Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Hopper’s five-wicket haul helps side retain top spot

MATT Hopper and Chris Humphreys starred with the ball as Premier Division leaders PEPPARD STOKE ROW won by

MATT Hopper and Chris Humphreys starred with the ball as Premier Division leaders PEPPARD STOKE ROW won by seven wickets at CROWTHORNE AND CROWN WOOD last Saturday.

With the exception of Australian Joe Davies (39), Hopper blew away the hosts’ top order, the South African returning figures of 5-39 in a 12-over spell.

Opening partner David Williams often proved too good for his opponents without reward, claiming 1-26 before left-arm spinner Humphreys entered the fray.

The teenager continued his fine form — which has resulted in him taking 15-64 for Peppard Stoke Row this season — by claiming 4-8 as Crowthorne were dismissed for 83.

Peppard Stoke Row lost Michael Chard early in their reply – the first time he has been dismissed in the league this season – but Fergus Nutt and Andy Watts steadied the ship.



Nutt was caught and bowled by Rob Crook before Sam Boughton nicked Jeff Cluett to slip, but Watts and Ashley Hayden ensured the table-toppers recorded a comfortable win.

WOODCOTE won their first match for six weeks as they comfortably defeated bottom-of-the-table side EMMBROOK AND BEARWOOD.

Winning the toss and batting first, the home side lost two quick wickets, but a good stand between the in-form Micky Molloy and Jez Mayo, worth 85 runs, steadied the ship and with useful runs from James Worsfold and Stefan Gordon the total reached 188-6. The innings then collapsed to 190 all out in 42 overs.

Emmbrook youngsters bowled well overall with Charlie Sawyer taking 4-38 in his seven overs while there was some good fielding and catching.

When they batted, Emmbrook struggled against Woodcote’s experienced attack. Starting with the old ball, slow bowlers Zaheer Ahmed (3-40 in 12 overs) and Will Macdonald (1-26 in 12 overs) always had the upper hand and once again JP Brouard came on to deal with the tail end, taking 3-10 in just over three overs.

Emmbrook’s misery was compounded by their star batsman Archie Carter running himself out. In the end Woodcote were clear winners by 82 runs.

CHECKENDON’S inconsistent Division 1 season continued with a home defeat at the hands of BRADFIELD.

Ash Talreja held the Checkendon innings together with an undefeated 84 and shared a 70-run seventh wicket partnership with Ravi Vedanthappa.

Medium pacer B Bolton took 4-20 as the home side were dismissed for 193 with two overs unused.

The Bradfield batsmen managed to maintain a good pace in their reply, helped by numerous lapses in concentration from the Checkendon players.

W Banks top scored with 40 for the visitors as they reached their target with three wickets in hand and four overs to spare despite three late wickets for left arm spinner Harry Wickens.

Elsewhere in the division GORING secured a winning draw and a vital 29 points against STRATFIELD TURGIS/HARTLEY WESPALL.

Winning the toss and choosing to bat in searing conditions, Goring set about their task in a determined fashion. The highlight of the innings was a 151 run second wicket partnership between Andy Benning and Matthew Armitage. Late cameos from Nikhil Kulkarni, Matt Norman and George Taylor saw Goring set an imposing target of 284.

Goring claimed a crucial early victim as Peter Slade trapped the Berkshire League’s top scorer, Steve Clarke, lbw to get the innings off to a good start. Trevor Clacey and Daniel Spence looked to have steadied the ship and guided the visitors towards a draw.

A late flurry of wickets saw Goring have three overs remaining to claim the final wicket and victory. However, a valiant rearguard from Neil Girle and Craig Strudley saw Stratfield Turgis hang on for the draw, finishing on 192-9.

Best bowling: P Slade 3-21, N Kulkarni 2-4.

Paddy Hennessy scored his maiden league century as PEPPARD STOKE ROW 2nds thrashed CROWTHORNE AND CROWN WOOD 2nds by 192 runs in Division 2.

Hosts Peppard Stoke Row lost an early wicket before Dom Hall and Hennessyadded 83 before the former was trapped lbw to leave the hosts 89-2. Hennessy was in regal form and aided by Gerry Bacon’s 49, Peppard Stoke Row moved into a position of dominance.

Bacon was dismissed a run shy of a deserved half century but it was Hennessy who stole the plaudits, his century celebrated by kissing the Peppard Stoke Row badge on his shirt. Further runs were added by captain Simon Gozzard who hit 30 from 15 balls, and with Hennessy concluding on 127 not out, Peppard Stoke Row ended on 276-4.

Any hopes of a Crowthorne and Crown Wood run chase were torpedoed by the old ball as left-arm spinner Olly Nicholson, Ian Jackson and Harry Jordan twirled their way through the top order to leave the visitors languishing on 59-9. A last wicket stand took Crowthorne and Crown Wood to 84, but Roy Hayden claimed his 923rd league wicket when Nirav Uphadhay was superbly caught at mid off by Sam Fooks to seal a convincing Peppard Stoke Row success.

U15 Will Atkinson enjoyed a dream debut as Division 4 table-toppers PEPPARD STOKE ROW 3rds crushed HAWLEY 2nds by nine wickets.

The teenager returned figures of 4-11, and with fellow colt Danny May taking 2-17, the home side were skittled out for just 84.

Charlie Laing (31 not out), Carl Hvass and U15 Marcus Laign rushed Peppard Stoke Row to victory in just 9.4 overs.



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