Bowlers move Challoners into the top half
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.
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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