Amersham’s rally not enough for promotion
HOME COUNTIES PREMIER CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION TWO Amersham Cove
165-9 144 all out A SUPERB late rally by their bowlers saw Amersham beat Cove on the final day of the season on Saturday – but it was not enough to clinch a promotion place.
Sitting in third place going into the game, Amersham needed to win and hope Finchampstead lost in order to join Great & Little Tew in Division One.
After so much rain during the week the wicket was always going to be tricky and while Amersham battled hard to reach 165-9 from 50 overs, it was felt that it probably was not enough.
Those fears proved to be well founded when Cove’s reply started briskly and they were totally in charge before the first wicket fell at 95 and the fourth at 141.
But when the remaining six fell for only three runs, with Stuart Rogers taking 5-38, Amersham were victorious.
However, the celebrations were tempered by their promotion rivals also winning, with Amersham settling for third place.
The seconds also had to win to stand any chance of promotion for TVL Division 3b, and made their intentions clear by racing to 273-1 dec against Farnham Royal, with Richard Stephenson (137no) and Chris Fleming (105no) leading the way.
Farnham also put in a fantastic effort and came within 20 runs of victory before teenager Skham Sritharan (6-36) finally bowled them out, but again other results did not go Amersham’s way and they finished third.
The thirds had to win, but in this case to avoid relegation from TVL Division 5a, and came up against an already promoted Chesham third XI who needed to win to take the title.
They posted a respectable 202-9, Callum Tilbury top-scoring with 59 and captain Paul Weston contributing a valuable 43.
Despite an incredible 20-over spell of 13 maidens and seven wickets for 10 runs from Tom Dixon, Chesham remained stubborn in defence until the penultimate ball, when a top edge from Steve Ayres was caught by Henry Bugg to give Amersham victory by 74 runs and ensure survival.