Already assured of a place in the Championship Division in the 2020 season, Ley Hill played their final league match of 2019 at Braywood where skipper Craig Peterson won the toss and elected to bat. Opener Ben Moultrie-Ford was unfortunate to go for just 10 runs when he was caught, but Craig stayed put and scored his fifth century of the season, having a magnificent second wicket stand of 158 with Max Lee. Max eventually went for 55 runs with the score on 187 and Craig himself followed just 14 runs later when he had scored 121.
Max’s departure had brought Lewis Thompson to the wicket – and Lewis didn’t hang about. He scored an extremely quick-fire 64 runs which included reaching his 50 in just 15 balls faced – a new club record which at long last supersedes that set by Richard Lewis of 50 runs in 16 balls back in 1990. When Lewis was out with the total on 274, the remainder of the innings was something of an anti-climax, but the team ended up on 282 with 9 wickets down. Best Braywood bowling came from Ahsan with 3 for 46, followed by N. Mahmood with 3 for 64, Hafeez 2 for 47 and Waheed with 1 for 75.
In response, Braywood never looked as though they would be able to get the runs to win. The highest scorer was batter number 4 (Yaser Ahmed) with 39 runs and only S. Kazmi (27) and A. Raza (11) managed to join him in scoring double figures. The next six batters only managed 11 runs between them and (if I read the scorebook correctly) numbers 10 and 11 didn’t even bother to come out to bat. As a result, Braywood were all out for 115. Jack Thompson was pick of the Ley Hill bowlers with 4 for 24, followed by Graham Comper with 3 for 20 and Henry Sussum with 1 for 42.