HOSTS WOODCOTE failed to cope with the damp and murky conditions and were bowled out for under 100 against SULHAMSTEAD in the Premier Division on Saturday in a match that was eventually abandoned due to bad light.
The exception was Will Macdonald who carried his bat through the innings to remain unbeaten on 77. However, none of the other batsmen followed his lead and Ian Williams was the chief beneficiary for Sulhamstead with 4-36 as Woodcote only managed to survive for 30 overs.
In the second innings it was the turn of the visitors to struggle as the light faded still further.
Fortunately for them the visitors had three batsmen who managed to hang around long enough to put them within sight of victory, in spite of some tidy bowling by the home side, with skipper James Worsfold having the best return of 2-18 in six overs.
By the 24th over, after a couple of stoppages, the light had deteriorated to the point where the match was abandoned, leaving Sulhamstead with the winning draw courtesy of a better run-rate.
P Knox, c Briggs, b Macdonald 5
W Macdonald, not out 77
S Henderson, b Williams 1
J Clark, lbw, b Williams 2
E Waldron, b Williams 0
Z Akram, lbw, b Palmer 4
M Stroker, c Mercer, b Williams 4
R Latter, c Briggs, b Thompson 1
J Worsfold, c Macdonald,
b Thmpsson 0
M Pearson, c Macdonald,
b Thompson 0
B Allen, c Thompson, b Palmer 0
M Thompson, run out 16
A Briggs, c Henderson, b Clark 0
C Mercer, c Worsfold, b Macdonald 37
T Evans, b Pearson 22
J Seward, c Latter, b Worsolfd 2
M Godfrey, not out 9
S Dove, c & b Worsfold 0
C Palmer, not out 0
TOTAL (6 wkts) 88
Bad light forced the mid-table match between hosts PEPPARD and WOODLEY to be abandoned just before 7.30pm.
The visitors batted first with openers Abassi and Akram adding 62 in 10 overs but both were out in successive overs from Mo Khan. Other than an even-time 42 by Basra and two late flourishes from Ahmed and the not out captain Ali, others perished cheaply but Woodley reached 211 when all out in the 42nd over.
Peppard’s reply began disastrously with Chard junior and Brock dismissed by Mohammed with only seven scored. Kumar added 15 but captain Senthil Muniasamy and Tim Vines added 102, the bulk of the runs.
With visibility becoming very difficult for both fielders and batsmen, the umpires abandoned the match, leaving Tim Vines on 48 not out.
Z Abassi, c A Watts, b M Khan 43
H Akram, b M Khan 15
J Raja, lbw, b I Jackson 18
M Barney, c A Hayden, b R Hayden 11
S Basra, c M Khan, b I Jackson 41
I Mohammed, c J Hern, b R Hayden 8
N Asghar, c T Vines, b R Hayden 0
F Ahmed, c A Hayden, b T Vines 22
R Stanley, c J Hern, b A Hayden 4
A Ali, not out 29
AN Other, c M Chard jnr,
b A Hayden 1
Best bowling: R Hayden 3-47, A Hayden 2-20, M Khan 2-39, I Jackson 2-46.e_SClBPEPPARD
M Chard jnr, c F Ahmed,
b I Mohammed 1
R Brock, c R Stanley,
b I Mohammed 0
S Muniyasamy, c & b J Raja 69
P Kumar, b M Barney 15
T Vines, not out 48
A Hayden, b J Raja 0
J Hern, b J Raja 6
A Watts, not out 0
TOTAL (6 wkts) 149
Best bowling: J Raja 3-13, I Mohammed 2-51.
SOUTH EAST READING all but condemned STOKE ROW to relegation as Atif Asif fired his side to a 13-run win.
Hosts Stoke Row made a good start after asking South East to bat, with South Africans Matt Hopper and Dion Sampson reducing the visitors to 14-3 after 11 overs.
Asif and Jibraan Naame rebuilt the visitors’ innings before the former was trapped lbw by Sam Boughton, who then removed Umer Akram in the same fashion.
The hosts turned the screw with 15-year-old spinner Chris Humphreys dismissing Naame and Mohsin Asif to leave SE Reading on 95-7.
A productive counter-attack from Atiq Javed and Raja Rafaqat helped SE Reading to a respectable total before the returning Hopper and Sampson ensured the visitors were 162 all out.
Stoke Row’s reply began in disastrous fashion with Hopper bowled by Raja from the first ball of the innings. JC Arnold struck a brace of boundaries before he became Asif’s first victim, and when the bowler removed Boughton and Will Bishop Stoke Row were 53-4.
Richard Ashton again made a start without converting as he nicked off to give Asif a fourth victim.
The introduction of Umer Akram heralded another collapse as Stoke Row slipped to 91-8.
Mikey Hennessy and Sampson, struck in the chin from the first ball he faced, threatened a surprise as they added 45 for the ninth wicket.
The pair were finally separated when Hennessy was bowled by Javed, before Sampson’s heroic rearguard was ended by Naame as Stoke Row were dismissed for 149.
SOUTH EAST READING
H Akram, lbw, b Hopper 2
G Hussain, b Sampson 0
A Asif, lbw, b Boughton 33
Z Ali, b Hiopper 0
J Naame, b Humphreys 43
M Asif, c Windsor, b Humphreys 5
U Akram, lbw, b Boughton 6
A Javed, c Boughton, b Hopper 27
R Raja, b Sampson 32
T Sultan, b Sampson 4
N Khan, not out 0
Best bowling: M Hopper 3-25, D Sampson 3-42, S Boughton 2-32, C Humphreys 2-36.
M Hopper, b Raja 0
W Bishop, b A Asif 7
JC Arnold, b A Asif 14
S Boughton, b A Asif 9
R Ashton, c H Akram, b A Asif 33
I Jordan, b U Akram 12
H Jordan, c Hussain, b Raja 1
N Windsor, b U Akram 0
M Hennessy, b Javed 22
D Sampson, b Naame 32
C Humphreys, not out 2
TOTAL 149e_SClBCHECKENDON’S home match with BCS GROSVENOR was abandoned due to rain. The visitors put on 255-5 and after 12 overs Checkendon were on 33-3 when rain stopped play.
GORING moved out of the Division 1 relegation zone with a win at fellow strugglers CROWN WOOD.
The hosts batted first and their total of 181-6 was built around a fifth wicket partnership of 133 by Puttige and Maharoof.
With the threat of rain ever present, Goring raced to the required total in the 29th over, largely due to a fine 94 not out by Ollie Carrier and 49 from Owen Tong-Jones.
S Puttige, c Carrier, b Hussain 70
K Rajabdean, b Barton 1
M Izzadean, lbw, b Mott 4
R Godbole, c Walsh, b Mott 3
D Cartledge, c Russell, b Barton 1
A Maharoof, c Norman, b Hussain 62
C Blake, not out 22
S Chandran, not out 5
TOTAL (6 wkts) 181
Best bowling: K Barton 2-25, J Mott 2-26, A Hussain 2-40.
J Mott, b Motimed 4
C Walsh, c Izzadeen, b Mani 35
O Carrier, not out 94
O Tong-Jones, lbw, b Cartledge 49
A Hussain, not out 0
TOTAL (3 wkts) 185
Opening batsman R Ackerman hit an undefeated century but it was not enough as eight-man PEPPARD 2nds found fielding difficult as they suffered a seven-wicket defeat away to CROWTHORNE in Division 2.
Having won the toss Peppard batted first and Ackerman and Townsin put on 65 for the first wicket. Townsin was then out lbw to bring in Garry Legg and he and Ackerman added a further 130 as Peppard finished on 195-1. Townsin finished on 56 not out and Ackerman 107 not out in a partnership that saw two sixes and 27 fours scored.
In reply the home side lost a wicket in the first over but Cluett and Arshad put on 93 before Arshad was out for 72. Cluett went on to score 83 not out as Crowthorne reached their target after 25 overs.
R Ackerman, not out 107
D Townsin, lbw, b Cluett 20
G Legg, not out 56
TOTAL (1 wkt) 195
A Cluett, not out 83
J Davies, b Proudfoot 0
S Arshad, c Hall, b Dyer 72
A Chalmers, lbw, b Mayers 20
R Madonell, not out 19
TOTAL (3 wkts) 198