Chal­lon­ers’ streak ends

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

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.

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