Maduka’s the sil­ver lin­ing for de­jected Sri Lanka crick­eters

Su­perb all-round per­for­mance for Amer­sham

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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

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