Monks wipe away Ley Hill’s unbeaten record
Title rivals Risborough take victory in rain-affected match
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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