Chal­lon­ers’ poor start

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MID BUCKS CRICKET LEAGUE DI­VI­SION ONE Chal­lon­ers 146 all out Lit­tle Gad­des­den 103-6 THE tone was set for Chal­lon­ers’ de­feat to Lit­tle Gad­des­den on Satur­day when they lost both openers, Lawrence Cham­ber­lain and Chris Price, for sin­gle fig­ures with just 16 on the board.

Saqib Ali (31) man­aged to push the score past 50, but it was fa­ther and son Si­mon and Char­lie Wood, putting on 50 for the sixth wicket, who re­ally res­cued the in­nings.

How­ever, when they lost Char­lie for 21 and Si­mon four runs later, things looked bleak as the next two wick­ets man­aged only six be­tween them, and it was left to vet­er­ans Howard Cham­ber­lain (15) and Heinz Richard­son (15) to frus­trate Lit­tle Gad­des­den with a 30-run last wicket part­ner­ship.

The rain duly ar­rived at tea, mak­ing it any­thing but ideal con­di­tions for the Chal­lon­ers bowlers, and by the time they grabbed a cou­ple of wick­ets the tar­get had been re­duced to 103.

The ever de­pend­able Heinz Richard­son (2-23) and Has­nain Ahmed (2-30) chipped in with a cou­ple of wick­ets to give Chal­lon­ers hope, but Lit­tle Gad­des­den eased to a four-wicket win.

In the same di­vi­sion, the derby be­tween Hawridge & Choles­bury and Prest­wood was rained off, while in the Premier Di­vi­sion, Ballinger Wag­goners were lick­ing their lips af­ter bowl­ing out for 165 but did not get to face a sin­gle ball in re­ply be­fore the heav­ens opened.

Else­where in the same di­vi­sion, Knotty Green bagged a first win of the sea­son when they beat Bourne End by two wick­ets, while Holmer Green over­came Braden­ham by three wick­ets.

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