Shep­herd helps Saints in battle of strug­glers

Half cen­tury from all-rounder paves way to four wicket win

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Jon Batham jon.batham@trin­i­tymir­

THAMES VAL­LEY LEAGUE DI­VI­SION 4A Chal­font St Peter 243-5 Bea­cons­field 2s 244-6

Bea­cons­field won by 4 wickets LUKE Shep­herd’s half-cen­tury saw Bea­cons­field to a first win of the sea­son against fel­low strug­glers Chal­font St Peter on Satur­day.

The all-rounder struck 72 as the hosts suc­cess­fully chased down a seem­ingly tough tar­get of 244 with some ease, win­ning with plenty to spare.

Victory lifted the men of Wil­ton Park to the rel­a­tive sanc­tu­ary of mid-ta­ble for now at least, but leaves their op­po­nents won­der­ing where that elu­sive first win may come from.

Such an out­come looked un­likely when, bat­ting first, Jerry Sewell (42) and Mudho Ahmed (41) laid a good plat­form for Saints with an open­ing stand of 96.

Asim Ahmed then took up the man­tle to top score with 57 and Mo­ham­mad Sha­jaudin (46 not out) and Eliot Beevor (28) looked to have pressed home the early ad­van­tage be­fore the lat­ter’s dis­missal closed the innings at 243-5.

Saqib Ahmed and Paddy Keogh then tight­ened the vis­i­tors’ grip on pro­ceeed­ings with an early wicket apiece as Bea­cons­field’s open­ers fell cheaply.

How­ever, Shep­herd then took over in com­pany with Ross Richard­son to build the stand which turned the match.

Both pun­ished the vis­i­tors’ attack, while Chal­font de­liv­ered some self-in­flicted wounds too as catches were dropped in a shoddy field­ing dis­play.

Beevor even­tu­ally bowled Shep­herd and Richard­son was stumped, but the dam­age was done and Hugh Suter’s as­sured 38 not out took the hosts over the win­ning line.

Chal­font’s crumb of com­fort was that the 13 points gained took them off the bot­tom, but they may well re­flect this was one which got away.

Sadly, their sec­ond XI fared no bet­ter in Di­vi­sion 6A, los­ing to Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’ sec­onds by seven wickets.

And Bea­cons­field’s first XI also tasted de­feat by the same mar­gin against Flak­land in Di­vi­sion One.

David Heavy­side hit 67, but the hosts’ to­tal of 198-8 was eas­ily over­hauled.

Else­where in Di­vi­sion One, Andy God­dard’s un­beaten 66 went to waste as Che­sham lost to Ever­s­ley by four wickets. Joseph McGowan also hit 50 in Che­sham’s 218-9, but Ever­s­ley chased it down with time to spare.

Three more half cen­turies from Ed Turner, Matt Wat­son and David Hughes D’aeth could not save Che­sham’s sec­onds from a sim­i­lar fate at Hare­field, while not even a su­perb 121 from Richard Gre­gory could pre­vent a sixwicket de­feat for the thirds as well against Chiswick & Whit­ton in Di­vi­sion 5A.

Photo by Grant Humphreys www.buyaphoto BE153276

KICKER: Jay Sewell put on a good open­ing part­ner­ship with Mudho Ahmed for CSP against Bea­cons­field sec­onds

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