Wendover remain rooted to the bottom

Chris Watts is bowled
Chris Watts is bowled
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Wendover remain rooted to the bottom of the Mid Bucks League Premier Division as their poor form continued with a seven-wicket defeat to Ballinger.

Put into bat first, the home side struggled against tight bowling as only Nick Morley (17), George Robinson (21) and Dave Gulliver (21no) made notable contributions in their 110-9 from 40 overs. I MacIver was the standout bowler with 5-15 in his 10 overs.

In reply, Tom McPartlan took two wickets but Ballinger eased to a seven-wicket victory in 28 overs.

The IIs enjoyed better fortunes, however, despite poor early fielding and dropped catches allowing Potten End to add 49 for the first wicket as the hosts batted first.

Tom Grace (2-22) made the initial breakthrough, aided by a stunning Bob Glue slip catch.

Jonathan Seabrook’s spin demolished the rest of the top order as he claimed a fine 6-33 and with Jamie Matthews (2-7) picking up the last two wickets, Potten were all out for 92.

Bob Glue (17) and Gareth Jenkins added 32 before a mini wobble left Wendover 40-3, but Joseph Glue made 15 and although Wendover again lost a cluster of wickets to leave them wobbling at 73-6, cool heads saw the visitors home to their second consecutive win by four wickets.

Wendover then achieved two victories in one weekend for the first time in 2014 when the Sunday team beat Jordans Taverners by five wickets.

Matt Gomm produced personal best figures of 4-52, ably supported by Matt Robinson’s fine spell of 2-24 off eight overs. Joseph Glue (2-8) wrapped up the innings for 193 thanks to outstanding boundary catches by Gomm and George Robinson.

In reply, Kush Bhargava scored an excellent 63, Tom Jackson a classy 22 and George Robinson batted fluently and hit 10 fours and a six in his 59 not out to ensure a Wendover victory by five wickets with two overs to spare.

Wendover U13s maintained their 100 per cent record in Division Three of the Bucks league with a 109-run victory over Ley Hill.

A top order collapse had Wendover 42-4 after 9 overs, but George Flitney-Rich and Ben Sjoberg added 59 together in six overs before both retired on 32. There was still time for Ollie Jenkins (20no) and Sammy Robertson to boost the total to 149-6 off 20 overs.

Ley Hill had no answer to Jacob Davis’s three wickets for one run and with four run outs, they were all out for 40, giving Wendover a big win.