Maduka’s the silver lining for dejected Sri Lanka cricketers
Superb all-round performance for Amersham
Heavy showers delayed the start of the match for more than two hours and saw it reduced to 79 overs, the hosts amassing 162-8 from their 42, the bulk of which came from Harry Nichols, with a sublime 70.
Billy Hunt (20) and Dan Hampton (33) were the only other Cross batsmen to reach double figures as Liyanapathiranage bowled unchanged from the pavilion end, offered almost nothing for the batsmen.
With a minimum of 37 overs in which to chase down the target, and the threat of further rain, Amersham made a brisk start, reaching 40-1 after 10 overs, with Bruce Friderichs (30) leading the charge.
However, it was the arrival of Liyanapathiranage that put them firmly on course for victory, although he was assisted by some und undisciplined bowling from the Cross, while an unb unbeaten 31 from Viney gui guided his side home with ease. ea sV
Viney added: “It was a bit worrying when the he heavy showers came, we all thought it would be cal called off.
“It’s taken us a few ga games to get going, but ho hopefully this win will ac act as a springboard to ge getting a few more under our belts. Availability has been our main problem so far, and once we have everyone available, we should be fine.”
The win saw Amersham move up to seventh (out of 10) in the Division Two table, while Gerrards Cross slumped to the bottom.
Maduka Liyanapathiranage and (left) a dejected Dan Hampton