Six on the spin keeps Ley as kings of the Hill
Waggoners beaten convincingly during derby battle
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.