Dinton struggles persist after batting collapse

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Dinton Cricket Club’s first team slipped closer to relegation in HCPL Division Two after their miserable run of form continued with a crushing nine-wicket defeat to Gerrards Cross on Saturday.

Having won the toss and chosen to bat first, Dinton’s innings began disastrously as both Ashley Smith and Faisal Ali departed lbw to Dan Hampton without scoring to leave them stuck on 4-2.

Opener Brian Saunders and youngster Henry Woodward then set about the rebuilding job by adding 49 for the third-wicket before Saunders was also lbw, this time to Joseph Bracey, for 36.

Another mini revival followed as Woodward was joined by captain Alister Gibbins and the two both passed 20 but once Woodward was removed by the rampant Elliot Green for 23, Dinton completely captiluated.

Aside from Gibbins, who made 24, the visitors’ lower order crumbled as they went from 90-6 to 91 all out. Green finished with figures of 5-11.

When the home side’s reply started, Dinton desperately needed early inroads to stand any chance but although Oliver Woodward had Sam Westaway caught for one, Gerrards Cross cruised to the victory target inside just 15 overs thanks to Jamie Hoddle (29) and James Crosthwaite (60).

Dinton are now 13 points adrift at the bottom of Division Two and make the trip to Amersham this weekend.

There was better news for Dinton IIs, who recorded their second win of the season in a nail-biting affair with Bicester & North Oxford in Cherwell League Division Three.

Dinton elected to field first and excellent bowling from Peter Barker (4-50) and Muhaib Rehman (3-38) restricted Bicester to 178-8 off 53 overs.

Dinton lost Matt Dodds without scoring in reply but fine batting from Dan Ripley (79), Matt Kelloway (36) and Mark Ludlow (42) seemingly put the visitors on course for a comfortable victory, only for a dramatic collapse to then put the game in the balance.

Dinton lost three middle-order batsmen to ducks, however Rehman’s unbeaten eight guided them over the line with one wicket to spare.