Saturday, 19 June 2021

Peppard Stoke Row triumph at inaugural tournament

A FINE team display helped PEPPARD STOKE ROW KITES win the inaugural Oratory School Club T10

A FINE team display helped PEPPARD STOKE ROW KITES win the inaugural Oratory School Club T10 on Sunday.

Peppard Stoke Row, who featured 10 U19s alongside captain Richard Ashton, opened the tournament in disastrous fashion as they crashed to 25-4 against WOODCOTE, Paul Knox doing the early damage with 3-12 in his two overs.

Max Baker-Smith played an innings of maturity beyond his tender years to end on 32 not out, helping the Kites post 70-6 in their 10 overs.

Woodcote lost Jonny Clark to a fine catch at long off by Josh Perkins off the bowling of left-arm spinner Chris Humphreys while Hamish Scott’s slower ball proved too good for Micky Molloy.

After Mike Stroker was run out Knox was caught on the boundary off James Nicoll to make it 35-4, and despite some belligerent hitting from James Worsfold, Peppard Stoke Row held their nerve to restrict their opponents to 56-7.

Woodcote kept their hopes of reaching the final alive by beating GORING by 10 runs in the second game. James Wheeler top scored with 26 in his side’s total of 79-4, and despite Andy Steele’s 32, their opponents could only reach 69-3 in reply.

Peppard Stoke Row set up a final against Woodcote with a 50-run win against Goring in the third game.

Dan Hayden made 25 to lead Peppard Stoke Row to 93-6, Don Norman taking 2-17. That total proved far too many for Goring as the spin trio of Nicoll, Humphreys and Perkins restricted them to 43-8.

Peppard Stoke Row saved their best for last in beating Woodcote by 50 runs in the final. Will Legg made 60 not out and, combined with Hayden’s unbeaten 38, his side posted an imposing 104-1.

Humphreys was again magnificent in the powerplay, dismissing Clark, Knox and Molloy during a spell of 3-9. There was no let-up thereafter, and backed by some outstanding fielding which included two run outs, Woodcote could only reach 54-9 in their chase.

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