Free-scor­ing Che­sham held to draw

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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.

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