Wag­goners host se­ries with tour­ing Zim­babwe young­sters

African coun­try’s U12 academy set to play sev­eral matches across South Bucks in Au­gust

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Brent and Zim­babwe’s lead­ing field­ing and fit­ness coach Sean Bell.

“This is an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity for our U12 side to show­case their tal­ents at our amaz­ing ground, and a chance for us to wel­come spec­ta­tors to watch qual­ity cricket and utilise our great new club­house,” said Ballinger U12 man­ager Stephen Con­way.

“It is a great re­flec­tion on the qual­ity of cricket played through­out Bucks that we can at­tract teams from other coun­tries such as Zim­babwe, with them trav­el­ling over 5,000 miles. It is great to know our rep­u­ta­tion can reach across the globe.”

The news was not so good for Ballinger’s first team, whose Mid Bucks Pre­mier ti­tle chal­lenge faded fur­ther with a 32-run de­feat to Down­ley.

Will Reid just missed out on a hat­trick but claimed two wick­ets in suc­ces­sive balls on his way to 4-39, but a late blast, which saw Down­ley re­cover from 129-8 to 166 all out, cost Ballinger in the end.

Ian Davies, in his last game be­fore get­ting mar­ried, did his best to plug a Ballinger col­lapse with a knock of 24, which made him joint top scorer on the day with Danny Draper, but he was ninth man out and Ballinger were soon all out for 134.

Ballinger Wag­goners U12s (above) will face the Zim­babwe U12 Academy (be­low) next month

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