Amersham lash out to beat league leaders
HOME COUNTIES PREMIER CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION TWO Amersham 185 all out Great & Little Tew 181 all out Amersham won by four runs
AMERSHAM put the disappointment of last week’s match against a Lashings World XI being cancelled due to incessant rain behind them to record a famous victory at league leaders Great & Little Tew on Saturday.
They shrugged off some difficult circumstances – Amersham missing four regular first-teamers, including three seamers, and due to a mix up in travel arrangements had to play with only 10 men throughout – winning off the penultimate ball.
Asked to bat first, Amersham lost Joe Shuttle in the first over but then knuckled down through good partnerships between Bruce Friderichs, Andrew Viney, Maduka Liyanapathiranage and Hugh Jackson – although the final score of 185 all out seemed a bit below par.
The evergreen Duncan Ward took the new ball and bowled brilliantly, using all of his many years of experience to apply consistent pressure, and at 45-4 Tew were in some difficulty until a fifth wicket stand of 75 seemed to have swung the game their way.
However, with Liyanapathiranage tying up one end and Ward and Stuart Rogers the other, wickets began to fall steadily, and the final over began with Tew needing six to win and two wickets standing.
But a run out by Viney was followed by Liyanapathiranage clean bowling the final wicket on the penultimate ball for Amersham to win by four runs and spark a major celebration. Ward finished with 3-45, while Liyanapathiranage took 5-65 to add to his earlier knock of 62.
Elsewhere, the seconds lost by seven wickets to Sonning despite Jack Kilgannon scoring 91, while the thirds crumbled to a large defeat at the hands of Maidenhead & Bray seconds.