Che­sham find feet to put an end to poor run

Dene are shot down in game short­ened by rain CRICKET

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Trevor Tay­lor tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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