PEPPARD STOKE ROW cut the gap at the top of the Premier Division following a five-wicket
PEPPARD STOKE ROW cut the gap at the top of the Premier Division following a five-wicket success at WOODLEY last Saturday.
Tight bowling from Matt Hopper and Sam Fooks put the hosts under pressure with the latter making the breakthrough, bowling opposition captain Amjad Ali.
Then a steepling catch by Fergus Nutt accounted for Gunni Asif, off Roy Hayden, and when Dion Sampson removed Adnan Riaz, Woodley were 82-3.
Reyhan Ul-Din then looked to anchor the hosts’ cause and, with Kashif Ali accelerating the rate, Woodley searched for a high score.
However, the introduction of Wynand Lamprecht’s off-spin induced a collapse, and with Dan Hayden picking up two late wickets, the home side were bowled out for 213.
Peppard crashed to 35-3 in reply but a stand of 92 between Lamprecht and Hayden steadied the ship before falling for 73 with the score 163-5, but Fooks and Ashton saw their side home with three overs to spare.
R Ul-Din, c R Hayden, b Lamprecht
A Ali, b Fooks
G Asif, c Nutt, b Hayden
A Riaz, c D Hayden, b Sampson
K Ali, run out
S Bashir, b Lamprecht
Z Raja, c Ashton, b Lamprecht
J Goddard, b Hayden
N Ashgar, c Hopper, b Lamprecht
A Razaq, c & b, Hayden
A Khaliq, not out
Best bowling: Lamprecht 4-26, Hayden Â 2-27.
PEPPARD STOKE ROW
W Lamprecht, c Bashir, b Ashgar
F Nutt, b Khaliq
P Hennessy, b Khaliq
S Boughton, b K Ali
D Hayden, c Razaq, b Goddard
S Fooks, not out
R Ashton, not out
Elsewhere, WOODCOTE clung on for a draw with the last two batsmen at the crease against CROWTHORNE & CROWN WOOD.
The visitors were put into bat and at 67-3 Woodcote had high hopes of chasing a reasonably low score.
Mark Pearson conceded only 18 runs in his 12-over opening spell. But a century partnership between Joe Davies and Will Avrili transformed the innings and Woodcote managed to remove only five of the Crowthorne batsmen.
The Woodcote innings got off to a good start with openers JP Brouard and Ryan Lennard putting on 90 and both reaching half-centuries. The batting after that was much less distinguished and they were forced to play out time for the losing draw.
CROWTHORNE & CROWN WOOD
A Cluett, run out
M Arshad, lbw b R V Heerden
N Outram, b R V Heerden
J Davies, c J Worsfold, b R Rafaqat
W Avrili, not out
C Allwright, b R Rafaqat
R Crook, not out
TOTAL (5 wkts)
R Lennard, c C Allwright, b M Arshad
JP Brouard, b M Arshad
S Gordon, b D Crinnion
J Mayo, b J Cluett
M Stroker, run out
J Worsfold, b M Arshad
R Van Heerden, b M Arshad
Z Ahmed, b J Cluett
M Pearson, b J Cluett
S Tucker, not out
R Rafaqat, not out
TOTAL (9 wkts)
In Division 1, GORING won the toss and put HAWLEY into bat. In their 30 overs they amassed 141 runs for the loss of five wickets, with Peter Slade the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2-42. In reply, Goring reached 97-9 with their captain, Oli Carrier, top-scoring with 27.
Elsewhere in the division, CHECKENDON’S clash with SANDHURST was called off.
In Division 2, EMMBROOK & BEARWOOD 2nds made the trip to PEPPARD STOKE ROW 2nds where they won the toss and elected to bat as they had only three players at the ground at the required start.
Allan May took wickets early on, including opposition captain, Sanjeev Jain, for a golden duck, who edged an away swinging ball that was caught one-handed at first slip by Richard Walker.
Some resistance was offered but the innings ended in the 35th over with a slip catch off the bowling of Ollie Nicholson, with Emmbrook finishing on 120. With tea not quite ready, Peppard went out to bat 10 overs before the break. Dominic Hall and Gerry Bacon scoring at seven runs per over.
A brief rain shower at tea delayed the restart by 20 minutes. Hall was eventually out for 39, bowled whilst trying to pull a short delivery off Thomas Wells before Peppard secured the win in the 17th over, finishing on 123-1, with Bacon on 58 not out.
In Division 4, captain Rob Dyer took 5-22 to inspire PEPPARD STOKE ROW 3rds to a 112-run victory in their top-of-the-table clash at SHINFIELD.
Don Townsin top-scored with 60 as Peppard were dismissed for 198. Dyer, aided by under-15 player Toby Head, who took 2-17, ripped through the hosts’ line-up. Taylor Vines chipped in with a wicket and a run-out from Mick Chard Sr helped skittle Shinfield for 86.