Chearsley on the charge but Wendover lose top-of-the-table clash

Ed Holland bowling for Chearsley. Picture by Jake McNulty
Ed Holland bowling for Chearsley. Picture by Jake McNulty

Chearsley were once again celebrating a double success this week as the first team’s charge up Cherwell League Division Four continued.

The Villagers’skipper James Veness won the toss on Saturday and inserted their visitors, Leighton Buzzard IIs, into bat.

They were soon in trouble, losing three of the top four for ducks to collapse to 9-3 when Jacob Turley joined Tom Callaghan at the crease.

The pair rebuilt the innings adding 82 for the fourth wicket albeit slowly. The former made 49 and the latter 45, however when they departed, only Richard Raine (32) made a telling contribution and from 140-5, the innings fell away to 161 all out in the 50th over. Ed Holland mopped up the tale to finish with 4-33.

The hosts had 50 overs to make the target and they set off well with Veness (32) and Andy Crichton (15) adding 50 for the first wicket.

Unfortunately they both fell at the same score but Marc Hignell and Will Sawrey-Cookson (14) added another 57 before the latter was stumped, an excellent piece of work by wicketkeeper Ben Smith.

Charlie Parker joined Hignell and the former dominated a stand of 59, scoring an unbeaten 45, which included nine boundaries and one maximum. Higenell was unbeaten on 46 when the winning runs were made in the 31st over.

Chearsley IIs, meanwhile, were put into bat in their Division Nine game against Bicester & North Oxford IIIs.

The innings was built around Jonathan Hirst’s unbeaten 84. He added 43 for the first wicket with Stuart Burnham (13) 34 with Sam Warren (29) and 62 with Adam Lazaruk (28). The innings closed in the final over at 204.

Bicester, with only nine men, struggled from the outset of their chase and although Michael Ilbery (34no) carried his bat, only Sam Townsend (15) and Lee James (18) made double figures and they were all out for 89 in the 27th over.

Duncan Stratford was the main destroyer with 4-27 while Peter Holland bowled well and picked up 2-18.

In the Mid Bucks League, Division One leaders Potten End batted first in their top-of-the-table clash with second-placed Wendover.

The home side progressed with few alarms before James Heafford broke the opening stand worth 59 and then two more wickets fell to leave them 78-3 after 20 overs.

Heafford returned commendable figures of 10-3-28-2, aided by Tom Cornick’s 1-33 off 10 overs, but opener Gurney was dropped after reaching 50 and went on to make a fine 101 out of the home side’s 186-4 in 40 overs.

Gurney also opened the bowling and his pace exploited the uneven bounce in the pitch and claimed the first five wickets to fall, with only James Harrington making double figures (14).

Heafford made a battling 23 in a lost cause and Wendover collapsed to 56 all out and defeat by 130 runs.

The 2nd XI played Ballinger at home and quickly slumped to 41-5 after 11 overs. However, a sixth-wicket partnership of 45 between Andy Holmes (25) and Ben Pope’s aggressive 30 rescued the innings.

Shailesh Govekar contributed 16 but then wickets tumbled to leave Wendover reeling at 115-8. With only eight overs remaining, Brandon Ridgley and Tom Pain brought about a remarkable recovery, striking the ball to all parts in a ninth wicket partnership of 62.

Both fell in the final over, with Ridgley making 37 from 30 balls, including three fours and two sixes, and Pain 19 enabling Wendover to reach 177.

Ballinger lost two early wickets in their reply before fighting back, aided by a spate of dropped catches.

Ben Pope claimed 3-45 off 10 overs, but Wendover couldn’t prevent Ballinger reaching their target and lost by three wickets.

As for Wendover’s Sunday XI, they bowled Wealdstone Corinthians out for 146 in 40 overs as Jamie Matthews (4-32) and Dee Bhargava (3-25) did most of the damage.

In reply, Tony Fish (28) and Peter Walton (29) added 58 for third wicket before a mini-collapse saw Wendover go from 110-3 to 136-7, but Chris Hunt guided Wendover home to a three-wicket victory.

For the U17s in the Mid Bucks League, Chalfont St Peter were dismissed for just 83 before Wendover slumped to 12-3, but Dan Norton (35) and Max Wilkinson (39) guided them home by five wickets.

Wendover U17s also beat Aylesbury, who were bowled out for 77 after Brandon Ridgley had taken 3-3.

Ridgley also starred with the bat in hitting 41 and was assisted by Alex Ross (23) in comfortably reaching the target for another victory.