Aussie Crosthwaite too strong for Chesham
CHESHAM CC found Gerrards Cross’s overseas Aussie star James Crosthwaite too hot to handle on Saturday.
Batting first, Chesham scored steadily throughout their innings, with good contributions from Barney Atkins (48), Jason Rance (33), Andy Goddard (30) and Chris Hedges (20), enabling them to 214-9 in their allotted 45 overs.
In reply, the Cross began strongly, Crosthwaite dominating the innings with a fluent 73 and, in spite of the loss of former Chesham colt Ally Birkby for a duck, good support came from Dan Hampton and Matthew Watson.
The Cross seemed to be cruising to victory until there was a flurry of wickets to Jason Rance (2-9) and the leg spin of Andy Goddard (3-34), but with eight wickets down the winning hit was made with an over to spare.
However, Chesham’s seconds were victorious in the game against the Cross, totalling 208-3 thanks largely to an opening partnership of 119 between Mark D’Eath (83) and Mark Hall (63), with a further 52 from Chris Morris.
In replying, the Cross were dismissed for 191 in 43 overs, thanks to good bowling by Steve Ayres (3-33) and young Mark Burden (2-35).
Chesham begin their Morrant Thames Valley League campaign this Saturday, with the first XI hosting Marlow, the seconds away at Maidenhead & Bray, the thirds at Harefield and the fourths at home to Harefield.