Wag­goners train was a com­plete run­away

Op­po­nents given moun­tain to climb by ruth­less ju­niors

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Justin Guthrie tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

Con­trib­uted Con­trib­uted

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

326-4 195-16

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