Amer­sham’s rally not enough for pro­mo­tion

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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.

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