Will Smith makes a fresh start to season with impressive ton
Batsman smashes 154 runs in first match
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