Challoners’ streak ends
Challoners lost by 106 runs CHALLONERS’ winning streak came to an end as they were comfortably beaten by Haddenham on Saturday.
Hopes of continuing the momentum built up in the early weeks of the season were high when, having put their opponents in, new-ball pairing Asghar Mahmood and Heinz Richardson removed the openers cheaply.
However, it was downhill from there as Haddenham’s Gavin Castelyn (91) and Luke Fisher (50) swung the game the way of the visitors.
Simon Wood (3-40) bowled the latter and after Castelyn perished Mahmood (3-43) and Richardson (3-56) ran through the tail to leave Challoners 221 to win.
Sadly, too many wickets fell early in the chase and despite a valiant 36 from Saqib Ali the target was never in sight as they slid to defeat.
Elsewhere in Division One, there was no joy for Hawridge & Cholesbury either as they lost by 13 runs at new leaders Potten End.
Mohammed Rifai’s 56, including a six and 10 fours, looked to have them favourites to reach a target of 176, but after he fell caught behind they collapsed to 126-7.
Andy Halliday (pictured) hit 34 to revive hopes, but the visitors fell tantalizingly short.