Ti­tle fight goes down to wire

Che­sham now hop­ing op­po­nents will put on a bet­ter show against ti­tle ri­vals Stoke Green

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


Falkland.................................................75 all out Che­sham .......................................................77-1 Che­sham won by nine wick­ets

CHE­SHAM will fight for the ti­tle on the last day of the Thames Val­ley League Di­vi­sion 1 sea­son on Satur­day – and it could not be closer.

Satur­day’s em­phatic nine-wicket win over Falkland in their last game at home means they travel to Boyne Hill level on points with Stoke Green and ev­ery­thing to play for. Green will be away to Falkland.

Che­sham will hope while they take care of busi­ness, Falkland put up more re­sis­tance than they did in Satur­day’s one-sided af­fair.

Forced to field first, Che­sham soon re­duced the vis­i­tors to 15-3 thanks to wick­ets for Gift Kwat­sha (2-30) and Ja­son Rance (1-16).

A brief rally fol­lowed, but this was snuffed out by spin­ners Pip France (4-10) and Asad Rehman (2-13), Falkland sub­sid­ing to 75 all out.

With storms threat­en­ing, Che­sham smashed off the runs re­quired in just six and a half overs, Luke Webb mak­ing an un­beaten 27 in just nine balls with six fours.

Sev­eral hours later it emerged Stoke Green had tied their match, mean­ing who­ever gets most points next week will be cham­pi­ons.

The 2nd XI con­sol­i­dated their po­si­tion in the Di­vi­sion 2a mid ta­ble with a re­sound­ing win against the al­ready rel­e­gated Che­nies and La­timer.

Chris Royals (5-44) and James An­der­son (2-19) re­stricted Che­nies to just 154, a tar­get reached in the 25th over for the loss of two wick­ets thanks to a match-win­ning third-wicket stand be­tween Dun­can Scott (76*) and the hard-hit­ting Henry White (41*)

The 3rd X1 gave them­selves a chance of avoid­ing rel­e­ga­tion from Div 4a by beat­ing NPL Ted­ding­ton by 21 runs.

Che­sham were dis­missed for a seem­ingly in­ad­e­quate to­tal of 134, de­spite 46 from Tom McIn­ley and 35 from Charles Turner.

How­ever, fine sus­tained spells by Ani­raj Nair (4-50) and Martin Wheeler (3-25) saw NPL bun­dled out for only 113.

The 4ths mean­while were in­volved in a drawn match with NPL 2nds at Char­teridge.

NPL were dis­missed for 209, with Ol­lie McIn­ley tak­ing 3-48 be­fore an in­ex­pe­ri­enced Che­sham bat­ting line-up crawled to 129-7 in re­ply.

Cel­e­bra­tion: Che­sham’s Asad Re­ham (left) took two wick­ets

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