Hod­dle wreaks havoc as Cross crush Amer­sham

Son of for­mer football star shows his bowl­ing prow­ess

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Jon Batham tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HOME COUN­TIES PREMIER Ger­rards Cross 206 all out Amer­sham 71 all out JAMIE Hod­dle proved a chip off the sport­ing block as Ger­rards Cross kept their 100 per cent home record with a crush­ing win over Amer­sham on Satur­day.

For­mer Mid­dle­sex Academy left-armer Hod­dle, son of for­mer Eng­land football in­ter­na­tional Glen Hod­dle, pro­duced a deadly spell of swing bowl­ing as the visi­tors’ bat­ting sim­ply dis­in­te­grated in the face of a tar­get of 207 for vic­tory.

For Amer­sham, this was a case of back to earth with a bump fol­low­ing last week’s ex­cel­lent win over Datchet last week and a waste of an as­ton­ish­ing spell from their Sri Lankan, Maduka Liyana­p­athi­tan­age, in Cross’s in­nings.

Malky Dhali­wal blazed his way to 52 af­ter the hosts bat­ted first and they were sit­ting pretty at 76-1, be­fore Liyana­p­athi­tan­age be­gan to weave his magic in a marathon bowl­ing stint.

Dan Hamp­ton (34) and Matt Wat­son (40) shared a stand of 57 to avert a col­lapse from 97-4, but Liyana­p­athi­tan­age’s 25 overs yielded 8-56 to re­strict Cross to

CRUSH­ING WIN: (Left) Amer­sham bowler Farhad Mul­lahzada pitches against Ger­rards er­rards Cross; (right) Ger­rards Cross bats­man Mal­keet Dhali­wal hits out against Amer­sham what looked a man­age­able tar­get.

His ef­forts came to noth­ing as Hod­dle (4-38) and Hamp­ton (3-26) wreaked havoc from the start and with Amer­sham’s two big run scor­ers from last week, Bruce Frid­erichs and Ed­ward Bow­cock, fall­ing cheaply it sim­ply be­came a day to for­get.

Many of their bats­men will be hop­ing to re­deem them­selves in next week’s Cricket Week at Amer­sham, cul­mi­nat­ing in Fri­day af­ter­noon’s big match ver­sus the Lash­ings World XI at Shard­e­loes.

This should pro­vide good prepa­ra­tion for next Satur­day’s away match at ta­ble-top­ping Great Tew, in North Ox­ford­shire.

By con­trast Amer­sham’s 2nd and 3rd XI’s recorded com­fort­able wins.

Seamer Tim Dixon starred for the for­mer, tak­ing five wick­ets, and with Sri Lankan vet­eran Roy Sundi­ram mop­ping up the tail op­po­nents Ger­rards Cross sec­onds were hus­tled out for 136.

Pro­moted from the thirds af­ter his 140 last week, Alex Cole hit an un­beaten 59, shar­ing a 137 stand with Chris Flem­ing (67*) as Amer­sham coasted home by nine wick­ets.

The thirds, mean­while, made light of Cole’s ab­sence to thrash Hilling­don Manor sec­onds by 169 runs.

Paul We­ston (108) and teenager Philip Lloyd (53) helped Amer­sham to an im­pos­ing 280-5, be­fore Cal­lum Til­bury and Mohnish Mer­chan­dani took four wick­ets apiece to skit­tle Manor for just 111.

Photos by Jon Mikol www.buyapho­totms.co.uk BE154409

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