Rance and God­dard stay strong to en­sure vic­tory

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

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:

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