Will Smith makes a fresh start to sea­son with im­pres­sive ton

Bats­man smashes 154 runs in first match

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Roger Web­ster tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com MID BUCKS CRICKET LEAGUE PRE­MIER DIV Ballinger Wag­goners...................................... 284-6 Wen­dover ............................................... 139 all out Ballinger won by 154 runs

WILL Smith smashed a cen­tury on his first ap­pear­ance of the sea­son as Ballinger Wag­goners thrashed Wen­dover by 154 runs on Satur­day.

Open­ing with Danny Draper, the pair were soon scor­ing at six an over and the 50 part­ner­ship came up in the eighth over, fol­lowed by 100 in the 18th, 150 in the 23rd and 200 in the 29th.

One over later, Draper, whose self im­posed re­straint had just been bro­ken by a splen­did six, was caught for an ex­cel­lent 58, with the board read­ing 215-1.

Ian Davies joined Smith and an­other 25 runs ac­crued be­fore a des­per­ate Wen­dover tried their sev­enth bowler, who promptly took two wick­ets with his first two balls.

Smith, caught for a mag­nif­i­cent 136, was ap­plauded all the way back to the pav­il­ion, while last week’s hero, Jono Lacey, by con­trast, was caught for a golden duck.

Monty Thomp­son and Tom McIn­tyre helped Davies, who fin­ished un­beaten on 32, keep the runs flow­ing un­til the in­nings closed on 284-5.

Wen­dover made a good start to their mam­moth re­ply with an open­ing stand of 49 be­fore Ian Maciver took a catch at silly mid-off to give Lacey a wel­come wicket, but Wen­dover were well be­hind the rate they needed, and Lacey soon had his sec­ond scalp when he de­flected a Great start: shot off his bowl­ing onto the non­striker’s stumps to run him out.

Fred­die Thomp­son came on and bowled two maid­ens from his first three overs, in­clud­ing a wicket, on his way to 5-39 off 10, while Evan Web­ster grabbed a cou­ple of wick­ets and took a blinder at slip. Davies then took a smart stump­ing and a good catch be­fore Will Reid came on to fin­ish Wen­dover off for 148.

How­ever, Ballinger’s 2nds went down nar­rowly, by just 10 runs, to Ayles­bury Town 2nds in Divi­sion Two.

Also in Divi­sion Two, bot­tom club Chal­lon­ers have them­selves a fight­ing chance of sur­vival with a four-wicket win over Prest­wood.

Craig Eden’s half cen­tury (53) was not enough for Prest­wood, whose own pro­mo­tion hopes were dam­aged by the de­feat.

Ballinger Wag­goners’ Will Smith

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