Prest­wood press hard for ti­tle af­ter good start to the sea­son

Five wins in seven and sec­ond place in league, ‘we’re not do­ing too badly’ ad­mits skip­per Humphreys

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - CRICKET -

PREST­WOOD CC are de­ter­mined to get out of the com­fort zone this sum­mer and make a real push for the Mid Bucks Di­vi­sion One ti­tle.

Skip­per Jon Humphreys ad­mits the Honor End Lane side have be­come a bit too en­trenched where they are in re­cent years, but all that could now change.

Satur­day’s win over Ayles­bury 2s means Prest­wood are sec­ond in the ta­ble, one of three teams to have won five out of seven and lost just once so far this sea­son.

They play the other two, lead­ers Wad­des­don and third-placed Wid­mer End, over the next fort­night, so could set them­selves up nicely for a chal­lenge.

Humphreys said: “We’re not do­ing too badly. We’re nor­mally there or there­abouts, but have been in Di­vi­sion One for a good few years now.

“The trou­ble is, it’s a nice di­vi­sion to play in, and we’ve per­haps been a bit too happy in there. But we want to push a bit harder and make a con­certed ef­fort this sea­son.

“I’ve played in the Premier Di­vi­sion when I was at The Lee, but a lot of the guys haven’t and want to give it a real go. The next two games will be cru­cial.

“The di­vi­sion had ad­mit­tedly been a bit eas­ier this year, it’s like a di­vi­sion of two halves. We bowled one team out for 36, and last week was the first time we have bat­ted be­yond num­ber five.”

Humphreys took sea­son’s-best fig­ures of 4-8, in­clud­ing four maid­ens from 10 overs, to help smooth the path to vic­tory, while a lower or­der knock of 21 from Na­ja­bat Riaz proved cru­cial.

Humphreys added: “I was quite pleased with my fig­ures, es­pe­cially as it got rid of their top or­der, and also as I was bowl­ing with­out my reg­u­lar open­ing part­ner, Craig Eden. Naj, who has played in the Premier Di­vi­sion for Down­ley, has made a big dif­fer­ence this sea­son though.”

How­ever, Prest­wood are plot­ting their ti­tle chal­lenge, Chal­lenors are hop­ing for a great es­cape at the other end of the ta­ble, which they cur­rently prop up af­ter fail­ing to win any of their seven games so far.

It was a case of close but no cigar on Satur­day when they went down by just 12 runs to Lacey Green. Darrin Charl­ton took 3-31 and Sam Robin­son 3-30 as Lacey were bowled out for 110, but Chal­lenors’ re­ply fell just short.

Jonny Maund and right, Naj Riaz in ac­tion for win­ning side Prest­wood

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