The Cross let down by sloppy field­ing and bowl­ing

GER­RARDS CROSS

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Ian Thomp­son ian.thomp­son@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

Ger­rards Cross bats­man Sam West­away watches as his bails fall at Amer­sham’s Shard­e­loes ground

Photo by Jon Mikol www.buyapho­totms.co.uk BE153036 Amer­sham 221-9 Ger­rards Cross 153 Amer­sham won by 68 runs AF­TER last week’s thump­ing win against Cove, Ger­rards Cross were brought back down to earth by Amer­sham in Satur­day’s derby, los­ing by 68 runs.

Amer­sham made a slow start against the swing­ing, seam­ing ball, but Andy Viney led the way with a solid 65 as Amer­sham reached 107-3 af­ter 30 overs.

Sloppy field­ing and undis­ci­plined bowl­ing in the lat­ter overs fur­ther boosted Amer­sham’s fi­nal score to 221, about 30 more than they should have been al­lowed.

Hugh Jack­son was at the cen­tre of the late flurry with an un­beaten 40, while Richard Knud­sen and El­liott Green both fin­ished with fig­ures of 3-40 for the Cross.

In re­ply, the Cross re­cov­ered af­ter the loss of two early wickets – skip­per Matthew Wat­son for a duck and opener Sam West­away for one – with James Crosth­waite (70) dom­i­nat­ing a third-wicket stand of 73 with Dan Hamp­ton as they wrested back the ini­tia­tive.

But af­ter the loss of both Crosth­waite and Hamp­ton in quick suc­ces­sion, the wheels fell off for the Cross and the re­main­ing bats­men tamely sur­ren­dered from 104-8 to 153 all out, with only Sam Bracey (23) mak­ing it into dou­ble fig­ures.

Maduka Liyana­p­athi­ran­age did the dam­age for Amer­sham, tak­ing 4-6 in five overs as the Cross’ innings crashed and burned in dou­ble quick time, with Ni­cholas Buchanan chip­ping in with fig­ures of 3-19 from 8.1.

WATT A SHOT: Holmer Green’s Matt Watt hits out against Ley Hill at the Watchet Lane ground.

Photo by Jon Mikol BE153035

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