Amersham claim derby honours
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.