Game attempt but the defeats keep coming
More for under-10s to celebrate as trophies handed out
HOME COUNTIES PREMIER LEAGUE DIVISION ONE Gerrards Cross 136 all out Harefield 139-5 Harefield won by five wickets GERRARDS Cross suffered their seventh defeat in the league on Saturday.
Up against a fellow basement outfit, the Cross had a demoralising morning session and went in for lunch with the score at 90-8.
The ball was not moving a great deal in the humid conditions, but the Cross engineered their own downfall with a series of reckless shots.
Sam Westaway (21) and Billy Hunt (27) did their best to save the day, with a ninth-wicket stand of 46.
The Cross claimed two early wickets, but partnerships of 50 and 41 and 46 featuring Chomunorwa Chibhabha secured Harefield’s first league win of the season.
Meanwhile, Finn Morrisroe has been named as U10 batsman of the year, Saif Khan took the U10 bowler award and Thomas Guy was colt of the year.
Amersham got the club’s week off to a flying start on Saturday with a six-wicket win over Dinton, which takes them up to fifth in the Home Counties Premier League Division Two.
Excellent bowling by Alex Lines (1-58), Nick Buchanan (2-42) and especially Stephan Joubert (6-29) restricted Dinton to 137 all out after Luke Jackson won the toss and chose to bowl first in helpful conditions.
The Amersham run chase began well, with an opening partnership of 51 between Bruce Frederichs and Joubert.
After Joubert had gone for 38, a flurry of wickets followed, leaving Amersham at 64-3, but Andy Viney’s cool head kept Frederichs company, and the latter then completed a valuable half century shortly before the winning runs were scored.
The seconds continued their 100 per cent record with a demolition of Marlow seconds to widen the gap at the top of Division 4A of the Thames Valley League.
Jack Kilgannon (94 not out), Ollie Haddock (70) and Nick Nguyen (55) led the way as Amersham raced to 277-3, before Luke Douglas (7-26) bowled Marlow out for 126.
Back in Home Counties League Division Two, Jack Beaven was the star for Chesham as they raced to victory over Reading.
He needed just 10 overs to rip the heart out of the Reading order and claim 5-15 as they crumpled to 76 all out.
Chesham needed only 11 overs to claim victory at 78-1.
Praful Waghera led the way, cracking eight fours on his way to 48 not out.
Chalfont St Peter could have done with some fairy dust in their Thames Valley League Division 3B match.
They were up against it from the start on Saturday, with eight players failing to make double figures. Tahir Amin achieved the top score – 23 – as they tumbled to 73 all out, and Chenies and Latimer took little time in sealing victory on 76-3.
There was more joy for Beaconsfield, who hammered 215-5 against Marlow in Division Two and then skittled out their rivals for 132.
Gerrards Cross batsman Matt Watson; (inset, below) young trophy winners (from left) Finn Morrisroe, Thomas Guy and Sair Khan
LOSING BATTLE: Gerrards Cross captain Steve Rimmer attempts to stem the flow against Harefield