Clubs to merge for new season
Two teams are in talks to join forces in the new year and be renamed Amersham & Coleshill CC
Inchbald added: “I believe this is the future of village cricket.”
The new team would continue to compete in the Morrant Chiltern Cricket League, where both are currently enduring difficult seasons. Coleshill, having been promoted last season, are currently bottom of Division One, while Amersham Hill are second bottom in Division Two.
Coleshill actually racked up 216-7 against league leaders Penn & Tylers Green on Saturday, Dominic Spencer making 91, but an unbeaten 118 from Mark Morgan helped see Penn, for whom John Cockcroft earlier took 5-55, home by nine wickets.
Amersham Hill also tasted defeat in Division Two, going down by 89 runs to Taplow 2nds, despite James Evans posting 55 and Dan Newton taking 3-57.
Elsewhere in Division One, Alex Hardy scored 57 while Dan Heaney and Chris Cross both took 3-32 as Chalfont St Giles beat Wraysbury by 16 runs to leapfrog them into third, while in Division Two, Great Kingshill lost by six wicket to new champions Harpsden.
Knotty Green stayed top of Division Three after Johnny Patel’s unbeaten 107 paved the way for a nine-wicket mauling of White Waltham 2nds, while Mike Price scored 96 and took 4-5 as Winchmore Hill won their derby against The Lee by 102 runs.
Down in Division Four, Luke Saunders returned from exile to front the bowling attack and was instrumental in an exciting victory for Amersham Hill 2nds.
Batting first, Hill reached 215 all out thanks to a partnership between Dan Telford (46) and Samantho Benson D’Costa (27), while Gareth Ashton chipped in with a brisk unbeaten 23, and Ed Boakes took 3-50.
Saunders then claimed 3-40, backed up by captain Anurag Abinashi with 2-46 and Ashton with 2-25, as The Lee were bowled out for 194 with two balls to spare, despite Boakes top scoring with 65.
A dramatic last over saw a catch missed as the sun dazzled the fielders, but Abinashi bowled the last batsman with the penultimate ball to clinch victory.
Coleshill CC are on the verge of merging with Amersham Hill