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
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