Shep­pard’s back in the fold

Bats­men’s first Hill ap­pear­ance in decade

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Street­boyTim

FOR­MER cap­tain Steve Shep­pard brought to an end a decade-long ab­sence from Amer­sham Hill’s line-up by turn­ing out for the 2nds on Saturday.

It was just as well, as Amer­sham had been strug­gling to raise a team, but by 1pm they had the 11 in place re­quired to take on the only side be­low them in Chilterns League Di­vi­sion Four, The Lee 2nds.

Shep­pard started well and reached a quick fire 22 be­fore be­ing dis­missed, while Daniel New­ton put his poor bat­ting form be­hind him with 33. He was backed up by Ian West (44), Rus­sell Thomp­son (28), Ron Hed­ley (22) and Karl Crox­son (51) in a fi­nal to­tal of 233-7 de­clared.

An­drew Knott was the most suc­cess­ful of The Lee’s bowlers with 2-24, while young Ben Har­ris bowled a fiery open­ing spell which did not get the suc­cess it de­served.

Amer­sham were re­ly­ing on the skill and ex­pe­ri­ence of New­ton to lead the bowl­ing at­tack, which he did with fig­ures of 5-58. But a solid knock of 85 from Alex McKean, sup­ported by ex-Amer­sham player Stephen Pain with 35, thwarted their hopes of vic­tory as The Lee fin­ished on 179-7.

Amer­sham’s first team, mean­while, went down by 128 runs to Taplow 2nds in Di­vi­sion Two, de­spite a knock of 44 from Jor­dan Richard­son-Hill.

The club would like to hear from for­mer play­ers who would like to play in the Club v Ex Play­ers fix­ture on Sunday, Au­gust 21. Any­one in­ter­ested can email Ron Hed­ley at rjhat­ters1@ya­hoo.co.uk.

Back in Chilterns League ac­tion, Stu­art Ban­ham scored 79 as Winch­more Hill went back to the top of Di­vi­sion Three with a 36-run with over Den­ham 2nds, while The Lee beat Bray­wood 2nds by three wick­ers, with Matt Hutt scor­ing 66 and Jamie Line 54.

Penn & Tylers Green beat reign­ing cham­pi­ons Lit­tlewick Green by eight wick­ets to stay top of Di­vi­sion One, while Chal­font St Giles ham­mered Taplow by 10 wick­ets to leapfrog them into sec­ond, Chris Cross un­beaten on 68 and Alex Gor­ton tak­ing 5-19.

Den­ham and Coleshill both re­main in rel­e­ga­tion dan­ger, how­ever, af­ter los­ing by 88 runs to Pinkneys Green and 98 runs to Wrays­bury re­spec­tively.

Back in the fold: Steve Shep­pard

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