Pres­sure re­leased as Chal­lon­ers win derby

Cap­tain Cham­ber­lain glad poor run of re­sults has ended

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

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.

Photos by Katie Lamb www.buyapho­ BE154084

DERBY DAY: Heinz Richard­son (left) bowls for Chal­lon­ers while Steve White (right) bats for Hawridge & Choles­bury

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