Free-scoring Chesham held to draw
THERE The visitorsvisit elected to bat and Charlie Miller, in at number three, topt scored with an unbeaten 1 108 that propped up an innings w which saw Anupam Sanklecha adda 52. Maduka Liyanapathiranaga took all four wickets,w for 119 runs, but could mak make no further break- THERE Having won the toss and elected to bat, openers Matt Rance (50) and Alex Morgan (102) began with a rapid century opening stand, aided by a couple of dropped catches. That was followed by a blitz by Luke Webb, who smashed 53 in only 38 balls, mainly off the hapless and much-travelled Steve Naylor. Morgan duly completed his century and Jason Rance a rapid 33 before both made through, and with fellow Amersham bowlers Stuart Rogers, Haseeb Ali and Stanley Walsh drawing a blank, the visitors rattled off 244-4 off 58 overs.
It should not have been a challenging chase for the Amersham batsmen but Sanklecha proved far too potent as his eight wickets ripped through the hosts, who were skittled out for just 81.
Only Walsh showed any resistance with a battling, unbeaten 32 as Sanklecha finished with eyewatering figures of 8-14 and five maidens off his 12.5 overs.
Amersham will be looking to move on swiftly on Saturday, when they visit Harefield CC Middlesex. way for Mark Eteen (44), Rob Pritchard (18) and Pip France (21) to make hay before a declaration at 337-7 off 55 overs.
In reply, Datchet soon lost opener Max Stevenson to Jack McIver, followed by Joe Thomas 10 runs later.
France (2-42) bowled several overs as a ‘quickie’ before resorting to his usual spin and Matt Rance (5-64) bowled a marathon 25-over spell of spin but the obdurate and unadventurous Datchet batsmen quickly shut up shop to grind out 163 off 63 overs and achieve an unambitious draw.