Hill stay top by extending impressive run
MID BUCKS CRICKET LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION Ley Hill 262-7 Knotty Green 148 all out
Ley Hill won by 114 runs
THERE were no records broken this week, but Ley Hill stayed top of the Mid Bucks Premier with an impressive win over a very good Knotty Green side.
Having set a new highest ever club score last week, Ley Hill openers Ollie Runswick and Craig Peterson made another flying start with an opening stand of 67, Runswick out after scoring 60 of them.
Whereas last week Peterson went onto make an undefeated 182, he managed only 15 this week, but with sharpshooters Ben Ford and Lewis Thompson coming in after him he need not have worried.
Ford scored 49 and Thompson 46 to keep the run rate up, while Felix Chamberlain, batting lower down the order than usual, hit an undefeated 64 as Hill scored 262-7.
Johnny Patel took 4-67, finding himself on a hat-trick at one point, and was then the mainstay of the Knotty reply, his 64 helping them keep slightly ahead of the run rate.
Hill’s attack was hampered by the loss of spinner Thompson, who had to withdraw with migraine, but after Richard Clarke took an initial couple of scalps, in came Suranga Daluwatta, for a devastating spell.
Five wickets fell for just 18 runs, all clean bowled, as Daluwatta took 7-23 for Hill’s best bowling figures so far this season, and Knotty collapsed to 148 all out.
In Division One, Hill’s seconds lost by two wickets to Little Gaddesden, despite an unbeaten 53 from Iain Stewart and 3-23 from teenager Brandon Turbeville, while Dave Peterson’s 3-10 was the highlight as the thirds went down by five wickets to Waddesdon seconds in Division Three.
Back in the Premier, Holmer Green beat Bourne End by 29 runs, but Ballinger Waggoners lost by 43 to Monks Risborough.
OPENERS: Ley Hill’s Oliver Runswick and Craig Peterson in action against Knotty Green