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Thames Valley leaders blown away by Beaconsfield
AMERSHAM CC’s breathing space has been knocked out of them after Beaconsfield landed a heavy blow to their solar plexis at the weekend.
The Thames Valley League leaders were closing in on promotion after easing away from the pack with five straight wins, but a dismal batting display has reduced their lead to nine points and seen the table concertina again.
Third-placed Chesham are still right in the mix while Amersham’s loss means Beaconsfield and Kew are both poised to take advantage of any more slip ups.
Amersham captain Luke Jackson said: “We had a big league which we don’t have anymore, but in some ways it’s not much different.
“We expected to have win four out of five games, now we’ve got to win four out of four.
“But we’re at home next week and we have to reset our minds.
“We’ve been playing pretty well this season so we shouldn’t lose too much confidence from a one-off performance.
“There is no reason to think we’re all of a sudden a bad side.”
Jackson’s men would have been confident of making it six wins in a row though after dismissing their hosts for 147, but they were then blasted out themselves for just 84 to crash to their third loss of the summer.
Jackson said: “Beaconsfield bowled very well, we didn’t bat well and that was that.
“We thought we did a good job getting them out for 147. That was a below par score, but there was a bit in the wicket so it wasn’t as low at it looks.
“It wasn’t an 86 all out wicket though, that’s for sure.”
Alex Lines took five Beaconsfield wickets at the visitors appeared to take control of the match, but their batters failed to hammer home the advantage despite an opening stand of 25.
Two quick wickets stopped them in their tracks, three more fell in a clatter after that and then, following a half-hearted revival, Amesham’s last five wickets went in 15 balls of mayhem.
Jackson said: “It all happened pretty quickly – 147 is a low enough total and if you get a few partnerships you should get it.
“Expect is the wrong word, but the wicket was always doing a little bit and Beaconsfield have a very good seam attack.”
Amersham host Eversley on Saturday.
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