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Thames Valley leaders grounded by bad weather
AMERSHAM CC are under a cloud this week after bad weather saw their Thames Valley League division one lead cut from 14 points to just one last Saturday.
Their game at High Wycombe never got off the ground because of heavy rain, but 30 miles south Finchamptead had a patch of light above them long enough to take all the points from Eversley.
Amersham’s gap has now been almost totally eroded with matches against third and second in the table to end their campaign.
Captain Luke Jackson said: “It’s just one of those things, it was too wet for us to play.
“The umpires were keen to play and were trying to find excuses to to play, but it was very wet already and then we had a downpour at just the wrong time.”
The match was officially called off around 3pm, a decision which was even more galling as Amersham knew by then Finchampstead were playing.
Jackson said: “They were at the western part of the rain so we knew they’d play.
“It’s a bit frustrating because we had a little bit of a buffer. But what can you do? You can get angry, but there’s not much you can do about it.”
Amersham will now take their slenderest of slender advantages to Chesham on Saturday, a team that beat them convincingly at Shardeloes earlier in the season, before hosting Finchampstead in a match that will now almost certainly decide the destination of the title.
Jackson said: “We thought we might have to win both our last two games even if we played Wycombe and won.
“Finchampstead just keep winning and winning so we’ve got to make sure it’s a final day winner-take-all game.
“The last game is going to have something on it regardless.”
Normally it’s at this stage that people start talking about tests of nerve, but Jackson believes that’s a negative approach.
He said: “The positive way is to have the confidence to treat it as just another game.
“We were at the top by 14 points for a reason, we’re one of the best sides in the league and we just need to make sure we don’t get too tense and freeze. We’ve just got to stay calm.”
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