Bowlers move Chal­lon­ers into the top half


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MID-BUCKS LEAGUE DI­VI­SION 1 Ley Hill 2s 132-8 Chal­lon­ers 135-5 IM­PRES­SIVE bowl­ing saw Chal­lon­ers con­tinue their im­pres­sive mid-sea­son form with vic­tory over Ley Hill 2nds at Barn Meadow on Satur­day.

Heinz Richard­son, Sam Robin­son and Dar­rin Charl­ton led the way for the hosts as they de­nied Ley Hill any real mo­men­tum, so leav­ing them a rel­a­tively straight­for­ward run chase.

Vic­tory moves Chal­lon­ers into the top half of the ta­ble, while Ley Hill drop into the rel­e­ga­tion zone, but with six matches re­main­ing and the league tight, any­thing could hap­pen over the re­main­der of the cam­paign.

Hill won the toss and started well enough as openers Ian Stewart and Jon Lown put on 52 for the first wicket. But when Richard­son got Stewart (28) to nick one be­hind, the ini­tia­tive swung Chalon­ers’ way.

Wick­ets be­gan to fall at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals as the nag­ging ac­cu­racy of Richard­son (2-24) and Robin­son (2-22) found out Hill’s bats­men who strug­gled to get the ball away.

Only when Kevin Phillips joined Lown, who had con­tin­ued bat­tling gamely, did Hill briefly re­gain a foothold in the match.

Phillips played more ag­gres­sively, scor­ing at al­most a run a ball, only to per­ish for 24 shortly af­ter Lown’s pa­tient vigil ended on 43 as he tried to push the score along.

Charl­ton fin­ished the lead­ing wicket-taker of the day for Chal­lon­ers with 3-43 in his 10 overs.

Fac­ing a mod­est to­tal, openers Si­mon Wood and Chris Price opened pos­i­tively, be­fore Talib Hus­sain, who bowled his 10 overs with­out a break, re­moved the lat­ter for 19 with the help of a fine gul­ley catch.

Wood though


to at­tack, dom­i­nat­ing a stand of 55 for the sec­ond wicket with skip­per Lawrence Cham­ber­lain (10).

A typ­i­cal Chal­lon­ers wob­ble then saw the home side lose three quick wick­ets, in­clud­ing opener

Heinz Richard­son showed some good form in his bowl­ing to help Chal­lon­ers sneak a win over Ley Hill sec­onds Wood (47 off 62 balls). How­ever, with the end of Hus­sain’s (3-41) fine spell of bowl­ing, Chal­lon­ers nerves were calmed the de­ter­mined Sam Robin­son (20no) steered the home side to vic­tory.


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