Tring leave it late as Cherry blossoms

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SAM Cherry’s unbeaten 48 off 38 balls gave Tring Park an excellent three-wicket win over league champions Henley - a result which leaves Tring in third place in Home Counties League Division 1.

After an innings affected by rain stoppages, Tring had restricted Henley to 225-7, with Simon Stanway putting in a mammoth 28-over spell.

With only 46 overs to reach their target, Tring needed a strong start but saw their openers dismissed cheaply, leaving them on 30-2.

Captain Keith Dutch and Michael Payne rebuilt the innings with a century partnership in good time, and when Dutch went for 70, Tring needed 71 from 12 overs.

Payne fell for 68 to an outstanding catch which brought Cherry to the crease, and the Tring man paced his innings superbly to hit the winning runs with just two balls remaining.

There were mixed fortunes for the other Saturday sides, with the second XI suffering a two-wicket defeat, but the third and fourth XI both winning.

After reaching 72-1, the seconds collapsed to 111 all out at Cookham Dean, and despite giving their hosts a scare at 39-7, they could not prevent the loss.

Andy Taylor (3-16) and Tom Newton (3-19) were the stars for Tring Park III in their crushing win at Stoke Green, while Alex Fletcher (4-23) impressed for the fourths.

Both of the club’s Sunday sides suffered defeats.