The Cross let down by sloppy fielding and bowling
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.
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