Run-a-ball ton for Chambers
CHRIS Chambers inspired Buntingford to a 26-point haul, setting up an emphatic home win against Rickling Ramblers with a superb century. Chambers reached his ton from 100 deliveries, before he was finally out for 106 in the last over. Buntingford skipper
CHRIS Chambers inspired Buntingford to a 26-point haul, setting up an emphatic home win against Rickling Ramblers with a superb century.
Chambers reached his ton from 100 deliveries, before he was finally out for 106 in the last over.
Buntingford skipper Barry Walker chose to bat on an impressive wicket, although Rickling's Alex Kiff (4-29) and Ian Fairall (2-38) made good use of the pitch's bounce.
After a solid start, Buntingford lost three quick wickets, which left them on a shaky 29-3.
However, this paired Chambers and Syed Haque, who took the score to 107 before Haque fell for 39.
Scott Nash (35) carried on the support for Chambers, who played an immaculate well-timed innings, before finally falling to Kiff.
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Buntingford's total of 226-7 was always going to be challenging, and Rickling were not helped when skipper Stuart Prentice fell for a duck in the second over.
Chambers (0-23) and Richard Pearce (4-18) put a stranglehold on the Rickling batsman, with Dan Duff (2-15) and Steve Paola (0-6) finishing off what they had left, and as a result Rickling closed on 147-8.
The win leaves Buntingford in third place in the Herts & Essex League Division 1, and with four games to go Barry Walker's men will have to rely on South Loughton and Newport slipping up if they are to retain their title.