A GRAPH of Chesham CC’s form this season would look a bit like a heart monitor of an England fan during the World Cup.
Every upward spike has been followed by a sharp dip as consistency this summer has proved nearly as elusive as a Wayne Rooney goal.
They won on the opening day and then lost at home, and after regaining their pomp at Cove a fortnight ago they came unstuck again against Dinton last weekend.
Captain Ollie Turner said: “There’s almost a pattern of win/lose/win/lose and we need to get our heads around it.
“We put in one performance and think we’ve got it, then follow up with a performance like Saturday – which was as bad as we’ve been for a while.
“We know we’re not far away, we’ve just got to find that consistency, especially with out batting.
“It hasn’t clicked yet and it’s really putting pressure on our bowling.”
That was the case against Dinton, when Turner won the toss and put his faith in the top order to bat Chesham into a position of strength.
But opener Andy Goddard went for zero before Mark Eteen and James Day both fell with the score on 35.
Barnaby Atkins (44) and Jason Rance (39) did mount a comeback, but four scores in the teens meant Chesham’s innings never quite got off the ground and they plodded to 169-9 after their 58 overs.
Dinton needed only 27.4 overs and two wickets to chase them down, with an unbeaten 93 from Michael Sutliff taking the game away from Turner’s men.
He said: “We didn’t bat well enough, we didn’t bowl well enough and we didn’t field well enough.
“We were a bit rubbish and it’s one of those games we just have to write off.
“We should have got about 240 runs and that would have made Dinton’s job a lot harder, but we’ve haven’t got 200 runs yet this season.
“A lot of guys feel they’re in good form but we’re finding funny ways to get out at the moment.
”It’s getting to the point in the season where we have to find it soon though or it will cost us. We can’t keep expecting our bowlers to keep bailing us out.”
Despite their mix and match summer, Chesham are still just ten points off second place ahead of away days at Horspath and Shipton-Under-Wychwood.
Turner said: “We’ve got two big away games now and we need to get some points.
“Reading are looking good but nobody is running away with it yet and any team that puts in three or four performances in a row could start to pull away.”