Aussie Crosth­waite too strong for Che­sham

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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.

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