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Chesham in the hunt for successive promotions
CHESHAM CC are now bona fide title contenders after their fourth win in succession closed the gap between themselves and the top to just 15 points.
Henley 2s were the latest side to suffer as the dark horses of the Thames Valley League show no signs of flagging.
Captain Ollie Turner said: “Being in this position with four games to go, we have to consider ourselves title contenders.
“Amersham slipped up, which brings us within one result. It’s a three-horse race now and we think we’re capable of winning it.”
Wins over Beaconsfield, Datchet and Eversley leading into Henley back up Turner’s confidence, and he believes the team have timed their charge perfectly.
He said: “It’s better to be chasing than leading and maybe that’s worked in our favour.
“But we’re playing pretty well. The batsmen are on top of their games and we’ve also been able to limit sides to not many runs in recent matches.
“I think we’re playing as well now as we have all season.”
Turner lost his fourth toss in a row on Saturday but they hardly skipped a beat as Matthew Rance and Umar Aslam took four wickets each – Rance moving to 41 for the season – to dismiss Henley for 163.
In reply, Kenyan international Nehemiah Odhiambo hit a fluent 57 to steady the Chesham ship after four quick wickets, but opener Barnaby Atkins was the mainstay of the innings as he continued his sparkling form with an unbeaten 58 to take his side home.
That comes after scores of 65, 121 not out and 41 in his last three matches.
Turner said: “When you’re chasing, if one of your top four is not out at the end you’re more than likely to win the game.
“And for us it was Barnaby Atkins again. He’s found some form at the right time for us.”
Chesham host High Wycombe 2s next Saturday with a trip to Kew before they host Amersham on the penultimate weekend.
Turner, whose team were promoted last summer, said: “We were defending a lead last year so it’s a bit different.
"But this year is a little bit of a bonus and we’re just trying to enjoy it. If you offered us 15 points off the lead with four games to go at the start of the season we’d have been delighted.
“We might not have expected this, but I know how good we are. Four wins would probably do it now.”
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