Em­phatic Hill force bats­men to Sur-ren­der

Bowler Daluwatta proves un­playable with fig­ures of 12-12 from last 15 overs in three league games

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Daluwatta, who had racked up fig­ures of 7-8 over the last two games proved ir­re­sistible once more, re­turn­ing another fifer in what in the end proved an em­phatic win for the league lead­ers.

With near­est chal­lengers Ballinger Wagonners with­out a game be­cause sched­uled op­po­nents Had­den­ham have scratched from the league, it means Hill moved fur­ther clear at the top of the stand­ings.

Such a sce­nario looked when, de­prived of their openers, Hill slumped to 41-4.

Ben Ford, play­ing his first game for sev­eral months af­ter in­jury led the fight-back, shar­ing a stand of 71 with Daluwatta be­fore the lat­ter fell for 23.

Ford went on to top score with 46 and with Craig Rin­sell (24) and Scott Peter­son (20) chip­ping in with use­ful runs Hill were able to set a tar­get of 193.

Ge­orge Robin­son was the best of the Wen­dover at­tack with 3-38 and he then hit 42 af­ter open­ing in their re­ply.

Sadly for Wen­dover, his was the only re­sis­tance of note as the rest came un­der the Daluwatta spell.

His be­witch­ing fig­ures of 5-4 in just four overs means he now has 12-12 from his last 15 league overs. Lewis Thomp­son weighed in with 3-17 as the hosts crum­bled to 71 all out.

By con­trast, in Di­vi­sion One, Hill’s hero­ics came with the bat as Kash un­likely reg­u­lar Shakoor and Ginn Khan re-wrote the club record books with a fifth-wicket stand of 161 in their 44-run win at home to Fre­ith.

Hill had looked in trou­ble at 55-3 be­fore sib­lings Az and Kash Shakoor added 64. That was the pre­lude to some mon­ster hit­ting as Kash fin­ished 101 not out while his part­ner in car­nage, Khan, blasted 104 in 39 balls with nine sixes and eight fours.

Their hero­ics car­ried Hill to 281-5, but the big score took some de­fend­ing as Fre­ith fought back in re­ply.

Peter Stone hit 63 and Amar Ghafoor 43 as the vis­i­tors threat­ened an un­likely win. How­ever, Ghu­lam Mustapha’s 4-27 slowed the run chase down and with Mike Adams claim­ing 3-80 Fre­ith were all out in the fi­nal over for 237.

To com­plete a spec­tac­u­lar week­end, Ley Hill’s 3s got a much needed win at Cad­more End 2s. Jack Con­nolly’s first ever fifer (5-28) kept the hosts to just 157, this de­spite Rob Dick­son’s un­beaten 72. Chris Jones (35) and Peter Con­nolly (42) gave Ley Hill a ter­rific start and skip­per Andrew Pace (24) saw the them safely home for the loss of seven wick­ets.

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