Hill stay top by ex­tend­ing im­pres­sive run

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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.

Photos by Katie Lamb www.buyapho­totms.co.uk BE154085

OPENERS: Ley Hill’s Oliver Runswick and Craig Peter­son in ac­tion against Knotty Green

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