Leaders stay top with 80-run win margin
MID BUCKS CRICKET LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION Ley Hill 200-6 Bourne End 120 all out Ley Hill won by 80 runs LEY Hill stayed top of the Mid Bucks Premier with an exciting away win at reigning champions Bourne End on Saturday.
Hill had won the reverse fixture earlier in the season but lost to Bourne End in the T20 cup two weeks ago, so it was always going to be a close match.
Choosing to bat, openers Ollie Runswick and Craig Peterson fired off an opening 75 before Runswick was bowled out for 35, while Lewis Thompson fell shortly afterwards for only 14, but Peterson kept going for an excellent 85.
Callum Wilson added 20 against excellent bowling as Hill ended on 200-6 and, with Bourne End renowned for their attacking batting and long tail, early wickets were vital.
Fortunately, Craig Ottaway had one of his best opening spells, claiming 3-27, while Richard Clarke took another scalp as Bourne End were reduced to 42-4. Suranga Daluwuatta stepped in to take 3-27 which, along with Lewis Thompson’s 2-5 in only seven balls, saw Bourne End all out for 120.
Hill’s seconds fell seven runs short in an exciting stalemate against Prestwood, with Ross Kemp taking 3-44 and scoring 73, while for Prestwood, Craig Eden smashed 80 and Abdul Tetley 72 in a second wicket stand of 127, and Shaun Coker claimed 3-29. Veteran Dave Peterson, playing in a youthful third XI side, could not prevent a 205-run defeat, despite taking 4-36 to stop runs piling up.