Amer­sham claim derby hon­ours

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Sent in, the hosts had an open­ing part­ner­ship of 48 be­tween Bruce Frid­erichs (38) and Ed Bow­cock only to be in trouble at 93-4 thanks to a fine spell by Jack MacIver (347). Dropped catches let Amer­sham off the hook to reach 235-5 from 50 overs with Paul Lan­g­ley’s 35 built on by Rob Viney – the skip­per and wick­et­keeper hold­ing the in­nings to­gether with an un­beaten 90 – and Luke Jack­son (28no) with big hit­ting in the fi­nal overs as the pair added an un­bro­ken 164 for the fifth wicket.

In seam-friendly con­di­tions, none of the pre­vi­ously eco­nom­i­cal Che­sham fast men bowled their al­loted 10 overs and they will be re­flect­ing on the old adage that catches win matches.

Che­sham lost Matt Rance (6) early on and al­though Luke Webb (26) and Andy Goddard (27) flour­ished briefly in a sec­ond-wicket stand worth 41, they were clearly in trouble at 88-4, on the way to be­ing bowled out for 146 in 39 overs. An ac­cu­rate at­tack fea­tur­ing Sam Helm (3-28), Alex Lines (2-20) and Nick Chap­man (3-29) – with Viney tak­ing four catches – gave Amer­sham an easy, 89-run vic­tory.

Che­sham will hope to do bet­ter when they have home ad­van­tage on Satur­day against Great Brick­hill – ham­mered by 144 runs on their own patch by Hare­field – while Amer­sham head to Read­ing, who suf- fered an eightwicket trounc­ing at Buck­ing­ham Town. REL­E­GA­TION

Liam Gough was the key bowler as Town dis­missed the Berk­shire side for 178, fin­ish­ing with 4-27, but his day went down­hill when he was run out for a third-ball duck.

Open­ing part­ner Leigh Tom­lin­son’s 82no spear­headed the way to vic­tory, adding 150 for the sec­ond wicket with Ash­ley Pear­son (63) be­fore Robert Large (17no) en­sured there were no more scares with the tar­get se­cured in a mere 26.3 overs to give them a fine start.

Cross fell out of the Home Coun­ties League last year but trounc­ing Boyne Hill by 100 runs sug­gested they will be strong can­di­dates for an early re­turn.

Jon Den­ning was the key man in a fine all­round dis­play, Cross rac­ing to 56-1 from eight overs through James Ham­mer­ton (48) and Dan Mamp­ton (33).

That soon de­te­ri­o­rated to 118-5 but Ben Lane’s 57 changed the tide again, gain­ing use­ful sup­port from Steve Rim­mer (18) and Richard Knud­sen (17), to set up a chance of reach­ing a re­spectable score in the 225 re­gion.

Den­ning al­tered the think­ing on that one, though, by smash­ing 35 from 13 balls with a blis­ter­ing ar­ray of shots which brought two fours and three sixes so that the hosts fin­ished their 50 overs with 254-9.

Boyne Hill started brightly too as Chris Shave (28) and Josh Ro­guski (51) led the chase but Den­ning’s 3-40, and two wick­ets in as many balls for Joe Bracey, stemmed the flow.

El­liot Green’s 3-26 main­tained the pres­sure be­fore Rim­mer claimed two wick­ets in seven balls to fin­ish off the vis­i­tors for 154.

Cross now head for Cookham Dean – beaten by Cove on Satur­day – at the weekend seek­ing to ex­tend their bright start.

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