Hoddle wreaks havoc as Cross crush Amersham
Son of former football star shows his bowling prowess
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.