KIDMORE END looked full of confidence against MARLOW PARK in their Division 2A clash on
KIDMORE END looked full of confidence against MARLOW PARK in their Division 2A clash on Saturday, coming away victorious by five wickets.
With the wicket damp due to overnight rain and a shower just before play, skipper James Frost elected to bowl, hoping the ball would seam.
The first ball of the second over saw Mushtaq Khan caught smartly by Dhilesh Vasan at square leg.
With the wicket offering inconsistent bounce, Irfan Akhtar and Sohail Janed looked to play themselves in and weathered good spells from Frost and James Rogers.
Veteran Jeff Sheldon was then brought on and maintained his happy knack of taking wickets early in his spell as he bowled Akhtar after an ungainly heave.
Abid Ul-Wahab then got in on the act, providing an excellent slower ball that went unpicked by Sohail Janed and gave a straightforward catch to Zac Leonard behind the stumps
With Ul-Wahab bowling Atif Khan, Marlow Park were 54-4. But Faisal Choudhary rebuilt the innings, picking off singles and sending the bad balls to the boundary. He staged a 61-run partnership with Nabil Janed before a communication breakdown resulted in Janed being run out by Vasan.
Choudhary was content to carry on his positive batting and then put on 38 with brother Suleman for the sixth Wicket before Dhilesh Vasan deceived him with his leg-spin resulting in a simple catch to Sheldon.
Kidmore’s bowling and fielding then became a little ragged and Choudhary was eventually out for 88 when he picked out Guy Ashby at deep square-leg. Marlow ended on 222-9 from their 52 overs.
Marlow then opened with the old ball to take advantage of the inconsistent bounce but with Kidmore openers Tom Burslem and Jake Easton being quick between the wickets, they were content to rotate the strike.
Captain Mo Munsha took the new ball at the start of the 11th but this proved easier for Burslem and Easton whose run-rate increased to five an over.
Easton was dismissed with the score at 84 and the run-rate fell. When Nabil Janed dismissed Sheldon, Guy Ashby looked to dominate the bowlers, hitting 39 before being caught at deep mid-wicket.
Burslem ensured the win, carrying his bat with 95 not out, well-supported by Leonard who was quick between the wickets.
I Akhtar, b J Sheldon
M Khan, c D Vasan, b J Rogers
S Janed, c Z Leonard, b A Ul-Wahab
N Janed, run out
A Khan, b A Ul-Wahab
F Choudhary, c G Ashby, b J Frost
S Choudhary, c J Sheldon, b D Vasan
U Lalustani, b A Ul-Wahab
M Munsha, b A Ul-Wahab
F Alderman, not out
TOTAL (9 wkts)
Best bowling: A Ul-Wahab 4-49.
T Burslem, not out
J Easton, b S Choudhary
J Sheldon, b N Janed
G Ashby, c I Akhtar, b S Janed
A Ul-Wahab, run out
T Bodeker, c&b S Choudhary
Z Leonard, not out
TOTAL (5 wkts)
With their home ground out of action, HENLEY 2nds played their Division 2B clash against BEACONSFIELD at Shiplake College.
With rain around, Henley’s captain, Simon Wheeler, put the visitors into bat. Jones struck early, removing Francis for three, before Harrison and Odedra steadied the ship for Beaconsfield.
The introduction of slow left-armer Cameron Jacobsen proved to be decisive, as he and Nigel Dunstan ripped through the middle order with probing, accurate bowling.
Harrison and Odedra both played around straight balls that dipped sharply, beating them in the flight, while Thomas dragged a Jacobsen quicker ball onto his stumps for four.
Dunstan then removed Richardson, Rendell and Higgins, while Jacobsen accounted for Stafford and Thomas, leaving Beaconsfield in strife at 112-9.
But Musk and Richardson frustrated the hosts with their last-wicket partnership, before Wheeler returned in the final over to end their fight back.
In reply to Beaconsfield’s 166, Jack Davies and Tom Oldershaw started well against the old ball, before the former was held well at slip off the spin of Stafford for five. That brought Allaway to the crease, who put on a patient partnership of 63.
However, quick wickets by Rendell and Musk found their lengths and Allaway, Oldershaw and Ellison were removed in a frenetic 10-minute period.
Matters soon became worse as Legg and Jacobsen were also accounted for by Musk, leaving Henley 101-6.
But that brought Zac Jones to the crease, who proceeded to smite a run-a-ball 24 to swing momentum back in Henley’s favour.
After he too had been bowled by Musk, the final salvo was left to Homewood and Goodson to see Henley home with three wickets in hand and an over to spare, which preserves their 51-point lead at the top of the table.
Meanwhile, WARGRAVE lost by 105 runs away at HIGH WYCOMBE.
Neal Robinson returned figures of 5-86 as the hosts finished their innings on 248-8 from their 52 overs. But Wargrave only managed 143 in reply inside 38 overs with Imran Malik top-scoring with 37.
HENLEY 3rds stay rooted to the bottom of Division 4B despite a four-wicket victory over THEALE & TILEHURST last Saturday.
The home side was restricted to 136 from 40.3 overs with Henley’s Rob Kenworthy the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 3-34.
Kenworthy then starred with the bat, top-scoring with 31 as Henley reached their target in 38 overs.
WARGRAVE 2nds defeated FLEET 2NDS by 67 runs in Division 6B.
Wargrave made 174 in their innings inside 51 overs with Archie Withers top-scoring with 77.
Fleet made 107 in reply, having been bowled out inside 38 overs. Razwan Hanif returned figures of 4-23.
In division 7A, KIDMORE END 2nds lost by two wickets to THATCHAM TOWN 3rds at Gallowstree Common having been put into bat first.
Openers Chris Pigden and Mark New had to weather the new ball but scoring opportunities did present themselves as the Thatcham opening bowlers bowled loose deliveries.
As the ball grew softer they started to steadily accumulate runs and Pigden made a well-deserved half-century as they put on 103 for the first wicket before Pigden spliced a delivery to midwicket where Owen Jenkins took the catch.
Joe Dixon then joined New and they added a further 13 runs until Dixon was undone by a low bouncing delivery and was bowled for five leaving Kidmore on 116-2.
Will Patey was in next helped to rebuild the innings and in the process New also scored a half-century. New then was out for 89 with two overs remaining, leaving Patey and Ryan Corbett to take the score to 223-3 from 47 overs.
Thatcham also got off to a strong start with Kidmore’s bowlers showing inconsistent line and length.
It wasn’t until Jamie Colman induced an edge to slip from Jenkins that the game began to swing in Kidmore’s direction.
Further good, pressurised bowling from the hosts saw Thatcham slip to 142-6. But Thatcham skipper Tommy Mather was standing firm and with Tim Gogdell they put together 60-run partnership which ensured a tight finish.
With the dismissal of Gogdell the game was back in the balance until Mather hit a few lusty blows to take the game away from Kidmore.
But with four needed to win Mather was dismissed for 52 and it was left to North to hit a winning boundary with four balls to spare.
Elsewhere in the division, bottom club HENLEY 4ths overcame BRACKNELL 2nds by 65 runs. The hosts posted 149 runs in 47 overs with Sean Taylor the top-scorer with 66. But Bracknell didn’t come close in their reply, limping to 84, all-out in 32 overs.
In Division 9A, KIDMORE END 3rds beat THATCHAM TOWN 4ths by 84 runs.
Simon Berry was Kidmore’s highest run-scorer, notching 53 not out as his side posted 147-7 in 47 overs.
But Thatcham crumbled to 63 all out in 27.3 overs with Kidmore’s Richard Denton returning figures of 4-23.
Meanwhile, WARGRAVE 3rds defeated MAIDENHEAD & BRAY by seven wickets in a low-scoring game.
Maidenhead made just 43 inside 22 overs, with Wargrave’s Jegan Srinivasan claiming best-bowling figures of 5-10. Wargrave knocked off the runs inside 16 overs for the loss of three wickets.