KIDMORE END comfortably defeated a THAMES VALLEY LEAGUE REPRESENTATIVE XI by six wickets last Thursday in a match to celebrate the club’s 150th anniversary at Gallowstree Common.
The League Representative side batted and lost the early wicket of Henley’s Tom Oldershaw for 8, bowled by Assad Ul Haq.
Geoff Young and Rahul Panta combined with a 30 run stand for the second wicket before Panta was caught and bowled by captain Jeff Sheldon.
Duncan Johnson then joined Young and they put together 32 before Johnson was well caught by Guy Ashby in Ul Haq’s second spell. Goodwill Mamhiyo was bowled first ball by Ul Haq with a ball which pitched on the off stump and hit middle and leg. Ben Loader bowled well with his five overs only going for 14 runs.
The biggest partnership of the Thames Valley League Representative XI followed as Muj Fernando and Young added 63 for the fifth wicket before Young hit off spinner Tom Cullen into the hands of Chris Sutton at mid on for 37. Fernando followed Young back to the pavilion two balls perishing in the same way as Young had leaving the Thames Valley League Representative XI innings wobbling at 131-6 in the 31st over.
Cullen and Guy Ashby applied pressure on to the League Representative XI batsmen as a couple of tight overs saw panic set in with the score on 135 as Tom Mellor and Saj Hussein tried to hit their way out of trouble but their gamble failed to pay off as the League Representative XI further slumped to 135-8. A stand of 20 for the ninth wicket between Mo Rizizi and Callum Johnson was ended when Rizizi was bowled by Ashby. Four balls later the League Representative XI’s innings was closed on 157 with the dismissal of Callum Burnett for a duck by Jake Roberts with the total on 157 from 36.4 overs.
The Kidmore reply got off to the worst possible start as Joe Waldron and Tom Sheldon were parted with the score on 1 with Sheldon being run out for a duck. Gregor Hearn joined Waldron and they added 31 before the dismissal of Hearn by Rizizi. Neil Clark and Waldron continued in a positive manner until Waldron was dismissed for 14 trying to work a ball to leg from Rizizi who was in the middle of a good spell of medium pace bowling.
Tom Cullen joined Neil Clark and they added 40 runs in good time before Clark was undone by a slower ball from Saj Hussein leaving Kidmore on 98-4.
Chris Sutton played some fine late cuts and drives to move Kidmore towards victory while Cullen provided good support. The pair added an unbeaten 60 for the fifth wicket seeing Kidmore home by six wickets.
THAMES VALLEY LEAGUE REPRESENTATIVE XI
T Oldershaw, b A Ul Haq 8
G Young, c C Sutton, T Cullen 37
R Panta, c & b J Sheldon 22
D Johnson, c G Ashby, b A Ul Haq 19
G Mamhiyo, b A Ul Haq 0
M Fernando, c C Sutton, b T Cullen 24
T Mellor, b G Ashby 2
M Rizizi, b G Ashby 16
S Hussein, c J Waldon, b T Cullen 0
C Johnson, not out 1
C Burnett, b J Roberts 0
J Waldron, b M Rizizi 14
T Sheldon, run out 0
G Hearn, c R Panta, b M Rizizi 18
N Clark, c & b S Hussein 28
T Cullen, not out 36
C Sutton, not out 43
TOTAL (4 wkts) 158