Stal­wart Cham­ber­lain uses his ex­pe­ri­ence

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KOOK­ABURRA MID BUCKS CRICKET LEAGUE DI­VI­SION ONE Lacey Green Chal­lon­ers 149 all out

150-8 VET­ERAN Howard Cham­ber­lain used all his ex­pe­ri­ence to help get Chal­lon­ers back to win­ning ways in a last ball thriller at Lacey Green on Satur­day.

Chal­lon­ers elected to field first, and with the con­sis­tency of Heinz Richard­son’s line and length frus­trat­ing the Lacey open­ers, his first scalp came in his fourth over, fol­lowed by an im­pres­sive stump­ing from Chris Price.

Dar­rin Charl­ton (3-28) then struck with two quick wickets, the sec­ond fol­low­ing a stunning catch by Saqib Ali in the slips, fol­lowed by a cou­ple for Char­lie Wood, and just when the Lacey tail started wag­ging, Wood (4-34) took two more to bowl them out for 149.

Af­ter Chal­lon­ers lost skip­per Lawrence Cham­ber­lain early in their re­ply, Charl­ton and Price dug in with an im­pres­sive part­ner­ship be­fore the lat­ter went for 18, fol­lowed by Ali for a duck.

Charl­ton was joined by his brother, Sean, and they took the attack to the bowlers be­fore Dar­rin (47) was bowled out just short of his half cen­tury, and Sean con­tin­ued to strike the ball well un­til he was bowled for 38.

At 134-7 the game could have gone ei­ther way, and the score crept up to 148 be­fore Paul Richards was caught at slip.

Syed Zaki came in and hit a nervy sin­gle to level the scores, but that was fol­lowed by two dot balls, mean­ing it was down to the last ball. With the Lacey field­ers closing, Cham­ber­lain held his nerve to hit the vi­tal run for victory.

Mean­while, in the same di­vi­sion, Prest­wood went down by an ag­o­nis­ing six runs to Wen­dover.

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