‘Promotion may come at the wrong time’
But CSP seconds ‘would not deliberately lose’
THAMES VALLEY CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION 7A Chalfont St Peter 2nds ...........................205-4 dec Chesham 4ths ....................................... 140 all out Chalfont won by 65 runs THERE iS no way they would turn it down – but winning promotion could cause a quandry for Chalfont St Peter 2nds.
Chalfont currently sit top of Division 7b with two wins and a draw from their first three games, the latest a 65run win over previously unbeaten Chesham 4s on Saturday.
But while they look a good bet to bounce straight back following relegation last year, skipper Murray Scott is not sure it would be for the best.
He said: “We’re looking to the long term and trying to bring through 15 year-olds, and while they struggled in Division Six, Division Seven is the right level for them.
“It would be great to bounce straight back, but I’m not sure if it would be the best thing for the long term. I’m more bothered about the future of the club and bringing youngsters through.
“Saying that, my other sport is rugby, and I know of some clubs who deliberately lose play-off finals as they don’t think promotion would be good for the club – there’s no way I’d do that.”
Promotion could well be a formality though if the Chalfont bowlers keep up their current strike rate, with two having claimed hat-tricks already this season.
But while Justin Weller, whose triple whammy came on the opening day, had to wait until the age of 52 to complete the feat, Paddy Keogh, who bagged another on Saturday, already has two at the age of 19.
He took the third, fourth and fifth wickets, helped by a stumping from quick-thinking wicket-keeper Tom Murphy, before later teaming up with Weller to break a stubborn lower order partnership. Keogh finished on 7-31 and Weller 2-8 as Chalfont won with two overs to spare.
Earlier, Weller showed he is just as deadly with the bat, finishing unbeaten on 52 in an unbroken fifth wicket partnership of 101 with Kash Mohammed, who bagged a maiden half-century and finished unbeaten on 50.
Keogh also contributed a quickscoring 37 and Sam Symons 36.
The first team, however, who are trying to avoid a third successive relegation, breathed a sigh of relief when, having been skittled for just 67 in their Division 5a clash at Princes Risborough, rain washed the game out before a ball of their opponents’ reply was bowled.
Top of the table: (Above) Kash Mohammed scored an unbeaten 50; (left) Paddy Keogh bagged a hat-trick; (inset) as did Justin Weller