Re­build­ing the pri­or­ity

Cross cap­tain re­fuses to get car­ried away Pan­thers wor­thy league champs

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though and have strength in depth.”

In have come leg spin­ner El­liott Green, who has played mi­nor county cricket for Shrop­shire, as well as top or­der bats­man Alis­tair Birkby from High Wy­combe and Aussie opener James Crosth­waite.

Birkby and Crosth­waite both got off to in­aus­pi­cious starts against Cove, fall­ing for a duck and two re­spec­tively as the hosts stut­tered to 3-1 and 16-2.

But Sam West­away (43) led a re­cov­ery which was car­ried on by the mid­dle or­der, with Wat­son him­self mak­ing 91, Jamie Hod­dle un­beaten on 81 and Dan Hamp­ton chip­ping in with a 40 ball knock of 51, as the Cross fin­ished on 316-7 off 50 overs.

Bucks county player Hamp­ton then dis­played his all-round tal­ents by tak­ing 5-28 off 7.4

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lot more overs, while Green showed why he has won county caps too by tak­ing 4-37 off 7 as Cove were dis­missed for 184.

Wat­son added: “We did well, although we didn’t think it would be as high a scor­ing game as it was. It was good to put a marker down for the year.

“We have guys in the mid­dle or­der who can re­ally smack it and put us in a po­si­tion to win games, but Sam West­away did the hard work when the ball was swing­ing around early on.

“Jamie Hod­dle had his best ever innings – he will never see the like of that again.

“He is a bril­liant ball striker and we have chal­lenged him to take the shack­les off this year.”

How­ever, in the same di­vi­sion, it was not a good open­ing day for Amer­sham CC who, de­spite an un­beaten 81 from An­drew Viney, col­lapse to 192 all out be­fore los­ing by six wickets to Datchet.

We have a young, ad­ven­tur­ous side who just want to play at­tack­ing cricket, so who knows?”

CON­SOL­I­DA­TION: Ger­rards Cross cap­tain Matt Wat­son says there is a two-year plan

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