Hampton rips into Marlow on demanding wicket
wicket win at Marlow. Hampton took full advantage of tricky batting conditions as he decimated Marlow’s top order, reducing them to 56-4, including the wicket of Imran Nawaz, who had raced to 38 off 41 balls.
Further damage was inflicted by Joe Bracey (2-54), Richard Knudsen (1-21) and Elliot Green (1-20) as Marlow’s lower order added some respectability to the score.
Hampton returned for his second spell and immediately claimed his fifth wicket to finish with 5-27 off 12 overs as the hosts finished on 152-9.
The Cross didn’t find batting any easier as Marlow reduced them to 263, before a fourth-wicket stand of 41 between Haroon Mohammad (47 not out) and Matt Whitley (25) guided
After a solid start Alex Watson took the first wicket, with the score on 39, and he was followed by the start of a 19-over spell by Matt Rance in which he went on to take 3-52.
Aston continued to bat slowly and wickets fell at regular intervals as Rance, Nouman Aslam and Pip France (2-57) established a stranglehold and had reached 133-6 after 50 the visitors away from disaster. However Marlow hit back with two quick wickets through Jeremy Batty (2-56) to leave the match delicately poised with the Cross on 98-6.
Mohammad was then joined by Knudsen (26 not out) and the pair responded by unleashing a series of boundaries to speed Cross to victory with their 57-run partnership off 50 balls.
The Morrants Chilterns and Kookaburra Mid Bucks cricket leagues, as well as the Wintech Berkshire competition, are appealing for new member clubs after the decision to launch a Championship Division next year.
The new contest will draw five teams each from Division One of the Chilterns and the Premier Division of the Berkshire leagues, thus creating vacancies in all three feeder competitions.
Matches in the new league will follow a 100-overs format with a championship decider between the first and second placed teams at the end of the season.
Teams in contention for places in the new league include, from the overs. A belated hard-hitting partnership between Wes Morrick and Leo Bethell then enabled the visitors to reach 181-6 off their allotted 58 overs.
Chesham’s reply began unpromisingly when opener Alex Morgan was bowled without scoring, but two strong partnerships followed; firstly with a 74 between Rance (38) and Luke Webb and then a further 56 between Webb and Andy Goddard (17).
When Webb was bowled soon after tea for a well-compiled 78 – followed by Mark Eteen shortly after – there were a few jitters amongst the home Chilterns League, Chalfonthalfont St Giles and Penn & Tylers Green. The main criterion iterion for selection will be e the finishing place in thee respective leagues at the end of this season, n, subject to providing g satisfactory pitches, outfield and facilities.
Talks will continueue between the three leagues eagues with a view to closer co-operation operation from 2019, with an importantrtant objective being to offer at leastt three different formats of Saturday urday cricket throughout Buckinghamshire,kinghamshire, Berkshire and South h Oxfordshire – 100, 90 and 80-over over matches including win/lose e and win/ lose/draw alternatives. es.
A T20 competition n on Sundays or in midweek is also o under consideration.
Expressions of interesterest to join the Chilterns Leaguee can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org,o.co.uk, and for the Mid Bucks League,eague, to email@example.com. supporters but skipperkipper Jason Rance (34 not out), supported by Robin Pritchard, madeade some lusty blows to carry his sidede home by five wickets in 46 overs.
On Saturday Chesham ham host struggling Reading.
Chesham’s second nd team drew at Harefield 2s.
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