Sidelined Rance to re­turn for Che­sham’s charge up the ta­ble

Skip­per has missed last three games after what he feared was a long-term knee lig­a­ment in­jury

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In his ab­sence, Che­sham fol­lowed a draw against Yate­ley with a bat­tling win at Mar­low, then an eight-wicket de­mo­li­tion of Wind­sor last week­end.

Rance said: “It’s a good time to re­turn as we’ve got a big run of games now. Just one team go­ing up makes it tricky, but if we’re still within touch­ing dis­tance of Stoke Green when we play them, we’ll be in with a chance.

“We’re on good form, and Satur­day’s win was our most con­vinc­ing of the sea­son. It was nice to be able to sit back and re­lax after the heart in mouth stuff at Mar­low.”

Mark Ateen was the hero against Wind­sor, smash­ing an un­beaten cen­tury after spin kings Pip France and Umar As­lam took 5-54 and 3-72 re­spec­tively to dis­miss Wind­sor for 188.

Eteen then took cen­tre stage, the for­mer War­wick­shire Academy player fin­ish­ing un­beaten on 114, while Luke Webb fin­ished on 46no as Che­sham coasted home in only the 30th over.

Rance added: “Mark’s been strugggling this sea­son and got dropped early on, but he showed his tal­ent on Satur­day. He’s got ev­ery shot in his locker, and his cen­tury came at bet­ter than a run a ball. It didn’t quite work out for his at War­wick­shire, but he’s fo­cus­ing on his club cricket this year and get­ting the en­joy­ment back.”

The 2nds had the up­per hand in their draw at un­beaten lead­ers Fin­champ­stead 2nds, Julian Swain’s cen­tury and Asad Rehman’s 5-87 the high­lights as they came within a wicket of vic­tory. Wily Martin Wheeler took 5-45 and Mark Hughes D’Aeth scored 95 as the 3rds beat Hilling­don Manor by eight wick­ets, while Mu­das­sar Latif’s haul of 6-24 helped the 4ths see off Chal­font St Pe­ter 2nds by seven wick­ets.

The fol­low­ing day, Gra­ham Rance top scored with 75 as the Sun­day side beat Hemel Hemp­stead by 51 runs, but the 2nds lost by 17 runs to Ley Hill, de­spite Chris Roy­als’ knock of 77, and Che­sham Women lost to Wanstead by 105 runs.

Ja­son Rance (above) and (left) Mark Ateen per­formed hero­ics against Wind­sor

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