LOCAL DERBY IS SOLE MATCH OF THE WEEKEND
Hawridge & Cholesbury 236-10 (40 overs); Ley Hill 201-10 (40 overs)
After a complete washout of cricket on the previous day, the rain held off at Ley Hill on 23rd July for the Sunday Non-League XI to play a very enjoyable game against local rivals Hawridge & Cholesbury. Two new players from our junior sides were also introduced to their first game of all age cricket and both performed extremely well as you will see from the score card (to be found if you navigate to “Information – Documents” and click on the “Score Cards” icon.)
H&C won the toss and decided to bat. One of their openers (Drane – 16 runs) was caught off the bowling of Douglas Petrie by new boy Freddie Ventham with the score on 27, followed rapidly by a wicket for Ross James (caught by Andrew Pace) when Stenson fell for just 1 run with the score on 34. There then followed a 3rd wicket partnership between Cath and Shead of 62 before Shead departed for 37 runs, stumped by Sam Martin from the bowling of (who else but) Paul Green. Cath stayed put and partnered now by L. Barker, saw the score to 148-4. Cath and Reading then put on another 46 runs before Cath was run out from a throw in from the boundary by the second player making her debut in all age cricket - Lara Nardone. Three wickets then fell to Ley Hill’s last bowling change – James Lagdon – with the score on 218, but H&C managed to end up with 236 runs, the final batsman – C. Barker – being stumped by Martin off the final ball of the innings. Pick of the Ley Hill bowlers was Lagdon with 4 wickets from 37 runs in 4 overs.
Ley Hill made a good start, with openers Martin (23 runs) and Petrie (33 runs) having a first wicket stand of 58. The fall of the first wicket brought Lagdon to the crease and he set about the H&C bowling without wasting any time, scoring 57 runs including 9 fours and 1 six. He saw the score from 58 to 171 before being caught and bowled by Reading. At this point (33rd over) Ley Hill were only just behind the run rate, but although both Pace and Jamie Matyus-Flynn scored 27 runs each, and Paul Eckersley chipped in with a rapid 17 runs , wickets continued to fall and the remaining five batsmen could only muster 11 runs between them, the final wicket falling yet again on the last ball of the innings with Green being bowled by Cath. Cath was the pick of the H&C bowlers, taking 4 wickets for 30 runs from 8 overs.