Amer­sham lash out to beat league lead­ers

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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.

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