Var­sity ace may have set a Lord’s land­mark

Seven wick­ets for ’keeper

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­

Proud dad Peter said: “Some peo­ple at the game were sug­gest­ing it has never been done be­fore. Sam did take 10 catches be­hind the stumps in a Var­sity game two years ago, but that was over two in­nings in a four-day game.”

A for­mer Dr Chal­lon­ers pupil, this is West­away’s fourth Var­sity se­ries since join­ing Ox­ford, hav­ing missed one through in­jury, and he regularly makes the jour­ney back down the M40 at week­ends to play for Ger­rards Cross.

Due to his Var­sity com­mit­ments, he was miss­ing from the side which beat Buck­ing­ham Town by 48 runs in Di­vi­sion Two of the Home Coun­ties Premier League on Satur­day.

With a num­ber of other firstchoice play­ers un­avail­able, the Cross fielded some fringe play­ers and a sparkling cen­tury from teenager Ben Lane was the back­bone of a fine all-round per­for­mance.

At the other end of the age scale, Justin Hamp­shire rolled back the years by mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance for the first team since 2003, bag­ging a sublime half-

RECORD: Sam West­away, pic­tured in ac­tion for Ger­rards Cross, may have en­tered the Lord’s record books with a seven-wicket haul as wick­et­keeper cen­tury and shar­ing a sec­ond­wicket stand of 138 with James Crosth­waite, who blasted his way to 87 and lost sev­eral balls in the process.

Lane was the un­doubted star of the show though, ar­riv­ing at the crease al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter lunch with his side on 170-4 and reach­ing 50 at a run-a-ball be­fore ac­cel­er­at­ing, tak­ing just another 24 balls to reach his cen­tury as the Cross posted a daunt­ing 313-9.

Buck­ing­ham kept the game evenly poised with two wick­ets apiece af­ter tea from Dan Hamp­ton which meant they had lost four wick­ets for five runs in 23 balls to col­lapse to 234-9.

Their last part­ner­ship put up some re­sis­tance, but when Richard Knud­sen re­turned for his third spell and im­me­di­ately knocked back the off-stump of the Buck­ing­ham skip­per, the cel­e­bra­tions could be­gin.

Mean­while, in the same di­vi­sion, a Bruce Frid­erichs cen­tury helped Amer­sham to a thump­ing 105-run win over Fin­champ­stead.

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