Ballinger downed by Bourne in record loss


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MID-BUCKS CRICKET LEAGUE PRE­MIER DI­VI­SION Bourne End 337-9 Ballinger Wag­goners 223-7

Wag­goners lost by 114 runs IF you will par­don the pun, it is time for Ballinger to cir­cle the wag­goners af­ter they were hit for a record score by Bourne End on Satur­day.

Miss­ing key per­son­nel, the hosts suf­fered the fur­ther mis­for­tune of los­ing the toss on a bel­ter of a wicket for bat­ting and were put to the sword.

The vis­i­tors scored quickly from the off, aided by a light­ning fast out­field, though a clutch of LBW’s of­fered Wag­goners a hint of hope at 213-7.

How­ever, this was the cue for M Shah to hit a 50-ball ton con­tain­ing seven sixes and 10 fours, with Monty Thomp­son and Nick Adams bear­ing the brunt of his fury.

The for­mer, af­ter tak­ing 2-4 in his first over, saw the next three cost 49, while Adams’ fi­nal six de­liv­er­ies were dis­patched to all parts cost­ing him 32 runs.

Chas­ing a tar­get of 338 al­ways looked a big ask and hope­sall but ended with the early dis­missal of in-form big hit­ter Rollo McIn­tyre.

Danny Draper played beau­ti­fully for 53 and Thomp­son was left un­beaten at the fin­ish on 54, but Wag­goners were well short.

There was bet­ter news for Wag­goners’ sec­onds how­ever as they beat Hamden by 28 runs thanks to an in­spired spell by skip­per Paul Brani­gan.

With their hosts threat­en­ing to chase down a tar­get of 206, Brani­gan stuck to the old crick­et­ing adage of ‘you miss, I hit’ with star­tling ef­fect as he re­turned fig­ures of 6-33 in his six overs to turn the game back in Wag­goners’ favour.

Ear­lier, Toby Lyons (60) and Fred­die Thomp­son (57) proved the main­stays of the vis­i­tors’ bat­ting ef­fort, their half cen­turies tak­ing Wag­goners be­yond the psy­cho­log­i­cal 200 bar­rier.

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