Woeful Waggoners slip towards the bottom
MID-BUCKS PREMIER DIVISION Ballinger Waggoners 121 all out Knotty Green 124-2 BALLINGER Waggoners slipped nearer to the relegation trap door following an eighth league defeat on the trot on Saturday.
As defeats go, this was about as depressing as they get as insipid batting and woeful bowling saw them crushed by fellow strugglers Knotty Green, one of just three sides below them in the table.
The visitors took just over 12 overs to thrash their way to the paltry victory target.
Knotty Green were the last team Waggoners beat way back in mid-May, but a repeat never looked likely here.
Waggoners won the toss on their traditionally good batting wicket, but that was about as good as the news got for Ian Maciver’s side as their top three were back in the pavilion with just 21 on the board.
Ian Davies tried a
different approach, taking 23 balls to get off the mark. His patience did not reap great rewards as he perished for 13, and when Jono Lacey quickly followed, Waggoners were deep in the mire at 58-5.
Joe Hankinson was playing positively at the other end and with new man Monty Thompson (19) displaying some grit, at last the hosts mounted some resistance.
They carried the score to 100 only for Hankinson to edge one to slip for 42 and cue the all too familiar final collapse.
If the batting had been woeful the bowling was worse, three overs before tea yielding 24 runs.
There was no improvement on the resumption with only William Reid escaping the onslaught.
Will Arnold took two wickets in his only over, but they were scant consolation on another day to forget.
UNLUCKY FOR SOME: Ian Davies had no luck with his bowling but managed 13 runs for Ballinger Waggoners