Champions Ley Hill end season on a high note
Daluwatta stars for title winners against tricky opponents
MID BUCKS CRICKET LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION Bradenham 160 all out Ley Hill 162-8
Ley Hill won by two wickets HAVING won the title last week, Ley Hill were determined to end the season with a win – but Bradeham had other ideas and took them right to the last ball.
Bradenham batted first and the Hill were struggling for wickets until Suranga Daluwatta came on as second change bowler, bowling 10 overs for just 22 runs and taking six wickets in the process.
His tally included three wickets in one over to take Bradenham from 141-4 to 142-7 and so bringing on the tail-enders, and their innings lasted only another three overs before they were all out for 160.
Skipper Craig Peterson then lost his wicket with only 14 on the board, and with the next five batsmen also going cheaply, the Hill were making heavy weather of getting the winning total.
Opener Ollie Runswick held firm for an excellent 81 and with Felix Chamberlain adding a much-needed 31, the winning total seemed close, but with two other batsmen producing only single-figure scores, the game moved into the final over.
With three needed off the last ball, the hero was again to be Daluwatta, who found the boundary with a four to get the winning runs.
In Division One, Ley Hill seconds were locked in a threeclub relegation battle and playing champions Potten End, who made 225-4 in their 40 overs.
Captain Iain Stewart (34) and Chris Morrris (43) opened well for the Hill and Max Lee (24) kept the charge on, but after some cheap wickets fell it looked all over. Desperate for batting points to help them stay up, the Hill turned to Kevin Phillips, who made an excellent 37, and with Talib Hussain chipping in 20 and Anton Turbeville 17, they fell just short on 200-9, but the 16 bonus points they made were enough for them to avoid relegation by just two points.
CHAMPIONS: Ley Hill get a guard of honour against Bradenham