Amer­sham’s fine fin­ish gives shine to sea­son

Sec­ond string side en­joy de­cent run after dis­ap­point­ment

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­


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

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