Cham­pi­ons Ley Hill end sea­son on a high note

Daluwatta stars for ti­tle win­ners against tricky op­po­nents

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Robin Carr tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­

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.

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