Thursday, 17 June 2021

Jones’s six-wicket haul helps table toppers secure derby day honours

KIDMORE END picked up a comprehensive eight-wicket Division 2A victory on Saturday at MAIDENHEAD AND BRAY in a

KIDMORE END picked up a comprehensive eight-wicket Division 2A victory on Saturday at MAIDENHEAD AND BRAY in a game they dominated from start to finish.

The hosts, having won the toss, elected to bat first in the hope of posting a competitive total. James Frost made the first breakthrough of the day in the third over to remove his opposite number Brett Van Niekerk.

With both Frost and James Rogers combing accuracy and pace, run-scoring was to prove a challenge in the early overs of the Maidenhead and Bray innings. Rogers took the second wicket of the day as Alex Hess when he presented a straight forward catch at mid-wicket having played too early.

With the introduction of Guy Ashby to the attack at the start of the 16th over, this was to prove successful as he ended the vigilance of Simon Ball with his second ball and in his next over dismissed James Tattersall with Joe Waldron showing agility in taking the catch at first slip.

With the wicket becoming more conducive to the left-arm spin of Ashby, which made run scoring increasingly difficult, the Maidenhead and Bray batsmen decided that occupation of the crease was the best option, with the run-rate hovering around two for the entirety of the innings.

With the hosts seemingly intent on survival, this allowed the Kidmore End seam bowlers to dictate terms as both Abid Ul-Wahab and Frost proved ideal foils for Ashby with the batsmen being unable to establish any significant partnerships in the middle overs.

The only batsman that showed any determination for the fight was Kieron Grey but he was the ninth batsman when James Frost took a diving catch, the end of the innings was not to long in coming as Jeff Sheldon ended up with three wickets for one run.

With only 99 to defend, Maidenhead and Bray knew that early wickets would be crucial if they were to entertain any hopes of an unlikely victory. However, with Tom Burslem hitting the first ball to the boundary, this established the tone for the innings as the Kidmore End openers dealt with any loose deliveries severely.

With Burslem happy to rotate the strike, Joe Waldron carried on his run of recent good form and he combined watchful defence with brutal hitting. Waldron brought his 50 up by hitting Tom Noakes for 16 in the 20th over as Kidmore End closed in on victory.

With the dismissal of Waldron, this brought Guy Ashby to the crease and he finished the game by hitting a boundary through backward square leg.

Division 2A league leaders HENLEY 2nds ran out 118-run winners in their derby clash at WARGRAVE.

On a true pitch the visitors won the toss and elected to bat. Progress was curtailed as Goodson and Oldershaw were dismissed cheaply by Clark and Rimmer respectively, bringing the youthful underbelly of Henley to the crease.

With a combined age of 34, Jack Davies (66) and Will Legg (33) accumulated steadily while punishing any wayward bowling, before the latter decided to offer some slip catching practice off the bowling of the Wargrave skipper Robinson (4-99).

After Michael Williams had been run out, Chris Ellison added his experience to act as foil for Davies, who, after having looked so composed at the crease, finally offered a chance to point, again off Robinson.

Jacobsen added 17, but when he, Ellison (33) and Zac Jones had come and gone in the space of two overs, Homewood and Wheeler came together with the score at 176-8, forging a gung-ho partnership against some curiously defensive fields. By the time Henley’s allocation of 52 overs had been bowled, they had ended up on 238-8, with Homewood ending up on 40 not out and Wheeler on 21 not out.

Wargrave’s reply was steady with Malik and Taylor patiently adding 64 to the total before Malik was removed by Zac Jones, who then accounted for Hanif a couple of overs later, both caught at the wicket. Jacobsen (4-40) was plying his trade at the other end and, once the obstinate opening partnership had been broken, the two combined to tear through the remaining Wargrave.

Of the remaining batsmen, only Pratt (15), who was unfortunate to be given out caught behind down the leg side, made double figures as Jacobsen acted as rapier to Jones’s bludgeon, with Jones bowling a hostile spell from around the wicket, tailing the ball back into the right handers, to account for Wargrave’s middle and lower order.

With three overs left in the day, the final wicket was taken, with Wargrave bowled out for 120.

In Division 4B basement side HENLEY 3rds went down to an eight-wicket defeat against FLEET at Nettlebed.

Batting first the hosts were bowled out for 180 with Gill top scoring with 42. In reply Fleet reached their target of 181-2 to win the match.

Division 6B league leaders WARGRAVE 2nds ran out narrow winners at THEALE AND TILEHURST 2nds.

Batting first the hosts were skittled out for 146 with Razwan Hanif returning figures of 4-45. In reply Wargrave reached 149-9 to win the match by one wicket.

HENLEY 4ths remain in the Division 7A relegation zone after losing out by 134 runs at NORTH MAIDENHEAD 3rds. Batting first the hosts were all out for 193. In reply Henley were skittled out for just 59 runs.

In Division 9A KIDMORE END 3rds lost out by 150 runs at FINCHAMPSTEAD 5ths.

The hosts, batting first, put on 236-4 with Kidmore End being bowled out for 86 in reply.

Elsewhere in the division WARGRAVE 3rds beat WOKINGHAM 5ths by 10 runs. Wargrave, batting first, were bowled out for 182 with Michael Hattey top scoring with 46. In reply Wokingham were bowled out for 172 with Andrew Hattey taking 5-25.

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