‘Pro­mo­tion may come at the wrong time’

But CSP sec­onds ‘would not de­lib­er­ately lose’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Street­boyTim

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

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