Hill’s season from hell
CHILTERN CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION FOUR Pinner IIs 174-9 Amersham Hill IIs 68 AMERSHAM Hill seconds’ poor season ended in disaster on Saturday, with a bottom place finish in Division Four just about avoided.
Hosts Pinner won the toss and chose to bat on a green wicket, finishing on 174-9 off their 52 overs, with David Platts taking 2-42 and Andrew Harrison, making a rare appearance, a superb 5-29.
With Daniel Newton (pictured) and Sam Bugden both in contention to be the leading run scorer in the division, they opened the batting together to give them every chance of fulfilling their dream.
However, Pinner had other ideas, and Bugden was dismissed for just two, which started a complete collapse of the Amersham batting, although Newton played a sensible innings and reached 42.
But the next highest score was seven in a dismal total of 68 all out – the lowest score by the second XI for many years – the last four wickets falling for one run off 10 balls.
It does, however, seem that Newton’s knock of 42 was enough for him to lead the division’s run-scoring charts, although the club are awaiting confirmation from the league.
At the other end of the table, Winchmore Hill beat champions Braywood seconds by 117 runs to secure a second place finish behind their opponents.
Amersham’s firsts just avoided the drop in Division Two after a draw with White Waltham seconds which sent their opponents down instead, while The Lee finished with a flourish in Division Three, an opening partnership of 179 from Finn Mason (120) and Mark Channer (67) setting up a 240-run win over Littlewick Green seconds.
But a final day win over second-placed Taplow, in which Jake Graham took 5-51, was not enough to save Great Kingshill from the drop in Division One.