Ul-Wahab’s huge knock not enough as hosts earn draw
KIDMORE END had the better of their draw at HAREFIELD 2nds in their Division 2A clash
KIDMORE END had the better of their draw at HAREFIELD 2nds in their Division 2A clash last Saturday.
Visiting skipper James Frost once again called correctly and elected to bat first. The early overs of the Kidmore End innings did not present any undue problems to Tom Burslem and Joe Waldron as both openers were content to play their shots knowing that there were no terrors in the pitch.
The opening partnership had realised 70 before Waldron was the first to go being adjudged lbw to Dale Morris.
With the dismissal of Burslem one run later courtesy of some good glove-work from Jack Fosberry, Kidmore End were then reduced to 71-4 as both Morris and Nikil Surendrakumar began to wrestle the initiative back for Harefield.
At this point a period of rebuilding was required and this came in the unlikely pairing of Abid Ul-Wahab and Hamish Grant. With both batsmen using contrasting techniques, by way of Ul-Wahab appearing to have a wish to use up all of the spare balls and with Grant content to rotate the strike back to Ul-Wahab, the counter-attack was in full effect.
With the Harefield bowlers seeming unable to stop the continuing onslaught, the Ul-Wahab and Grant partnership put on 115 in 21 overs before Grant was dismissed.
With Ul-Wahab now in full-attack, Kidmore End were confident of an early declaration in order to allow them extra overs in which to bowl Harefield out. After the dismissal of Oscar Fountain, Ul-Wahab brought up his century with two successive sixes and upon his dismissal with a well taken catch at long-on by Tom Constant, he had scored 144 of 107 balls with his innings containing 19 fours and six sixes. With James Frost left to supervise the tail, Kidmore End eventually totalled 291-8 off their allotted 52 overs.
With Kidmore opting to use the old ball in the hope of achieving early wickets the spin of Dhilesh Vasan gained the first breakthrough with Tom Burslem taking a good catch to remove Jack Fosberry.
With Harefield seeming content to not achieve anything other than batting out for the draw, Kidmore End made eight bowling changes in an attempt to prize wickets out on an increasingly docile pitch and with youngster James Rogers taking two wickets in two overs in the latter stages of the Harefield innings, Kidmore End maintained hopes of forcing a victory.
Ultimately, with Harefield skipper Jamie Knife spending 78 balls making eight, the draw was achieved.
T Burslem, c Fosberry, b Morris
J Waldron, lbw, b Morris
J Sheldon, c Tidey, b Surendrakumar
G Ashby, b Surendrakumar
A Ul-Wahab, c Constant, b Surendrakumar
H Grant, lbw, b Surendrakumar
O Fountain, c Crick, b Surendrakumar
J Frost, not out
J Fogers, run out
J Fountain, not out
TOTAL (8 wkts)
Best bowling: N Surendrakumar 5-79, D Morris 2-94.
H Lippiatt, c Fountain, b Vasan
J Fosberry, c Burslem, b Vasan
R Petley, b Frost
R Tidey, c Burslem, b Rogers
J Knife, not out
D Morris, c Grant, b Ashby
T Constant, b Rogers
N Surendrakumar, b Rogers
J Phillips, not out
TOTAL (7 wkts)
Best bowling: J Rogers 3-26, D Vasan 2-39.
HENLEY 2nds increased their lead at the top of Division 2B thanks to a 59 run victory at home to HURST.
The hosts batted first and were bowled out for 189 with Michael Williams top scoring with 42 and Chris Ellison chipping in with 41.
In reply Hurst found scoring runs hard to come by as wickets fell at regular intervals as they were bowled out for 130 with Cameron Jacobsen finishing with figures of 6-28 and Nigel Dunstan 4-45.
Elsewhere in the division WARGRAVE ran out five-wicket winners at home to CHISWICK AND WHITTON.
The visitors batted first and put on 234-9 with Huw Thomas returning with impressive bowling figures of 7-80.
In reply Wargrave reached 235-5 to win the match with Arslan Yaseen top scoring on 81 not out and Luke Taylor hitting 60.
HENLEY 3rds remain bottom of Division 4B after going down to a 265 run defeat at Nettlebed against NORTH MAIDENHEAD 2nds.
Batting first the visitors put on a mammoth 369-5 off just 45 overs in an innings that saw Butt finish on 201 not out. In reply Henley were bowled out in just 27 overs for 104.
Division 6B league leaders WARGRAVE 2nds maintained their unbeaten season with a seven wicket victory at BOYNE HILL 3rds.
Batting first the hosts put on 185-8 with Scott Morton taking 3-50 and John Rimmer 3-46. In reply Mandip Sohi scored 143 not out as Wargrave eased to 188-3 to win the match.
In Division 7A HENLEY 4ths drew away at EVERSLEY 3rds.
Batting first the visitors put on 214-5 with R Bradbury top scoring with 109 not out. In reply Eversley held out on 202-9 to earn a draw with Chris Johnson taking 5-43.
Elsewhere in the division KIDMORE END 2nds drew with BRACKNELL 2nds. Batting first Bracknell put on 264-4 while in reply Kidmore End finished on 127-8. In Division 9A KIDMORE END 3rds drew at NEWBURY 3rds. The hosts, batting first, put on 195-4 with the visitors ending their innings on 156-7 with Paul Lawson top scoring with 67.
Elsewhere in the division WARGRAVE 3rds suffered a nine-wicket defeat at home to FINCHAMPSTEAD 5ths Batting first the hosts were skittled out for 102 with Finchampstead reaching their target of 103-1 off just 18.4 overs in reply.