SIDDLE STRONG DESPITE SLEDGING
MID BUCKS CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION ONE Lacey Green .......................................... 145 all out Ballinger Waggoners 2nds ............................. 149-5 Ballinger won by five wickets
THE returning Carlton Siddle shrugged off a sledging to top score with 42 and guide Ballinger Waggoners 2nds to victory against Lacey Green on Saturday.
Waggoners, replying to 145 all out, had fallen to 62-3 and perhaps began recalling the calamitous collapse in the away game at Lacey earlier in the season, when they threw away a similar strong position.
But any chance of a recurrence disappeared when the opposition fielders decided, rather unwisely, to sledge the new batsman, Siddle who, making his debut for the 2nds, promptly scored 15 off the next over.
Lacey could not get the genie back in the bottle and despite another Ballinger wicket falling, their number was up by the time Siddle eventually went for 42 off 34 balls, with the scores tied, allowing Ben Dugdale to strike the winning boundary.
Earlier, Evan Webster had bagged a double wicket maiden but could not quite make it a hat-trick, although Nick Adams grabbed his second wicket in the same over as Ballinger claimed three scalps for the loss of just one run.
Elsewhere in Division One, Prestwood kept their slim promotion hopes alive with a 110-run win over Ley Hill 2nds, but bottom side Challoners look doomed after losing again, but only by 16 runs, to Waddesdon, despite a knock of 70no from Rifhan Qureshi.
Up in the Premier Division, opener Will Smith hit an unbeaten half century (51no) while Jono Lacey took 4-31 as Ballinger’s first team dispatched of Aylesbury Town by eight wickets.
Craig Ottoway took a brilliant 7-15 as leaders Ley Hill continued their title charge with a 197-run hammering of Bradenham, while Hawridge & Cholesbury conceded their game against Monks Risborough.