Chearsley’s revival ended by Stokenchurch

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Chearsley’s mini-revival came to an end at Stokenchurch at the weekend and once again it was the batting which let them down.

After James Veness had won the toss and chose to bat, he (21) and Andy Crichton, who top scored with 36, put on 30 for the first wicket and a further 57 was then added with Neil Davies (25).

Unfortunately, a heavy collapse followed and it was soon 108-7 with only Marc Hignell (18) and Owen Fisher (11) the other batters to make double figures as the innings subsided to 145 all out in the 45th over, well short of a par score.

The home side’s best bowlers were Ryan Gurton (3-14) and Marvin Taylor (3-29).

Stokenchurch seemed in a hurry when they came to bat with Arshad Latif and Ahmed adding 42 for the first wicket in just eight overs.

The former, who top scored with 66, and Ashley Hunt (37) then took the score to 117 before a mini collapse followed, but the target was never going to prove enough and they eased home with four wickets and 30 overs to spare.

Charlie Parker took 3-45 and Marc Hignell 2-21.

Meanwhile, Chearsley IIs kept up their good form.

Acting skipper Larry Warr won the toss and inserted Nondies into bat and only N Smith with 47 made any telling contribution as the innings finished after 45 overs at 135-9.

Stuart Burnham was the hosts’ best bowler with 4-16, while Mark Claridge bowled 15 miserly overs that yielded just 20 runs.

Burnham also starred with the bat by making 70, putting on 59 for the first wicket with Jonathan Hirst (17). Chearsley won by six wickets in the 36th over.