Cross pin hopes on math­e­mat­i­cal chance

CRICKET

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HOME COUN­TIES PREMIER CRICKET LEAGUE DI­VI­SION TWO Ger­rards Cross Buck­ing­ham Town 252-9 253-3 next week­end and Fin­champ­stead and Amer­sham both lose.

Af­ter choos­ing to bat, the Cross were in full con­trol of the match with the score 183-1 off 34 overs, fol­low­ing a sec­ond wicket stand of 173 be­tween Dan Hamp­ton (94) and James Crosth­waite (65).

But the in­nings started to un­ravel as the Cross looked to ac­cel­er­ate the scor­ing. Crosth­waite was un­for­tu­nate to be ad­judged leg be­fore and Hamp­ton was un­done by the lack of pace in the pitch, spoon­ing a sim­ple catch to mid-on.

This was the sort of pitch where bats­men needed time to play them­selves in, but this was a lux­ury the Cross could not af­ford. The in­com­ing bats­men soon per­ished in their at­tempts to keep the score­board mov­ing and the Cross were in dan­ger of not bat­ting out their 50 overs.

Sam West­away scored a run a ball 18 though and mar­shalled the lower or­der to a fi­nal score of 252-9, which was slightly dis­ap­point­ing af­ter the solid plat­form laid by Hamp­ton and Crosth­waite.

Buck­ing­ham’s re­ply bore early sim­i­lar­i­ties to the Cross’ in­nings, and a sec­ond wicket stand of 119 left the match evenly poised, be­fore the next part­ner­ship plun­dered the re­main­ing 74 runs off just six overs.

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