Right on Kew, Rance’s 127no boosts roller­coaster sea­son

Thrilling cen­tury pro­pels Che­sham to 91-run vic­tory as bowlers add with im­pres­sive fig­ures

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Trevor Tay­lor

MATT Rance struck a best-ever score of 127 not out as Che­sham CC’s roller­coaster of a sea­son in pur­suit of the TVL Div One ti­tle con­tin­ued with an over­whelm­ing de­feat of Kew on Satur­day.

In­vited to bat on a very flat pitch, Che­sham be­gan well with an open­ing part­ner­ship of 68 be­tween Rance and Mark Eteen, and fol­low­ing the dis­missal of the lat­ter for 25, Rance was joined by Luke Webb in an ex­cit­ing part­ner­ship of 150 full of thrilling strokes.

When Webb was at last dis­missed for 79, both Jason Rance and Gift Kwat­sha sac­ri­ficed their wick­ets in the pur­suit of quick runs be­fore Pip France blasted a rapid 25 not out to en­able a dec­la­ra­tion at 276-4 af­ter 50 overs.

Skip­per Jason Rance then opted to open with spin­ners us­ing the old ball, and his de­ci­sion was swiftly jus­ti­fied when France took a wicket in the first over, quickly fol­lowed by two more from Asad Rehman to leave Kew reel­ing at 17-3.

Gift Kwat­sha then broke through the mid­dle or­der with 4-68 be­fore Rehman (3-36) re­turned to take an­other wicket, while Pete Clif­ford and Umar As­lam wrapped things up to give Che­sham vic­tory by 91 runs. With lead­ers Stoke Green win­ning yet again, their visit to The Meadow this week­end is vi­tal for both clubs.

Anu­raj Nair took 4-68, but the 2s were un­able to pre­vent Kid­more End com­pil­ing 244-8 be­fore be­ing bowled out for just 105, while Gra­ham Rance’s 79 helped the 3s end in 210-8 in re­ply to Ted­ding­ton Town’s 254-7.

The fol­low­ing day, Che­sham’s Sun­day side went down by six wick­ets to Radlett in Chess Val­ley League Di­vi­sion One, while Che­sham Women lost by 81 runs to Wanstead hav­ing been bowled out for just 45, af­ter Karen Min­tern’s 2-9 re­stricted their op­po­nents to 126-5.

Match-win­ning in­nings: Matt Rance walks off af­ter hit­ting 127 not out for Che­sham CC

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