Six on the spin keeps Ley as kings of the Hill

Wag­goners beaten con­vinc­ingly dur­ing derby battle

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­

MID BUCKS CRICKET LEAGUE PRE­MIER DI­VI­SION Ballinger Wag­goners Ley Hill 136 all out

143-1 A SIXTH win in a row saw Ley Hill re­main top of the league on Satur­day as derby ri­vals Ballinger Wag­goners were put to the sword.

Ballinger chose to bat but were soon in trou­ble, los­ing two wickets in three balls to fall to 7-2, be­fore Andy Thomp­son and Ian Davies ral­lied, tak­ing the score to 64 be­fore Davies was caught at first slip for 20 by Su­ranga Daluwatta from the bowl­ing of Sam­path Dasanayake, who was mak­ing a wel­come re­turn for Ley Hill.

David Liv­ing­stone then lasted only seven balls be­fore be­ing bowled by Daluwatta, and the ef­fer­ves­cent Carl­ton Sid­dle made a brave 23, but once he had fallen and Thomp­son had been caught by his name­sake, Lewis Thomp­son, for 47, the wickets fell fairly quickly, leav­ing Ballinger all out for 136.

The wickets had been spread fairly evenly among the Ley Hill bowlers, but Felix Cham­ber­lain’s


Bats­men Craig Peter­son (left) and Ben Ford were ea­ger to win pair was com­ple­mented by a throw which ran out Ballinger’s best bats­man, Rollo McIn­tyre, be­fore he had scored any runs.

Ley Hill open­ers Craig Peter­son and Ben Ford were determined to win with­out los­ing any wickets, and it seemed as if they might do just that un­til, with the scores level, Ford fell for 60 to a splen­did catch by Andy Thomp­son.

with­out drop­ping any wickets

Lewis Thomp­son faced three balls and only scored off one of them, but it in typ­i­cal Thomp­son style that was a huge six for the win­ning runs, while Peter­son ended on 60 not out for his high­est score of the sea­son.

Mean­while, Hill’s sec­onds looked dead and buried try­ing to de­fend 155 as op­po­nents Had­den­ham raced to 39-0, but Doug Petrie top­pled their top or­der with a great spell of 5-31, be­fore Talib Hus­sain (4-36) helped fin­ish them off for 135.

An­other high­light was a bizarre catch which saw wick­et­keeper Ian Ste­wart fum­ble to­wards Andy Ren­nard, who in turn pushed the ball to­wards Ross Kemp, who threw him­self for­wards to take the ball at full length just be­fore it reached the ground.

Pho­tos by Les Wil­liams www.buyapho­ BE153575

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