Ley Hill just one victory away from retaining Premier title
Exciting derby against Waggoners ends in a draw with skipper Peterson hitting a century
LEY Hill are now just one win away from retaining the Mid Bucks Premier title following Saturday’s exciting derby draw against Ballinger Waggoners.
Skipper Craig Peterson reached his ton with only four overs left, before being promptly run out, while his brother Scott remained undefeated on 40 as last season’s champions closed their innings on 232-5.
But with 11 overs lost to rain, Ballinger’s winning target was reduced to 170, and Max Dugdale did his best to get them there with an unbeaten knock of 58, but in the end they fell just one run short in the final over and honours were shared.
All of which leaves Ley Hill 10 points clear at the top of the table, but while they have two games left, nearest rivals Monks Risborough have just one remaining.
Scott Peterson said: “Twenty points from the last two games should do it, so we could win it on Saturday.
“Back to back titles would be great, and we will potentially be moving to the Thames Valley or Chiltern Leagues, but that may take another year.
“It was a bit of a controversial finish as they needed a six to win but hit a four, and there was some questioning of the target which has been set, but it is what it is. My brother got run out chasing a single just after reaching his century for better than a run a ball. I told him not to go for the run, but he’s the captain.”
Ballinger themselves, in third, have two left but have too much to do with 46 points to make up, and they will instead do battle with Holmer Green, who are just two points behind after hammering Bradenham by 131 runs, to stay third.
However, Hawridge & Cholesbury, whose game against Aylesbury Town hit the buffers, look set for a quick return to Division One after slipping to second-bottom.
Down in Division One, Prestwood could still sneak into the promotion places with a late push after Saturday’s four-wicket win over Aylesbury 2s put them just six points off in third, but there seems little hope of survival for bottom side Challoners, whose game against Lacey Green was rained off.
Title hunt: Ballinger celebrate taking a wicket while (right) Craig Peterson in action for Ley Hill