Right on Kew, Rance’s 127no boosts rollercoaster season
Thrilling century propels Chesham to 91-run victory as bowlers add with impressive figures
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