Vet­eran Nor­wood stars as Che­nies hit top form

Stal­wart moves up to third with low-scor­ing victory

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Jon Batham tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­

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.


Photo by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­ BA153275

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