A BOWLER TOO FEW
By Eleanor Phillips
Ley Hill 132-10; Haddenham 1sts 134-7
Haddenham won the toss and put Ley Hill into bat. Both openers (Iain Stewart and Chris Jones) went quite cheaply. Ley Hill 16 for 2. Shortly before being bowled, Stewart had been hit on the chin and finished his innings with a fistful of tissues wiping off the blood between balls. Jones said he hadn’t enjoyed himself so much for ages and now that he is officially a senior citizen, is considering a come back. Sanity was restored by Ben Woodbridge going in at number 3 and scoring a respectable 42 runs from 65 balls. He was partnered briefly by James Lagdon (5 runs) but then Nick Lee joined him at the crease and they had a 4th wicket partnership of 75 which took Ley Hill’s score into three figures (exactly 100) before Woodbridge was unfortunately caught behind. Ley Hill then seemed to have a spell of the doldrums until Donald Petrie went in and scored 17. His was the last wicket to fall and meant Ley Hill finished their innings on 132. B. Squires had the best bowling figures for Haddenham with 4 for 22.
Ley Hill looked as though they had the upper hand when Haddenham slumped to 49 for 7 from 13 overs. Petrie and fellow opening bowler Henry Sussum had been sharing the wickets turn and turn about, but when Sussum had to come off due to the age bowling restrictions, captain Kevin Phillips found it difficult to know who to turn to in order to take over the bowling. He tried himself, Rob Sussum and Ivan Veall, but the Number 7 batsman Ahmad and Number 9 Ali simply kept hitting them! Ley Hill did not take any more wickets and Haddenham cantered home in just 29 overs, ending up on 134 for 7 – an 8th wicket stand of 85. Petrie had the best bowling figures of 4 for 35, closely followed by H. Sussum with 3 for 33.
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