Title fight goes down to wire
Chesham now hoping opponents will put on a better show against title rivals Stoke Green
THAMES VALLEY LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
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