Hill’s sea­son from hell

CRICKET

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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.

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