New­ton shakes off suc­ces­sive ducks as Hill get draw

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MORRANT CHILTERNS CRICKET LEAGUE DIVI­SION FOUR Amer­sham Hill 2nds ...............................185-9 dec Pin­ner 2nds .................................................... 86-6 Match drawn DAN New­ton fi­nally got his bat­ting back on track as Amer­sham Hill 2nds grabbed a win­ning draw against Pin­ner 2nds to move above them in the ta­ble on Satur­day.

Amer­sham, who were put into bat on a very green wicket, have had prob­lems with los­ing early wick­ets this sea­son, with pro­lific scorer New­ton com­ing into the match on the back of two suc­ces­sive ducks.

How­ever, re­united with Ron Hed­ley as his open­ing part­ner, the pair bat­ted well and took the open­ing stand to 52 be­fore New­ton was out for 25.

Hed­ley soon af­ter went for 26 as a bowl­ing change saw the wick­ets start to tum­ble, but just as Amer­sham started with a 50 part­ner­ship, they ended with one too as the last pair – Chris Tucker (17no) and Rahul Mall (30no) – took them to 185-9 de­clared off 47 overs. Rain then in­ter­rupted play for some time and when the play restarted it left Pin­ner with 31 overs to reach 186 for vic­tory.

Against ex­cel­lent bowl­ing from New­ton and Tucker, the tar­get was never on and Pin­ner fin­ished on 86-6, with New­ton grab­bing two wick­ets and one each for Tucker, Anurag Abi­nashi, Rahul Mall and Gareth Ash­ton.

Not many other matches in the league sur­vived the rain, but last year’s Divi­sion Four cham­pi­ons, Winch­more Hill, con­tin­ued their 100 per cent start to life in Divi­sion Three, beat­ing Holy­port 2nds by seven wick­ets to stay top of the ta­ble.

The Lee re­main bot­tom fol­low­ing their rain-af­fected draw with Lit­tle Mar­low, while Great King­shill, rel­e­gated from Divi­sion One last sea­son, con­tinue to strug­gle in Divi­sion Two and are still yet to win af­ter los­ing to Wrays­bury 2nds by five wick­ets.

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