Woe­ful Wag­goners slip to­wards the bot­tom

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Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

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

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