Pressure released as Challoners win derby
Captain Chamberlain glad poor run of results has ended
MID BUCKS CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION ONE Hawridge & Cholesbury 123 all out Challoners 126-3
Challoners won by 7 wickets
SKIPPER Lawrence Chamberlain admits Saturday’s derby win over Hawridge & Cholesbury will take some pressure off Challoners.
A poor run of results had seen the Old Amersham side slip to second bottom in Mid Bucks Division Two, with a turnaround needed to avoid a second half of the season scrap against relegation.
And so a seven-wicket win over promotion-chasing Hawridge, thanks in no small part to Darren Charlton’s bowling and Chris Price’s batting, proved to be just the tonic.
Chamberlain said: “It was a game we needed to win and this league is so tight that suddenly we are in mid-table. We’ll still be constantly looking over our shoulders, but that should ease the worries a bit. We have been down there a couple of times, but we always yo-yo back up.”
Meanwhile, defeat leaves Hawridge third and some way off the top two, but for a team only last summer promoted from Division Two, missing out on another would not be the worst thing, according to skipper Neil Jones.
He said: “There’s still a long way to go, but we won’t be crying if we don’t go up. We’re not ready for Premier Division cricket yet.
“We’re finding our natural level and consolidating wouldn’t be a bad thing.
“We had some problems with injuries and absences on Saturday, but rather than scratching like some teams would have, we fielded six colts who all performed well, which is encouraging for our future too.”
Batting first, opener Steve White was the mainstay of a Hawridge innings which came to an end on 123, White finally out for 79 off 101 balls at the fall of the ninth wicket trying to add to his tally, with Charlton taking 4-10 and Saqib Ali 2-8 for Challoners.
In reply, Challoners slipped to 40-3, as young Willie Mills took 2-6 off six overs for Hawridge, but Sam Robinson then joined opener Chris Price and together they took control. Price made his half century off 53 balls, ending up on 64no, while Robinson finished on 32no off 40 balls.
DERBY DAY: Heinz Richardson (left) bowls for Challoners while Steve White (right) bats for Hawridge & Cholesbury