton came out a narrow second best against Preston Nomads as they pushed the title challengers all the way.

 

Batting first, excellent performances from opener Harry Hovey (48), Mahesh Rawat (78*) and Mason Robinson helped them to a score of 239 for 7 from their 50 overs.

 

In reply, Nomads got off to a strong start and Middleton struggled to stop the home side from scoring as Usman Khan (63) and Dan Phillips (70) saw them home with four wickets in hand.

 

In Division Three West Pagham welcome West Chiltington & Thakeham to Nyetimber Lane tomorrow (12.30pm) looking to keep up the pressure on those above them in the table.

 

Stuart Hanks’ side suffered their second loss of the season last time out falling 45 runs short in a high-scoring match against Roffey 2s.

 

Rico Webb (4-51) was the star performer with the ball as the visitors scored 265 all out with Hanks (54), Ryan Barratt (51) and Justin Scott (52) contributing as Pagham fell short, reaching 220 all out.

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