Sheppard’s back in the fold
Batsmen’s first Hill appearance in decade
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 email@example.com.
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