Teen Goodman celebrates call-up to Bunbury Festival
CHESHAM CC’s biggest news this week came off the field – and it means congratulations are in order for teenage starlet Dominic Goodman.
The 15-year-old has been honoured with a call-up to David English’s prestigious Bunbury Festival at Radley College later this month.
Hundreds of players selected for the festival over the 30 years it has been running have gone on to play firstclass cricket, with 70 going on to international honours with England.
This comes on the back of Chesham’s U15s winning the Bucks County Cup again, while their U12s and U9s won tournaments at Holmer Green and Tring Park, making for a bright future.
On the field, good news was in short supply for Chesham’s first team as they went down to a 34-run defeat to Boyne Hill in Thames Valley League Division One.
There was little sign of the trouble to come when Gift Kwatsha (3-39) took three early wickets to leave the visitors struggling at 36-3, but a fourth wicket stand of 168 left Chesham chasing a total of 213-6.
They were soon floundering at 51-4, and despite 44 for Jason Rance and 49 for Kwatsha, not to mention 17 from Goodman himself, they came up well short at 179 all out.
This left the 2nds to provide the onfield drama with another nail-biting win, something of a trademark in recent weeks, after leg-spinner Chris Royal’s 5-56 kept Eversley to a manageable 212-9.
Early wickets were lost in reply before a good stand between Henry White (76) and Ed Turner (36) raised hopes once more, and another collapse looked to have taken the game away from Chesham, but last pair Alex Watson and James Anderson scrambled the 14 runs needed to squeeze home by one wicket.
Graham Rance’s unbeaten 58 could not save the 3rds from a five-wicket defeat to Slough, but the 4ths recorded a fourth win in a row as they skittled Marlow Park 2s for 85 thanks to Ollie McInley (3-8) and Luke Saunders (3-15).
Elsewhere in the TVL, Chenies & Latimer came within five runs of a first win of the season, but were instead squeezed out by Tring Park 2nds in Division 2a, while Fareed Ahmed took 5-63 as Chalfont St Peter drew with Marlow in Division 5a.
Dominic Goodman Honoured: