Hawridge fight for land­mark first victory

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KOOKBURRA MID BUCKS LEAGUE DI­VI­SION ONE Chal­lon­ers Hawridge & Choles­bury 153 all out

154-4 Neil Jones (3-12), ripped through their mid­dle or­der, with sup­port from Char­lie Barker (2-6) and Mo­hammed Ri­fai (1-24).

A late burst from Chal­lon­ers vet­eran Howard Cham­ber­lain (25no) saw them to 153 all out in the last of their 40 overs, but it would prove to be not enough, de­spite Hawridge’s re­ply get­ting off to the worst pos­si­ble start by los­ing Ri­fai, last year’s star bats­man, to the very first ball of their innings.

Af­ter that dream start, Chal­lon­ers’ open­ing bowlers As­ghar Mah­mood and Heinz Richard­son kept a tight hold on the scor­ing rate, but wickets failed to ma­te­ri­alise. At 10 overs into their innings, Hawridge were 17-1, and at 20 they were 49-1.

Steve White (39) and Matthew Rutt (62 no) re­built slowly at first in the face of some qual­ity ac­cu­rate bowl­ing, but opened up later on to put on a part­ner­ship of 83, be­fore Akram (46) ar­rived to attack the bowl­ing and added 67 with Rutt to

GOOD START: (Left) James Cath bowl­ing for Hawridge & Choles­bury and (right) Matthew Rutt on his way to an un­beaten 62 get Hawridge close be­fore go­ing to a fan­tas­tic div­ing keeper’s catch.

De­spite a late squeeze on the scor­ing, Steve Drane scored the win­ning runs with seven balls left to com­plete a six-wicket win, with Rutt fin­ish­ing un­beaten on 62.

The pick of the Chal­lon­ers bowlers was Dar­rin Charl­ton with 3-48.

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