De­feated Chal­lon­ers saved by bonus points

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MID BUCKS CRICKET LEAGUE DI­VI­SION ONE Prest­wood 209-5 Chal­lon­ers 118-8

Chal­lon­ers lost by 91 runs

CHAL­LON­ERS’ league sea­son came to a close on Satur­day with a derby de­feat to Prest­wood, but gained the bat­ting and bowl­ing bonus points to nar­rowly avoid rel­e­ga­tion.

Hav­ing won the toss and asked Prest­wood to bat, af­ter that it was all down­hill. Prest­wood made a good start, de­spite Chris Glen­nie (35) be­ing caught off the bowl­ing of El­lis Wil­son (1-29), play­ing his first ever game for Chal­lon­ers, with the score on 69.

That brought Prest­wood’s Mr De­pend­able Craig Eden to the crease, and he and War­ren Davis put on a fur­ther 52 runs be­fore Davies was bowled by Kevin Wil­son for a fine 62.

Prest­wood’s mid­dle or­der, well guided by Eden, con­tin­ued to make life dif­fi­cult for Chal­lon­ers’ bowlers, de­spite bowler of the year Dar­ren Charl­ton’s (2-64) best ef­forts, that saw them through to 209-5 off 40 overs, with Eden 68 not out.

Chal­lon­ers’ re­ply started painfully slowly, with the Prest­wood bowlers Eden and John Humphrey well on top. A dou­ble strike in the eleventh over by Humphrey (2-8) saw opener Chris Price out, fol­lowed next ball by Hasan Sayed for a golden duck with the score on just 15.

Humphrey failed with the hat­trick ball, but Chal­lon­ers con­tin­ued to strug­gle, and Wil­son fell next with any bat­ting points still a long way off.

Charl­ton, Saqib Ali and Howard Cham­ber­lain then per­ished be­fore vet­er­ans Si­mon Wood (16) and Heinz Richard­son (37no) dragged Chal­lon­ers be­yond the 100 mark.

At the end, they were 118-8, but with other re­sults go­ing their way, they at least se­cured another year in Di­vi­sion One.

Chal­lon­ers fin­ished sev­enth and Prest­wood fourth, one place ahead of Hawridge & Choles­bury, who beat Lacey Green by 19 runs.

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