Touring Tanzania no match for Club Cricket Conference
Chenies & Latimer host clash with African side on their way to World League Five tournament
INTERNATIONAL cricket came to South Bucks on Tuesday when Chenies & Latimer CC hosted the Tanzanian national side.
The last of a four-match tour for the Tanzanians, ahead of their ICC World League Five tournament in Jersey, saw them take on a Club Cricket Conference side at Chenies’ picturesque ground, in Latimer Road.
But the tourists were no match for the Conference side and could only muster 275 all out in reply to the CCC’s 365-6.
Chenies chairman John Whitworth said: “One or two of the CCC side have played here before and must have liked our ground as they requested to use it for the match, and we were more than happy to oblige.”
Chenies themselves are adapting to life in Division 2a of the Thames Valley Cricket League after promotion last summer. Following a winning draw in their first game, Chenies went down by four wickets to Eversley on Saturday.
Callum Cusak was the only batsman able to build any kind of innings, with a useful middle-order knock of 43, but Chenies were all out for 147 off 51.1 overs.
Skipper Chris May then took 4-35 from 14 overs, but it was not enough to stop Eversley easing to victory inside 46.4 overs.
Whitworth added: “We’re a good young side, but we’re also a small village team punching about our weight. However, if we can find some consistency, I’m sure we can survive at this level.”
Over in Division 2b, former Bucks CCC skipper Jason Harrison took 3-22 as Beaconsfield restricted Thatcham to 202-9, before half centuries from Chris Thomas (58) and Nilesh Odedra (54) clinched a losing draw at 174-7.
But only Fareed Ahmed provided any resistance as Chalfont St Peter lost by three wickets at Farnham Common in 5a, top scoring on 31 as Chalfont were skittled out for 91 before taking 4-22, but it was not enough.
On tour: (Above) Ed Kilbee bats for Club Cricket Conference against Tanzania; (right) Saurav Prabhakar blocks a Tanzania delivery