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Amersham crowned Thames Valley League champions
AMERSHAM Cricket Club are celebrating today after winning the Thames Valley League title by a nick so thin that not even hot spot would have detected it.
They trailed leaders Finchampstead by 13 points going into the final day's play, but an heroic home win over the leaders wiped out that deficit as they collected 20 points to Finch's seven.
That left both teams level on 305 points from their 18 games.
When the points are level, league regulations stipulate that the team with the most victories must take the honours.
However, Finch and Amersham both have 11 wins this season, meaning the title had to go down to the team with the most wins batting first. Amersham just shaded it there to snatch back a title that looked like being theirs all summer.
Luke Jackson's men led the table for most of the season, but two defeats and a cancellation in the last month allowed Finchampstead to march above them.
A 13-point gap going into the final match, a showdown between the top two at Shardeloes, didn't appear to leave Amersham with much chance.
But, despite losing the toss, the pulled an unlikely rabbit out of the hat.
Asked to field first, they restricted Finchampstead's much-vaunted batting line-up to just 169-9 from their 52 overs, before their batters took over with Rob Viney (54) and Bruce Freederichs (77 not out) launching their team to 172-3 in the 45th over.
Meanwhile, Beaconsfield finished the season with a big win over Kew thanks to Chris Thomas' unbeaten 73.
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