Vet­eran’s big hits se­cure vic­tory

CHAL­LON­ERS

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

Holmer Green IIs 151-9 Chal­lon­ers 154-8 Chal­lon­ers won by two wick­ets CHAL­LON­ERS clutched vic­tory from the jaws of de­feat in the penul­ti­mate over at Holmer Green sec­onds on Satur­day.

Wth Chal­lon­ers’ fi­nal pair at the wicket and Holmer on the brink of only their sec­ond win of the sea­son, vet­eran Heinz Richard­son sur­prised ev­ery­one by hit­ting Dar­rell Ward, who had been caus­ing Chal­lon­ers all sorts of prob­lems, for four, fol­lowed by six, to snatch the win.

Ear­lier in the day, Chal­lon­ers had won the toss and elected to bowl, but it was Holmer who started the bet­ter with a strong part­ner­ship be­tween Dar­rell Ward (28) and Adam Mash (45). When Has­nain Ahmed had Ward caught at mid-off, two quick wick­ets fol­lowed for Richard­son (2-26) and Holmer were un­der pres­sure at 55-3.

Mash con­tin­ued to strike the ball well but was los­ing part­ners rapidly and once he lost his wicket, at 113-6, Holmer were scrap­ping for runs. But the tail wagged and young­sters Freddy McAn­drew and John Day frus­trated the field­ers with ad­ven­tur­ous bat­ting, see­ing their side to a mod­est 151-9.

Chal­lon­ers were a wicket down in the first over when Luke Rick­ett caught Lawrence Cham­ber­lain down leg side but Chris Price and Saqib Ali con­sol­i­dated the in­nings and took the to­tal past 50 be­fore Price was run out for 33.

Steve Wood joined Ali and they took Chal­lon­ers to just shy of three fig­ures be­fore Ali (26) lost his wicket and when Wood went for 22, they were still look­ing com­fort­able at 120-4. But the bowl­ing of Ward (4-25) was start­ing to cause some prob­lems, and two quick wick­ets sud­denly turned the game on its head.

Sam Robin­son (24) bat­tled hard but when he lost his wicket Chal­lon­ers were sud­denly down to their fi­nal pair and still 11 runs short. Af­ter a few scratchy byes, it was time for Richard­son to take con­trol and score his vi­tal 10 runs.

Also in Di­vi­sion One, Hawridge & Choles­bury kept their pro­mo­tion hopes alive with an im­pres­sive 84-run win over sec­ond-placed Wen­dover.

Heinz Richard­son, supplied two bound­aries to give Chal­lon­ers vic­tory at Holmer Green IIs on Satur­day

Photo by Katie Lamb BE154084

MID BUCKS CRICKET LEAGUE DI­VI­SION ONE

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