Mid­dle or­der re­cov­ery not enough to save CSP 2s from 8 wicket de­feat

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

A MID­DLE or­der re­cov­ery was not enough to pre­vent Chal­font St Peter 2s go­ing down to a heavy de­feat by table­top­pers Cookham Dean 3s on Satur­day.

Opt­ing to bat, Chal­font got off to a ter­ri­ble start, fall­ing to 14-3 be­fore Asif Ahmed (24) and Mur­ray Scott (59) dug in and put on 65 to re­pair the in­nings.

Justin Weller (61no) then guided the tail to what ap­peared to be a com­pet­i­tive 177-8 on a wicket with vari­able bounce, but af­ter a slow start, Cookham’s re­ply ac­cel­er­ated smoothly.

No Chal­font bowler was able to stem the runs, and on a day when all mishits fell into gaps, and de­spite much play­ing and miss­ing, Cookham cruised home by eight wick­ets.

There was bet­ter news for Chal­font’s first team, how­ever, who beat Chiswick & Whit­ton 3s by four wick­ets in Di­vi­sion 5a.

Chris May put in a real cap­tain’s per­for­mance for Che­nies & La­timer in Di­vi­sion 2a, tak­ing 3-38 as Fin­champ­stead 2s were bowled out for 252, be­fore top scor­ing with 50 as his side held on for a draw at 174-7, but his side re­main bot­tom of the ta­ble.

Also bat­tling the drop are Bea­cons­field, who slipped back into the Di­vi­sion 2a rel­e­ga­tion zone with a six-wicket de­feat to Hurst, de­spite a half cen­tury from Chris Thomas (56).

Good per­for­mance: Justin Weller scored 61no but it wasn’t enough to save Chal­font St Peter

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