Rance’s third 50 in a row sees off Bea­cons­field


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139 140-2 LO­CAL brag­ging rights went to Che­sham on Satur­day as they saw off Bea­cons­field by eight wick­ets in Thames Val­ley League Di­vi­sion One.

The re­turn of Aussie pace­man Dan Bab­ula and good all round bowl­ing saw Bea­cons­field dis­missed for a lowly 139, while in re­ply Matt Rance hit his third con­sec­u­tive half cen­tury, end­ing un­de­feated with 57, to help Che­sham to coast home by at 140-2.

The sec­onds, how­ever, suf­fered a com­pre­hen­sive home de­feat to Fin­champ­stead sec­onds, de­spite at one points hav­ing Finch in trou­ble at 126-6. Richard Gre­gory took 3-49, but the visi­tors ral­lied to reach 226-8

In re­ply, Che­sham ap­peared to be in good shape at 95-2, but when Chris Mor­ris fell for 36 the in­nings fell away rapidly and they

CHEERS: (Left) Che­sham’s Jack Maciver takes the wicket of Bea­cons­field’s Nilesh Od­e­dra; (right) Bea­cons­field’s David Heavy­side is run out were all out for 129, los­ing by 97 runs.

The thirds’ game against Kew was aban­doned as a draw, but the fourths had a very good win over Ick­en­ham by seven wick­ets, Ben Wood­ward top scor­ing with a hard-hit 56.

On Sun­day, Che­sham won their Chess Val­ley League Di­vi­sion One game against Ick­en­ham by six wick­ets af­ter dis­miss­ing their op­po­nents for a mere 97.

David Hughes-D’Aeth ripped through the mid­dle or­der with 5-28 be­fore Chris Hedges struck an un­beaten 40.

Two 14-year-olds shone for the Sun­day sec­onds in their win over Ger­rards Cross, with Joseph Rance tak­ing six wick­ets, in­clud­ing a hat-trick, and Will Turner hit­ting a maiden half-ton.

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