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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.

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