CHRISTIAN Whittaker hit 155 runs for Division 2 league leaders HARPSDEN who were held to a
CHRISTIAN Whittaker hit 155 runs for Division 2 league leaders HARPSDEN who were held to a draw at AMERSHAM HILL on Saturday.
Amersham Hill won the toss and decided to put the opposition into bat. The Harpsden openers of Sam Imlay and Ben Hancock started steadily with both opening bowlers hitting their lengths.
Imlay was the more aggressive of the two, eventually departing for 32 to O’Brien’s third ball of the 10th over.
Andy Bryan fell shortly afterwards to the same bowler for six. Whittaker joined Hancock and was starting to hit the boundary with ease. Hancock steered a backward drive to gully to depart for a well-made 38.
Whittaker was joined by Will Ward who shared a record breaking partnership of 235 for the fourth wicket. Ward was more of a supporting role to Whittaker who hit the bowlers to all parts of the ground, with several balls being lost. Whittaker eventually departed for 155 and Harpsden declared shortly afterwards off 46 overs for 318-4.
Amersham Hill started aggressively with both openers finding the boundary, until Mackenzie was bowled for eight by Hancock.
Hancock had Etheridge caught behind by Ward a few overs later, leaving Amersham struggling on 27-2. Following this A Collison batted well for 39, with batsmen falling around him, he eventually fell bringing Evering to the crease, who batted with Coops before both departed. This brought D Wood to the middle who batted through to save the draw.
James Paice and Hancock were the standout bowlers, both unlucky not to take further wickets. Harpsden took nine wickets with 3.4 overs to go of their allotted 54 overs but couldn’t get through Wood and Natarajan, the match finished as a draw, with Amersham Hill on 167-9.
S Imlay, c McKenzie, b O’Brian
B Hancock, c Leighborne, b Evans
A Bryan, c Etheridge, b O’Brian
C Whittaker, lbw, b Natarajan
W Ward, not out
T Hancock, not out
TOTAL (4 wkts)
Mackenzie, b Hancock
C Etheridge, c Stevens, b Hancock
N Collison, b Paice
R Leighborne, c Ward, b Stevens
J Richardson-Hill, c Imlay, b Paice
J Evans, c Hancock, b Whittaker
J Cooper, b Hancock
O Wood, not out
D Telford, lbw, b Paice
P O’Brian, c Whittaker, b Paice
V Natajaran, not out
TOTAL (9 wkts)
HARPSDEN 2nds remain top of Division 4 after defeating visitors KNOTTY GREEN 2nds.
The visitors, who had several players caught up in traffic, batted as they only had five available at a later start time of 1.15pm.
Harpsden opener Tom Ham started well, removing the visiting captain Crowther with the fourth ball of the match as well as the number three two balls later.
Pandya did not last much longer, being caught by Williams off the bowling of the other opener, Birkett. Opener Scott batted well with new batsman Rundle, but Howarth removed the latter with his first ball, well caught by Ham, with Harris trapping Scott lbw soon after.
S Patel frustrated the hosts for a well battled 24, accompanying the big hitting V Patel who struck the ball well but never looked settled during his 43.
The introduction of Bevan proved too much for the remaining batsmen as he claimed 3-11 off just 3.4 overs to wrap up the innings, clean bowling V Patel and the remaining tail enders to leave Harpsden chasing 123.
The Harpsden chase started poorly for the hosts as they slumped to 10-2, losing both openers to the bowling of Harmen.
When Whittaker departed for 12, things looked bleak for the league leaders, but a partnership of 44 between Williams (30) and Imlay (11) seemed to put Harpsden nerves to rest, with Williams in particular looking very comfortable at the crease.
With the score on 76, both set batsmen were out, bringing Wright and Howarth to the crease with 47 runs still to make.
When Howarth (0) and Bevan (6) went quickly, all results were still possible, but Wright (31 not out) and Birkett were able to get Harpsden over the line with three wickets in hand.