Veteran Norwood stars as Chenies hit top form
Stalwart moves up to third with low-scoring victory
THAMES VALLEY LEAGUE 3B Chenies & Latymer Gerrards Cross IIs SCOTT Norwood played the vital hand as Chenies & Latymer beat neighbours Gerrards Cross on Saturday to move third in the table.
Norwood, a stalwart of Chenies since making his debut more than a decade ago at the age of 14 and who has made 1,000 runs in a season in their colours, continued his fine form of this campaign so far, playing the one innings of substance in a low scoring affair.
It was the second game in a row he had passed the half century mark, but while last week’s effort came in defeat, here his 60 proved the difference between the two sides.
The other Chenies batsman struggled in the wake of a fine spell by Barry Hunt (5-55), meaning Gerrards Cross would have felt they were in with a shout ahead of the run chase.
However, no one in the hosts’ line-up could replicate Norwood’s feat for the visitors and they came up well short.
Norwood was not the only Chenies batsman in form this week, with 2nd XI vice-captain Mohammad Ateeq’s sparkling 124 leading his side to a 133-run thrashing of Henley fourths.
Meanwhile, in Home Counties Premier Division Two, Gerrards Cross’s first team did no better than their seconds as they suffered a three-wicket defeat at the hands of Dinton.
Batting first, a century stand between Ali Birkby (77) and Jamie Hoddle (37) rescued Cross from 87-4, carrying them to 222-6.
A useful target looked enormous when first Hoddle (3-24) and then Joe Bracey (3-30) each took two wickets in two balls to Dinton floundering at 110-7.
However, victory was snatched away as host skipper Alister Gibbins (97no) and Nheem Amin (31no) shared a stand of 114 to win it for Dinton.
If that one got away from Cross, 48 hours later they showed their prowess at the shortest form of the game to reach T20 finals day courtesy of a 10-wicket humbling of Horspath.
Cross were on the back foot early on as, led by Harrison Ward (44), Horspath rattled up to 63-0 off the first seven overs.
However, Richard Knudson (3-24) trapped the danger man lbw, after which spinners Bracey (1-18) and Elliott Green strangled the innings, which petered out to 138-9.
This proved no challenge to Dan Hampton, who launched one six into a neighbouring garden to reach 50 in 33 balls.
He finished the game with 17 runs off his final five balls faced to end 88 not out and, with Sam Westaway unbeaten on 49 at the other end, Cross won in style with 25 balls to spare.
VICTORY: Andrew Chapman bats for Chenies against Gerrards Cross seconds