Ley Hill’s blushes saved after early collapse
MID BUCKS CRICKET LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION Ley Hill Waddesdon
162-9 65 all out TABLE toppers Ley Hill had to recover from an early setback to beat a team without a win all season on Saturday.
If Hill thought they were in for an easy ride they had a shock as they were reduced to 49-5 in the first 15 overs, Ollie Runswick setting the tone after being bowled out by the first ball of the match.
Ben Ford was then run out in daft circumstances – jogging slowly back to the crease after going for a single believing the ball had gone over the boundary, completely missing the fact it was already in the air on its way back to the wicket-keeper.
Things began to improve when Suranga Daluwatta came in to partner Craig Peterson before falling for 29, while Peterson stayed in until three balls from the end having scored 82 – more than half of Hill’s total of 162.
Chris Morris then removed both openers with the score on 19, while the next three wickets fell for just 20 runs. Worse was to come for Waddesdon as the next 16 overs produced just 18 runs as Daluwatta took 2-4, bowling eight maidens from 10 overs.
Morris returned to claim his third victim to end with 3-20, while Lewis Thompson (2-11) and Craig Ottaway (2-20) mopped up the tail to bowl Waddesdon out for just 65.
Meanwhile, Michael Morris took 5-22, his best figures of the season, before Colin Bowden (45) and Jon Lown (52) helped Hill’s seconds hammer Holmer Green seconds by nine wickets.