Hamp­ton rips into Mar­low on de­mand­ing wicket

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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 rjhat­ters1@ya­hoo.co.uk,o.co.uk, and for the Mid Bucks League,eague, to robi­nacarr@sky.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.

Che­sham to­talled d 205-8205- 8 off offffffffff 52 overs, with Ed Turnerurner ( (55)55) and Chris Hedges (46) thehe high­est scor­ers. Hare­field were soon in trou­ble at 39-4 but no more e wick­ets fell as the hosts bat­ted out to 117.

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