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
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