Chesham find feet to put an end to poor run
Dene are shot down in game shortened by rain CRICKET
THAMES VALLEY LEAGUE DIVISION ONE Cookham Dene 151-8 Chesham 154-6 Chesham won by four wickets FOLLOWING three consecutive defeats, Chesham finally regained their form to defeat Cookham Dene in a match reduced to 74 overs due to earlier rain on Saturday.
Cookham batted first and struggled against the lively bowling of Ashley Turney and young Jamie Anderson. At one time they were 60-6, but owed much to their skipper, Ben Miller, who held firm and batted through to enable his side to reach 151-8 off 39 overs.
Chesham then lost the early wickets of Barney Atkins and new Bucks county cap Jason Rance, before Matt Rance (55) and Andy Goddard (47) engaged in a match-winning partnership to give Chesham victory by four wickets with an over to spare.
In Division 2a, Chesham’s seconds batted consistently throughout their innings to total 236-9, with the recuperating Dan Babula top scoring with 46, but Windsor then chased well to earn victory by a solitary wicket in an exciting finish.
The third XI suffered a similar fate in Division 5a, their total of 206-8 owing much to the ever reliable Mo Asuaf, who held things together in scoring 66, but Maidenhead & Bray seconds had little difficulty in overtaking the Chesham score for the loss of seven wickets.
Back in Division One, another team who have been struggling for form of late, Beaconsfield, failed to build on last week’s win over Kew.
Having reached 132-9 from 52 overs, the Wilton Park side allowed Marlow (133-3) a seven wicket win inside 38 overs in reply.
STANDING FIRM: Matt Rance struck 55 in a match-winning partnership