Hayden times chase to perfection to move side into pole position
PEPPARD STOKE ROW captain Dan Hayden produced another masterclass to carry his side top of the
PEPPARD STOKE ROW captain Dan Hayden produced another masterclass to carry his side top of the Premier Division following a six-wicket win at reigning champions SULHAMSTEAD.
The home side looked to have set a formidable target as opener Ryan Brown, Marc Thompson and Shiva Aruna (45 from just 18 balls) led their side to 250-4, with Dion Sampson the pick of the Peppard Stoke Row attack.
The visitors suffered an early setback when Wynand Lamprecht was forced to retire hurt, but Fergus Nutt continued his fine form with 43 until he edged Thompson behind.
Andy Watts extended his lead at the head of the all-time run charts with another half century, displaying a number of his trademark blows through the on side until he became Thompson’s second wicket.
Sam Boughton came and went quickly but that merely set the stage for Hayden to reel off another outstanding effort.
The returning Senthil Muniyasamy made a quick-fire 32, including one maximum struck over the A4, but it was Hayden who timed the run chase to perfection.
With the game in the balance he struck 24 off one Matt Gill over, eventually closing on 87 not out as he raised his seasonal average to a barely credible 126.25.
Peppard Stoke Row won the game with 15 balls to spare and remarkably moved top of the table on the basis they have lost fewer wickets (40) than second-placed West Reading (61) this season.
S Belcher, run out
R Brown, c & b Sampson
M Thompson, b Sampson
S Aruna, lbw, b D Hayden
A Briggs, not out
T Benham, not out
TOTAL (4 wkts)
Best bowling: D Sampson 2-61.
PEPPARD STOKE ROW
W Lamprecht, retired hurt
F Nutt, c Briggs, b Thompson
A Watts, c Gill, b Thompson
S Boughton, c Palmer, b Aruna
D Hayden, not out
S Muniyasamy, c Belcher, b Gill
A Hayden, not out
TOTAL (4 wkts)
WOODCOTE gave a creditable performance against high flying visitors WEST READING.
Having lost the toss and choosing to bat first, visiting skipper Adam Davidson and Zafar Ali shared a century partnership for the second wicket.
The Woodcote bowlers stuck to the task and with the help of some good catches restricted the later batsmen. Zaheer Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers with 3-54 while newcomer Sam Tucker impressed with 2-33.
The Woodcote innings got off to a good start with Ryan Lennard and the in-form JP Brouard putting on 62 for the first wicket. Brouard went on to pass his half-century as did Micky Molloy as the hosts finished their innings on 208-8 to claim a share of the spoils.
A Davidson, c Molloy, b Ahmed
K Kamal, lbw, b Van Heerden
Z Ali, c Knox, b Tucker
T Ahmed, c Molloy, b Ahmed
Q Abbas, c Wheeler, b Tucker
H Ul-Wahab, run out
S Tariq, not out
K Ashraf, c Tucker, b Ahmed
R Khan, not out
TOTAL (7 wkts)
R Lennard, lbw, b Khan
JP Brouard, b Davidson
P Knox, c Ashraf, b Ul-Wahab
M Molloy, b Tariq
J Wheeler, c Kamal, b Tariq
Van Heerden, b Tariq
J Worsfold, c Ul-Wahab, Tariq
S Tucker, not out
Z Ahmed, b Tariq
R Rafaqat, not out
TOTAL (8 wkts)
In reply Bradfield were bowled out for 134 with Stephen Wincott returning best figures of 4-10.
A high-scoring Division 1 match at Reading University between WEST READING 2nds and CHECKENDON ended in a tie.
The visitors hit 279-8 in their 45 overs thanks to a century from opener Ujwal Tickoo and 86 from Aidan Keeble on a pitch with good pace and bounce.
In reply West Reading 2nds were indebted to a Â captain’s innings of 96 runs from Usman Ali and 86 Â from opening batsman A Raja.
Checkendon skipper Vikas Chib took three crucial wickets but it was man-of-the-match Keeble with three wickets and two catches who stood out as Checkendon held their collective nerve in a game they could well have lost.
M Singh, lbw, b Asif
U Tickoo, c —, b Iqbal
M Heslop, b Asif
V Chib, c —, b Iqbal
C Rudling, c —, b Mahmood
A Keeble, b Raja
S Kumar, lbw, b Raja
R Vedanthappa, not out
S Hegde, run out
H Wickens, not out
TOTAL (8 wkts)
WEST READING 2nds
Raja, b Chib
Afzaal, b Keeble
O Mahmood, c Heslop, b Breakspear
Ali, b Chib
Ameen, c & b Keeble
Ahmed, c Keeble, b Chib
Iqbal, b Keeble
U Mahmood, not out
Asif, not out
TOTAL (8 wkts)
Best bowling: Keeble 3-56, Chib 3-65.
Elsewhere in the division GORING defeated BRADFIELD by 146 runs.
Winning the toss and choosing to bat, Goring put Bradfield to the sword with Jonny Russell (73) and Alex McGee (48) amassing a 121 run partnership to take Goring to 150-1 at drinks.
The loss of Russell first ball after drinks did not stem the tide as Chris Walsh (70) came to the crease and played a majestic innings as Goring amassed an imposing 280-5 declared.
In reply Bradfield were never in a position to chase the total, but a fifth wicket partnership between Daniel Filmer (30) and Mark Bolton (30) threatened to put their team on track for a draw but Matt Norman broke the deadlock as he claimed his first ever league wicket for Goring.
In the field Goring played well, holding all their catches and wrapped up the tail efficiently with Stephen Wincott finishing with figures of 4-10 as Goring secured a maximum 39 point victory.
PEPPARD STOKE ROW 2nds leapfrogged SHINFIELD into second place in Division 2 following a four-wicket home win.
Fine work in the field by Sam Fooks accounted for Hemant Mathur cheaply after the visitors chose to bat, but Ankush Gandhi in particular rode his luck against the seamers to put his side in a good position.
U15 Alfie Burnett bowled a tidy six-over spell as first change, continuing his encouraging recent progress.
However, it was the introduction of spin in the form of the more experienced Olly Nicholson and Ian Jackson which hastened a collapse from 88-2 to 175 by Shinfield, a total well under-par on another good track at Peppard Common.
Peppard Stoke Row wobbled early on as Atiq Javed removed openers Dominic Hall and Gerry Bacon to leave the home side 20-2, but with Richard Walker defiant and Richard Ashton counter-attacking to useful effect, Peppard Stoke Row began to gain a measure of control.
A 57-run stand was ended when Walker was superbly caught at backward point off the bowling of Richard Madgwick, a bowler who took the new ball for Wokingham last season.
Ashton made 58 off 44 balls until playing a typically irresponsible shot which was caught at mid wicket, but new vice captain Simon Gozzard kept the momentum going with an excellent 42.
Nicholson completed a good all-round display with a mature 22, and the last rites were dished out by Fooks and U15 Dan Bacon â€“ who had earlier put in a masterclass behind the stumps â€“ the latter striking a straight four to seal the deal and send his side into the promotion places.