Sunday, 1 August 2010

Sorry, indulge me. This is what I did today... my highest cricket score at the age of 49!

FORMER Chalfont St Peter parish councillor Neal Collins produced the innings of his life at the ripe old age of 49 on Sunday, scoring 150 off 129 balls against Penn Street.
Playing for Chalfont St Peter's Sunday eleven against their bogey side, sports journalist Collins was playing his first game of the season at the club after spending three months in South Africa at the World Cup.
Chalfont ran up a total of 294-5 off their 40 overs and skittled Penn Street for 94 in just 19.4 overs - a record winning margin of exactly 200 runs.
Collins opened quietly with Matt Stannard (who dominated the 40-run opening partnership with 28), then added 88 with 13-year-old Challoners schoolboy Adam Crossley (17).
Collins added 60 with 13-year-old step-son Charlie Lane (27) and reached the 150 milestone off the final over of the innings after a fine knock from another Challoners pupil, Charles Gorton (24).
Young Kieran Werrell produced a spell of 3-64 but Penn Street were always struggling.
The visitors were in trouble from the start of their innings, with teenagers Harry Tyler (2-26) and Jake Watson (1-23) removing the early order before the brilliant leg-spin of 14-year-old Tom Murphy (4-14) and the under-used medium pace of yet another Challoners lad Adam Pomarenke (3-13) wrapped things up.
Collins, who hit 25 fours and a six, said: "I'm nearly 50, this isn't going to happen again. But Penn Street normally beat us out of sight so it was good to see the youngsters getting runs and wickets too.
"This club has a bright future."

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