Monks wipe away Ley Hill’s un­beaten record

Ti­tle ri­vals Ris­bor­ough take vic­tory in rain-af­fected match

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

MID BUCKS CRICKET LEAGUE PREMIER DI­VI­SION Monks Ris­bor­ough Ley Hill 128

80 LEY Hill lost their un­beaten record to ti­tle ri­vals Monks Ris­bor­ough, who re­placed them at the top of the Premier Di­vi­sion ta­ble as a re­sult, on Satur­day.

Hill had been en­cour­aged by the news that last week, when their own match has been rained off, Monks had lost by four runs to Holmer Green, thus miss­ing the op­por­tu­nity to take over top spot.

This week, Monks chose to bat and were soon a wicket down thanks to a great de­liv­ery by Chris Mor­ris (3-22), and with wick­ets fall­ing of­ten, it was up to to Monks chair­man Mo­ham­mad Am­jad to make the runs.

His brave 53 was a huge part of their to­tal of 128, as Su­ranga

GREAT DE­LIV­ERY: Ley Hill bowler Chris Mor­ris cel­e­brates tak­ing a Holmer Green wicket at the Watchet Lane ground. Daluwatta (3-20) and Lewis Thompson (3-31) both bowled su­perbly to seem­ingly set the Hill up nicely for a win.

And then it rained just enough to give the Monks bowlers, who were swapped regularly, a good chance, and two wick­ets fell when the Hill were on 23, fol­lowed by a third seven runs later.

Then more rain, and when the play­ers even­tu­ally re­turned the Hill’s tar­get had dropped to 113, us­ing the league’s rain-re­duced av­er­age-score sys­tem.

De­spite this, it was the Monks’ bowlers who re­mained on top, with big-hitter Lewis Thompson bowled first ball, and when skip­per Craig Peter­son was lbw for a top score of 29 it was down­hill all the way.

Hill’s sec­onds also had the rain to blame for ru­in­ing their chances of a vic­tory, as hav­ing scored 172-6 with­out any in­ter­rup­tions, the match was then aban­doned with­out Wen­dover be­ing able to bat. Colin Bow­den (43), Cal­lum Wil­son (39) and An­thony Gaze (36) had all bat­ted, while Andy Ren­nard’s sec­ond six cleared the pav­il­ion.

Hill’s thirds could equally blame the weather for not win­ning their match against Ayles­bury thirds. Bran­don Turberville took 4-31 as Ayles­bury were bowled out for 134, but the re­ply lasted only 4.2 overs be­fore the heav­ens opened.

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