04:17PM, Tuesday 18 June 2019
Boyne Hill’s travels to Gerrards Cross proved not to be as as fruitful as they’d hoped with the in-form side being held to a draw and only collecting six points.
Matthew Leipold took five wickets in an impressive display with the ball but solid knocks from Burhan Mirza (53) and Ben Lane (67no) gave the hosts a competitive score.
Having won the toss, Hill elected to field first in the first game of the season in the win/loss/draw format.
Opener Mirza gave the home side a solid foundation top build on as he scored 53 runs of 86 balls, after partner Daniel Hampton (4) was caught behind by wicketkeeper Simon Carter with the score at 12.
Chris Marrlow (32) and Mirza put together a good stand moving the total to 73-1 before Marrow met the same end as Hampton, after Leipold’s (5-41) delivery.
The Hill bowler was starting to get his eye in and his bowling was causing all sorts of issues for Gerrards Cross, as David Cleary (2) and James Hammerton (4) both fell in quick succession.
Mirza’s innings came to an end with the score at 129-6, being caught by Carter from another Leipold delivery.
It looked to be a decent innings for Hill, restricting the majority of their hosts batting line-up, but when Lane came to the crease he made sure that Gerrard’s cross target was at least a competitive one as he smashed seven fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 67 –run haul to reach 209-8 after 49 overs.
Hill’s reply started with an opening stand of 19 between Leipold (9) and Tom Mellor (8), but neither could add to that as they both returned to the clubhouse, before Chris Shave (1) fell lbw with Hill’s response enduring a rocky start.
The ship was steadied somewhat by Sajid Ali (37) and Tom Oldershaw (26) but they fell at 103 and 106 respectively before Ziya Mohamed helped the cause with his 23.
At 132-9, Hill held what they had as Alex Bartlett (2no) and Naveed Zaigham (5no) saw the remainder of the match out to claim a draw after their chase proved to be way short.
Hill picked up six points and remain second in Thames Valley League Division 1, while their hosts picked up 15.
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