Ballinger downed by Bourne in record loss
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.