Thames Valley League Division One
Marlow 257 all out
Chesham won by two runs
There was a win almost as dramatic as the second Ashes test at Edgbaston in 2005 when Chesham beat Marlow by two runs on Saturday.
Back then, England's narrow win by the same margin turned the tide of years of Ashes misery. At stake for Chesham, however, was keeping their title bid alive.
The long-time TVL Division One league leaders, who have fallen behind Stoke Green in recent weeks, were forced to field a youthful side due to a spate of injuries.
A much batting perfomance than in recent weeks owed much to Matt Rance (34), Luke Webb (55), Tom Free (33) and especially Gift Kwatsha, whose hard hitting innings of 61 included three sixes, enabling them to reach a total of 259 for 9 in 52 overs.
In reply, Marlow lost early wickets to Kwatsha’s opening salvo, leaving them reeling at 18-3, but a recovery saw them looking odds on winners until their ninth wicket fell at 256.
Marlow's final man then became the third run out victim of some tigerish fielding when, with three needed from the final over, he attempted a suicidal second run, leaving Chesham ecstatic winners, having narrowed the gap on Stoke Green to 14 points.
Meanwhile, an injury-ridden 2s side fought gamely against Harefield 2s before going down by three wickets, Sam Rance taking 4-52, while young Joseph Rance took 3-40 as the 3s went lost to Windsor 2s by two wickets with an over to spare.
A great spell of 7-30 by Max Hutt, plus an unbeaten knock of 68 from Sarfraz Nawaz, saw the 4s beat Harefield 4s by five wicket, while on Sunday, Chesham Women lost to Hampstead, despite a good innings from Harret Stone and two wickets apiece from Lyndsey Parham and Laura Gurney.