Big-hitting Lacey ties up win despite falling short of century
Waggoners’ batsman hits 90 in hard-fought win
target of 246 for victory. It was a target Hawridge came so close to reaching too, but not before Lacey continued to prosper, as Graham Salisbury took a fine catch just inside the fine-leg boundary off his eighth ball.
Neal Robinson and Simon Lister fought back for Hawridge, but when Monty Thompson dismissed Robinson for 42 it heralded a mid order collapse, with Rollo McIntyre (334) bagging three wickets, and when the fifth wicket went down at 99 with half the overs gone, the game seemed safe.
But Lister and Matthew Rutt had other ideas, with their sixth wicket partnership making 133 by the time Rutt was run out for 24, leaving Hawridge needing just 13 off 14 balls.
The penultimate over, bowled by the luckless Andy Thompson, went for seven, meaning Hawridge required six off the last over.
Skipper Ian McIntyre had seen enough and brought himself back on for the final over, bagging the priceless wicket of Lister, who fell for a superb 119, with his second ball, follo followed by a single and then a clean bowled.
Th Then came two leg bye byes, meaning Hawridge nee needed three of the final bal ball, but captain fan fantastic came up with the goods again, de delivering another cle clean bowled to finish an epic clash with pe personal figures of 3-34.
Meanwh i le , Ba Ballinger’s 2nds fielded fo four of their strong girls se section and two U13 boys against Prestwood, and they all gave a good account of themselves – especially Hannah Bates, with a top score of 13 – despite a 10-wicket defeat.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division, champions Ley Hill suffered a shock 78-run defeat to Monks Risborough, while Holmer Green beat Downley by 27 runs and, in Division Two, Challoners were hammered by nine wickets against Freith.
(Above) Jono Lacey and (left) the four girls called up to the men’s senior second XI