Friday, 20 April 2018

Dixon’s knock helps side get off to winning start

THE wet weather last Saturday forced the abandonement of several matches throughout the league.

THE wet weather last Saturday forced the abandonement of several matches throughout the league.

HENLEY 2nds’ Division 1 match away to HIGH WYCOMBE 2nds was one of the games to fall victim to the weather.

The hosts had put on 272-5 with Iqbal finishing with figures of 3-74. Henley’s reply was on 55-2 when rain forced the match to be abandoned.

KIDMORE END got their Division 2B campaign off to a winning start at home to ALDERSHOT.

Jeff Sheldon won the toss and inserted the visitors. Asadul-Haq and James Frost opened the bowling and quickly took advantage of the favourable conditions applying much pressure to the batsmen.

The scoring rate was slow and after 10 overs opener D Anslow fell caught behind off of Frost for a 21 ball duck.

As the ball softened and some streaky shots from Baig and Pegg the Aldershot batsmen managed to regroup temporarily to reach 87—1.

With a change of bowling came a change in fortune for the hosts. Crawford started to turn the ball and the batsmen had no answer as he took 5—35 off 15 overs. Crawford was supported by Jeff Sheldon who took 2—21.

At 117—7 Aldershot were in a trouble but sensible batting interspersed with some lusty striking saw them to 160 from 45 overs when they were finally bowled out.

The hosts’ response did not start well as Tom Sheldon fell to the slow bowling of Mumby for a duck.

For the next 20 overs Joe Dixon and Jeff Sheldon guided Kidmore End serenely beyond the 50 mark. Dixon batted in a stylish fashion with good leg side flicks and guided square drives, when he finally was dismissed for 69 later in the innings he had guided his side within touching distance of the target.

Dixon was ably supported by the middle order. Guy Ashby struck a series of fours before he dragged the ball back on to his stumps for 14 while Waldron pulled a six. Paul Butler struck a six and also managed a one-handed sweep that rocketed to the boundary. Butler finished the innings 32 not out helping to finish the game off in Kidmore’s favour after the dismissal of opener Dixon.

ALDERSHOT

D Anslow, c T Sheldon, b J Frost 0

Baig, b Crawford 48

Pegg, c Dixon, b Crawford 27

Bell, c T Sheldon, b J Sheldon 4

Naqvi, c Butler, b J Sheldon 4

Yakud, c T Sheldon, b Crawford 0

Dadd, c Ashby, b Crawford 0

DV Anslow, c Crawford, b Aheed 14

N Mumby, b Aheed 32

J Grover, b Crawford 0

Gill, not out 0

Extras 31



TOTAL 160

Best bowling: A Crawford 5-35, A Aheed 2-9, J Sheldon 2-21.



KIDMORE END

J Dixon, c D Anslow, b Naqvi 69

T Sheldon, c Pegg, b Mumby 0

J Sheldon, c Mumby, b Dadd 29

J Waldron, c Anslow, b Gill 9

G Ashby, b Baig 14

P Butler, not out 32

A Aheed, not out 1

Extras 8



TOTAL (5 wkts) 161



HENLEY 3rds started their Division 3A campaign with defeat at PURLEY.

Debutants Will Ward and Duncan Very got off to good starts with some fine shots and good running. Ward (21) was the first to go top edging a catch to fine leg, bringing Prakash Gurung to the crease. With the score one shy of 50, he was run out for 7 going for a tight second run.

Henley’s highest partnership of the game then followed as Very (52) and Tom Oldershaw put on 66 together.Very’s debut knock was ended when he was bowled by Thava who struck again immediately afterwards having Henry Oldershaw lbw for 0.

Tom Chappell joined Oldershaw senior in a workmanlike 50 partnership before the later was caught for 60.

Chappell (23 not out) and Jeremy Palmer (13 not out) struggled to accelerate the scoring against some accurate, short pitched bowling from Jeffery as Henley finished their innings on 193—5.

In reply Purley got off to a brisk start with none of the Henley bowlers able to maintain a consistent line or length in the windy conditions.

It was another debutant, Wahab Mohammed, who took the first wicket having Purley captain Patrick Allen (51) loop a catch to Tom Oldershaw at point. This did not affect the run rate as Maycock and Rawal continued in the same vein. Fourth Henley newcomer, Aysin, had immediate effect in his first over when he had Rawal (54) caught by Hopkins at mid-off. This was followed by Ward stumping Maycock off Gurung for 13.

Henley attempted to use the conditions by having the spinners bowling out of the low sun and this tactic worked when Tom Chappell induced Sewiappan to drive a firm catch to Gurung at mid-off for 0.

Reber and Jeffery took advantage of the loose Henley bowling and took the hosts home on 196—4 with 12 overs remaining.

WARGRAVE, playing their first match in Division 4B of the league since moving from the Chilterns League, lost out against THEALE AND TILEHURST.

Wargrave batted first and put on 164-9. In reply Theale and Tilehurst reached their winning total with the loss of five wickets as they won the game on 165-5.

KIDMORE END 2nds got their DIvision 6B campaign off to a winning start against THATCHAM TOWN 3rds.

Thatcham batted first and were restricted to 169-7. In response Kidmore passed Thatcham’s total as they put on 170-8 with R Frost top scoring with 76.

A youthful HENLEY 4ths side ran out winners in their Division 7B home match against BURNHAM 4ths at Nettlebed.

Fielding first Henley, consisting of two U13 and two U15 players, got off to the perfect start with Sam Brabham taking a wicket in the first over.

Alex Harris White bowled well and with good support from wicketkeeper Gould the hosts had Burnham four wickets down with not even 30 runs on the board.

Harris White came back at the end of the innings to pick up three wickets and finish with figures of 5-8. After his first spell Harris White was replaced by Berkshire U13 bowler Ryan Palihawadana who was making his senior team debut.

Despite the change the consistency of the bowling continued with good line and length. This persistence paid off and Palihawadana picked up two wickets from his age-restricted spell.

A Johnson and Jack Rodgers combined to restrict Burnham further as wickets continued to fall leaving Henley a target of 88.

Henley’s batting did not start well but once Burnham had managed to drop Brabham twice in the second over, both he and Johnson went about chasing down the runs.

A Johnson looked comfortable from the start whereas Brabham took some time to get going but once in full flow there was little stopping him with some great shots in his match-winning innings of 50 not out.

Rodgers was unfortunate when a ball rose off a length to catch his glove and was caught but then Gould registered his return with a six as his first scoring shot.

BURNHAM 4ths

M Ali, st Gould, b Harris White 5

I Fahrid, b Brabham 0

S Afsar, c Brabham, b Palihawadana 16

Z Ali, st Gould, b Harris White 0

T Heer, c & b Johnson 24

A Hussain, c & b Palihawadana 0

A Raja, c Harris White, b Johnson 16

S Rahman, st Gould, b Harris White 11

S Con, b Harris White 0

I Mmood, c Head, b Harris White 0

H Kashmir, not out 0

Extras 16



TOTAL 88

Best bowling: Harris White 5-8, R Palihawadana 2-8, A Johnson 2-11.



HENLEY 4ths

A Johnson, lbw, b Mmood 15

S Brabham, not out 50

J Rodgers, c Raja, b Kashri 1

J Gould, b Asfor 9

S Taylor, not out 1

Extras 14



TOTAL (3 wkts) 90



WARGRAVE 2nds won their opening Division 8B home encounter against CHESHAM 4ths.

The visitors, batting first, were dismissed for 106. Wargrave reached their target with the loss of just three wickets as they put on 108-3 in 30.3 overs.

KIDMORE END 3rds picked up all 20 points from their Division 9A clash with CHISWICK AND LATYMER 4ths as the visitors were unable to raise a side.

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