Amersham’s fine finish gives shine to season
Second string side enjoy decent run after disappointment
CHILTERNS CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION FOUR
Amersham Hill seconds The Lee seconds Amersham won by 34 runs AMERSHAM Hill seconds were looking to end their season on a high on Saturday after the disappointment of missing out on promotion.
Hill only had 10 men due to a late illness, but won the toss and elected to bat, then got off to a great start with 26 coming off the first two overs. But Ron Hedley fell for 16 and Jonnie Cooper for two to bring their opponents, The Lee seconds, into the game.
A stand between Stuart Squires (23) and Daniel Newton took Hill onto 117 before Squires fell, while Newton’s 80 cemented his place as leading run scorer for the season before his dismissal.
Wickets then fell cheaply and left Hill on 150-7, but luck went their way when Chris Tucker was caught off a no ball first ball, and he went on to hit a belligerent 51 in a last wicket stand of 53 to take Hill on to 223 all out. Guy Morgan took 4-74 and 14-yearold Max Hutt 3-32 for The Lee.
Hill then took early wickets, but an excellent stand between Hutt (77) and John Francis (51 no), took The Lee to within touching 223 all out 189 all out distance of victory with wickets in hand, until the decision of Hill skipper Sam Bugden to bring himself back on changed the game.
With the help of two brilliant caught and bowleds, he finished with best figures of 8-50 to take Hill to victory, with The Lee finishing on 189 all out.
Meanwhile, Hedley was part of the Buckinghamshire Over 60s seconds side knocked out of the National Bowl Knock Out Cup in controversial circumstances against Essex.
Bucks were put into bat and found run scoring difficult, as an opening stand of 32 between Hedley (23) and Penn & Tylers Green’s Terry Bentley (14) laid a foundation before the fall of quick wickets put Essex in control.
MK City’s George Nelson (48) and Chesham’s John Pothecary (22) helped give Bucks a total of 139-9 off 45 overs to defend, keeping them in the hunt for a semi-final place.
After some early wickets, excellent bowling from Bledlow Village’s Jim Spooner (2-31), Dave Burton and Hawridge & Cholesbury’s Richard Vasey (1-9) took the match to the final few overs.
But after Terry Bentley had received a controversial LBW decision in the Bucks innings, tensions ran high when a caught behind was turned down, followed by an LBW appeal in the last three overs that would have given Bucks victory.
Instead, the reprieves gave Essex victory with four balls to spare.
BUSY WEEK: Ron Headley (above left) was in action for club and county; (above right) Daniel Newton cemented his place as top scorer for Amersham seconds