Waggoners train was a complete runaway
Opponents given mountain to climb by ruthless juniors
A FIRST-CLASS display with bat and ball resulted in a convincing win and a cup final place for Ballinger under-10s.
Having put on a mammoth score of 326-4 (nett run rate), Ballinger never looked like losing, but they were equally ruthless with the ball.
Max Conway batted aggressively and kept wicket flawlessly; Archie Tatum took a three-for to go with his impressive batting contribution; even Raphi Weatherall, an U9 player competing above his age, scored 16 runs off eight balls before taking two wickets.
However, the stand-out performer in both innings was arguably Oliver Webb, whose huge opening stand with Tim Hayes and three-wicket haul paved the way to victory.
After the two openers departed, Tatum and Sebastian Phillips continued the push to take Ballinger to 254 from eight overs.
Louis Barton, Finn Henry, Weatherall and Kuran Biring all contributed to push the score on to 290, before Conway and Thomas Berens’ 36 runs in the final four overs completed an outstanding batting display.
Cublington just could not handle the hosts’ precise bowling as Hayes (one wicket), Tatum, Berens (two), Webb, Weatherall, Biring (two) and Phillips (two) tore through the visitors’ batting order with the help of Conway’s athletic keeping.
Ballinger seniors were unable to replicate their young counterparts’ performance, and could only post 101 against Bourne End’s 159 in the Mid Bucks League Premier.
Andy Thompson grabbed three wickets and three catches, and was Ballinger’s fourth top scorer with an unbeaten seven.
Ley Hill made hard work of a win over rock-bottom Wendover, winning by just four wickets despite having the visitors on the ropes at 97-8.
Wendover went on to make a competitive score of 120 despite preci s e bowling from Chris Morris (3-19) and Suranga Daluwatta (3-14), before Pete Tuckett’s 43 runs laid the foundations for Ley Hill to secure the win.
Holmer Green edged past Downley by a single wicket while in Division One, Challoners took the honours in their derby with Prestwood by three wickets.
In Division Two, Hawridge and Cholesbury continue to top the table after a hardfought 24-run win over Downl e y seconds.
Mohammed Rifai scored yet another century in a match-winning fifth-wicket partnership with Steve White while spinner Richard Vasey took 4-42 with the ball.
SMASHING: Ballinger Waggoners under-10s were unstoppable in their semi-final against Cublington
FOUR-FOR: Richard Vasey (Hawridge and Cholesbury) piling the agony on for Downley
PILE DRIVER: Mohammed Rifai on his way to another century for H&C
BUCKS CRICKET U10 CUP SEMI-FINAL Ballinger Waggoners Cublington
Ballinger win by 131 runs