Lead­ers Ley Hill con­tinue their best start

CRICKET

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

MID BUCKS CRICKET LEAGUE PRE­MIER DI­VI­SION Down­ley Ley Hill 204-7 205-3 LEAD­ERS Ley Hill beat Down­ley on Satur­day to not only pre­serve their 100 per cent record and stay top, but also en­sure the first team’s best ever start to a sea­son.

With Down­ley bat, Ley Hill’s

choos­ing to bowlers were tested through­out, with Richard Clarke tak­ing 3-60 as their op­po­nents made 204-7.

Ley Hill’s re­ply got off to the worst pos­si­ble start when Pete Tuck­ett fell for a duck with just a sin­gle run on the board, but af­ter that their bats­men took con­trol.

Skip­per Craig Peter­son came in at three and set­tled things down be­fore a sloppy shot saw him caught for 23, while Ollie Runswick con­tin­ued his good form with a fine 67.

Sharp-shooter Lewis Thomp­son then rat­tled in 70 off 44 balls to set up Ley Hill for victory, and Clarke came in to score the fi­nal runs with an ex­cel­lent knock of 31.

The sec­onds went down to lo­cal ri­vals Hawridge & Choles­bury, de­spite a valu­able 47 from skip­per Iain Ste­wart, who came in at three with none yet scored, and a ma­jes­tic 62 from Sam­path Dasanayake in his first ap­pear­ance of the sea­son.

A very young third XI also went down to Bourne End sec­onds, who were sport­ing enough to not let their fast bowlers tear holes in the teenage bat­ting line up, and even al­lowed the young­sters to play some shots be­fore bowl­ing them out for 75.

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