Ley Hill just one vic­tory away from re­tain­ing Premier ti­tle

Ex­cit­ing derby against Wag­goners ends in a draw with skip­per Peter­son hit­ting a cen­tury

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Tim Street tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Street­boyTim

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

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