Kew v AMERSHAM CC Saturday 1st X1 on Sat 04 Jul 2009 at 13:30
AMERSHAM CC Won by 8 wickets

Match report Atkinson digs up Kew

Amersham continued their excellent season on Saturday, beating Kew by 8 wickets chasing 104 to win on a very warm day next to the South Circular on Kew Green. Chris Fleming (43*) and Dan Colquhoun (33) put on 91 runs for the first wicket, bringing their team to within 15 of victory before Colquhoun was bowled, leaving Fleming to hit the winning runs and continue his rich vein of form-he has scored 215 runs since he was last dismissed. This was accomplished in 75 minutes and 20 overs, and was an appropriate conclusion to an unusual day’s cricket, with one extraordinary individual performance.

There was no sign of what was to come as Luke Jackson won the toss and chose to bowl, and Kew got off to a brisk start. Ian Maynard and Bruce Friderichs were quickly into their stride and a very quick outfield ensured that batsmen got full value for their shots, even if they were not struck cleanly. Alex Lines’ 3rd convincing LBW appeal brought the dismissal of the prolific Friderichs in the 5th over, but Mistry continued the high tempo when he arrived at the crease. At 30-1 after only 7 overs a large score looked very possible, but a change of bowling in the 14th over changed the game, and Amersham CC’s record books.

David Atkinson was introduced into the attack from the Bridge End with the score on 40-1. 12 overs later the total had advanced to 49, but 6 more wickets had fallen, all to Atkinson, at no personal cost. Tom Dixon’s spell of swing bowling from the Church End was very valuable-his tight control over line and length meant that the Kew batsmen had few scoring opportunities from that end either. Maynard & Mistry were both bowled, while Knowles and Thomas were caught LBW to consecutive balls. Kew, now marooned on 48, found no respite as Pearce was deceived in the flight and then Dan Colquhoun caught a sharp chance behind the stumps to dismiss Taylor. At this point Atkinson had the remarkable figures of 8-8-0-6, and there were suggestions that he should claim injury and retire to the outfield to ensure such figures remained intact. It is more accurate, however, to suggest that the captain had no chance of getting the ball off him even if he had wanted to. Baig and Goulding set about fashioning something of a recovery for Kew, putting together a partnership of 54 for the 8th wicket. This was broken by a smart catch by Luke Jackson at extra cover to give Atkinson his 7th wicket, and this signalled the end of Kew’s resistance. The first two balls of Atkinson’s next over completed Kew’s innings, a hat trick, and the best bowling figures ever recorded for Amersham’s 1st XI. Baig was well caught at square leg by Alex Lines, while Bajaj was bowled round his legs first ball. Atkinson finished with figures of 15.2-10-15-9 and retired to a local newsagent to buy a lottery ticket.

This win consolidated Amersham’s position near the top of the league, 5 points behind Thatcham and level with Harefield, whither they head next week for the first fixture of the second half of the season.

Kew Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
103 (0.0 overs)
I Maynard b  Atkinson 17
B Friderichs lbw  Lines 4
J Mistry b  Atkinson 21
M Taylor ct  Colquhoun b Atkinson 2
E Knowles lbw  Atkinson 1
K Thomas lbw  Atkinson 0
N Pearce b  Atkinson 0
A Baig ct  Lines b Atkinson 31
N Goulding ct  L Jackson b Atkinson 23
S Foster Not Out  0
R Bajaj b  Atkinson 0

AMERSHAM CC Saturday 1st X1 Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Alex Lines12.0223123.001.92
Duncan Ward6.003000.005.00
David Atkinson15.2101591.670.98
Tom Dixon6.02900.001.50
Abhay Mayer4.002600.006.50

AMERSHAM CC Saturday 1st X1 Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 2 wickets
Chris Fleming Not Out  43
Dan Colquhoun b  Bajaj 33 1
Abhay Mayer ct  Taylor b Bajaj 5
Hugh Jackson Not Out  2
Elliot Ketteringham  
Luke Jackson   1
Richard Stephenson  
Duncan Ward  
Tom Dixon  
Alex Lines   1
David Atkinson  

Kew Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
N Pearce4.002600.006.50
S Foster3.002000.006.67
R Bajaj6.1025212.504.05
A Baig6.003100.005.17

  • Umpire :
  • Scorer :
    Peter Davies