Rance and Goddard stay strong to ensure victory
AN important day for second-placed Chesham resulted in an excellent win over Thames Valley League leaders Stoke Green at The Meadow on Saturday.
Batting first, Chesham were in trouble after the loss of Matt Rance, Mark Eteen and Luke Webb with the score at 52-3. Enter skipper Jason Rance to join Andy Goddard in a match- changing partnership of 96.
Two huge sixes by Rance caused considerable anxiety for club chairman Jonathan Royals as they threatened the roof of the pavilion, and he probably breathed a sigh of relief when Rance fell for 59.
Goddard was then joined by Tom Free (48no) in a free-scoring century partnership before being dismissed in the penultimate over for a well-made and extremely important 89.
Three more wickets then fell cheaply, gifting Stoke two more points which may become important in the final reckoning, Chesham having totalled 255-8.
In reply, Stoke lost a wicket to Gift Kwatsha in the opening over, but then the bowling was blitzed for 102 runs at more than seven runs per over before the classy Jason Rance took a running catch off the bowling of Pip France, and an Asad Rehman wicket in the next over signalled a collapse.
The innings rapidly subsided to the bowling of Jason Rance (5-36), with assistance from France (2-12) and Pete Clifford, the former taking the final wicket with the visitors on 165.
Things were not so satisfactory for the 2nds, who went down by six wickets to North Maidenhead, despite Dominic Goodman’s late spell of 2-4, while a much depleted 3rds side lost by seven wickets to Cranbourne, Mo Asuaf top scoring with 42.
The following day, in the Chess Valley Sunday League, Chesham beat Amersham by 136 runs, while the Sunday 2nds lost heavily, by some 286 runs, to Redborne.
THAMES VALLEY LEAGUE DIVISION ONE Chesham ....................................................... 255-8 Stoke Green ........................................... 165 all out Chesham won by 90 runs
Andy Goddard (left) and Jason Rance Match-changing: