Molloy top scores as Woodcote knock local rivals off top spot
WOODCOTE moved up to third place in the Premier Division after defeating title-chasing PEPPARD STOKE ROW
WOODCOTE moved up to third place in the Premier Division after defeating title-chasing PEPPARD STOKE ROW on Saturday.
Host captain Ryan Van Heerden won the toss and chose to bat, which proved a good decision as Will Macdonald and JP Brouard put on 80 for the first wicket, before Micky Molloy hit a half century.
The home side passed the 200 mark with the loss of only five wickets. Ashley Hayden was the pick of the Peppard Stoke Row bowlers with 3-44 while Chris Humphreys bowled tidily, taking 2-37 in 12 overs.
Woodcote were soon among the wickets when the visitors batted. Debutant Graham Furber had Fergus Nutt stumped by Molloy and then clean bowled record league run-scorer Andy Watts.
Peppard Stoke Row never recovered from their bad start and, although Dan Hayden came close to a half-century, a fine spell with the new ball by Paul Knox ripped the heart out of the middle order.
Knox further distinguished himself with two run-outs as Peppard were bowled out, and knocked off top spot in the league, in less than 42 overs to lose by 20 runs.
JP Brouard, c D Hayden, b Humphreys
W Macdonald, c D Hayden,b Humphreys
M Molloy, c —, b A Hayden
P Knox, b A Hayden
M Stroker, c Nutt, b A Hayden
S Gordon, not out
G Furber, not out
TOTAL (5 wkts)
PEPPARD STOKE ROW
F Nutt, st Molloy, b Furber
C Lamprecht, run out
A Watts, b Furber
P Hennessy, lbw, b Knox
A Hayden, c Ahmed, b Knox
S Muniyasamy, c Van Heerden, b Knox
D Hayden, c Molloy, b Van Heerden
M Chard jnr, not out
D Williams, c Ahmed, b Knox
A Clifton, run out
C Humphreys, lbw, b Ahmed
GORING clinched a maximum points victory against IBIS MAPLEDURHAM in Division 1, winning by 68 runs as they bowled out the hosts with one over to spare.
The hosts inserted Goring, who went about setting a solid foundation, in particular Palash Banerjee who scored 40. As the innings entered the last 15 overs, the visitors swung in to top gear with Andy Steele and Matthew Armitage being particularly devastating as the last 10 overs went for 101, Goring closing the innings on 243-4.
In reply it looked like Ibis Mapledurham were in the hunt as a 50 from Chris Webber put them on track for victory with just over seven an over required with 15 overs to go and seven wickets in hand.
However, good bowling from Peter Slade and Chris Winterbottom saw the middle and lower order wiped out as Goring clinched victory as they bowled out the hosts for 175.
A Benning, lbw, b Webber
P Banerjee, b Masters
O Carrier, b Pilkington
A Steele, lbw, b Masters
M Armitage, not out
C Winterbottom, not out
TOTAL (4 wkts)
T Osborne, c Benning, b Slade
M Jones, lbw, b Slade
C Webber, c Winterbottom, b Slade
D Drury, b Winterbottom
R Pilkington, c & b Carrier
C Cudjoe, lbw, b Winterbottom
M Thomas, lbw, b Slade
E Masters, b Winterbottom
S Brackley, b Winterbottom
J Beverley, c Steele, b Kulkarni
A Patra, not out
Best bowling: P Slade 4-25, C Winterbottom 4-35.
Elsewhere in the division Ujwal Tickoo continued his fine run of batting form for CHECKENDON with a century at STRATFIELD TURGIS which included seven sixes, sharing an opening partnership of 179 with Manpreet Singh in 23 overs.
The visitors finished on 266 but were unable to prise out the home side who lost only five wickets for 180 in their reply.
U Tickoo, c Alex, b Alias
M Singh, c Spence, b Clarke
A Talreja, b Alias
S Arrowsmith, c & b Alias
V Chib, c Sandland, b Alias
S Deshmane, c Clarke, b Thomas
R Vedanthappa, b Clarke
L Gray, b Thomas
S Khaitan, not out
R Garg, not out
TOTAL (8 wkts)
T Shepley, lbw, b Talreja
S Clarke, c Garg, b Talreja
T Clacey, c Chib, b Singh
D Thomas, c Khaitan, b Singh
M Walton, not out
R Alex, run out
M Sandland, not out
TOTAL (5 wkts)
PEPPARD STOKE ROW 2nds had to be content with a Division 2 winning draw at SANDHURST 2nds.
In electing to field having won the toss, the hosts restricted the visitors to 74-1 at drinks after 22 overs.
Batting initially in overcast and humid conditions, Peppard Stoke Row found conditions early on difficult, with Sandhurst opening bowlers Russell Stone and Naz Rajlawat restricting scoring opportunities for openers Dom Hall and Jake Leach. Hall was out in the third over being adjudged lbw for 4.
Richard Walker joined Leach and started rebuilding the innings. The slow outfield meant lots of running for Walker and Leach which eventually resulted in Leach suffering a right hamstring injury after 21 overs. With the drinks break not providing the required relief; Leach struck a lusty blow for four, followed by a quick hobbling two to reach his landmark first 50 runs in league cricket before retiring hurt.
Leaving the pitch with the score on 81-1, Leach was replaced by James Hern. As he walked to the middle, the overcast conditions dispersed, raising the temperature markedly. The change in conditions coincided with a change in fortune for Hern and Walker, whose differing styles complemented each other, wearing out the fielding side who wilted in the heat.
Whilst Walker continued to cut, nurdle and guide the ball through the slip cordon, Hern took the attack to the bowlers, hitting regularly over the tight fielding cordon to the boundary.
Walker and Hern finished on 90 and 77 respectively having put together a partnership of 160. The target for Sandhurst was 242.
The Peppard Stoke Row bowlers opened with the new ball. Chris Pharo and Andrew Tutty opened for Sandhurst and started well, keeping a watchful eye for the bad ball from Roy Hayden or Chris Proudfoot which they dispatched to the boundary. Pharo offered a few half chances, flashing the ball through the slips and edging one just short of Proudfoot at leg gully who lost the ball in the glare of the sun.
Hayden broke through, trapping Pharo lbw for 14, before he and Ian Jackson slowed the run-rate down significantly, aided, in part, by the return of the slow outfield. Olly Nicholson replaced Hayden and continued to keep things tight, with Tutty and new batsman Parv Panesar beginning to look unmovable. At drinks Sandhurst were 73-1.
Panesar then struck a six off spinner Harry Jordan over long-on but fell soon after, top edging the same bowler to the grateful hands of Walker at slip.
With 12 overs to go and having only taken two wickets, the game seemed destined to drift to a draw. After Hayden completed his second spell, ending with 1-24 off 10 overs, he was replaced again by Nicholson, who, in partnership with Jordan brought the game back to life.
Finding more flight and spin, Nicholson bowled Kevin Speakman for 10. Having reached his 50, Tutty followed Speakman back to the pavilion in the next over. Attempting to emulate Panesar’s earlier maximum off Jordan, the ball was plucked out of the sky on the boundary by Hern. The next ball, Andrew Birch provided a near perfect action replay, managing to pick out Hern on the boundary to give Jordan his third victim.
Rattled by the quick loss of wickets, Nicholson struck again twice, again deceiving batsmen with the flight and dip of the ball, bowling both for a duck.
Seven wickets down and with five overs to go, Naz Rajlawat and Mark Clapham brought calm heads to proceedings and saw off the rest of the innings to secure a draw.
PEPPARD STOKE ROW 2nds
D Hall, lbw, b Stone
J Leach, retired hurt
R Walker, not out
J Hern, not out
TOTAL (1 wkt)
C Pharo, lbw, b Hayden
A Tutty, c Hern, b Jordan
P Panesar, c Walker, b Jordan
K Speakman, b Nicholson
A Birch, c Hern, b Jordan
N Rajlawat, not out
D Chesterman, b Nicholson
A Willis, b Nicholson
M Clapham, not out
TOTAL (7 wkts)
Division 4 leaders PEPPARD STOKE ROW 3rds dominated their top-of-the-table clash with BRADFIELD 2nds before eventually having to settle for a winning draw.
U15 opener Dan Bacon was in good form as he made 82, while there were also useful contributions throughout the middle and lower order from the likes of Mike Hennessy, Matt Ravden, Mark Lambert, George Lee, Alfie Burnett and Dion Sampson as Peppard Stoke Row were bowled out for 213.
The hosts took the old ball in Bradfield’s reply, and the fine spin of Taylor Vines and Sampson earned them a wicket apiece as the second-placed side lurched to 32-2 after 14 overs.
Captain Rob Dyer accounted for opener Richard Atkinson, and when Matt Ravden claimed a couple of quick wickets, Bradfield had slumped to 71-5.
There was never any real impetus from the chasing side to try and achieve the runs, meaning Peppard Stoke Row were left to try and take 10 wickets on another good batting surface at Peppard Common.
Sampson produced a good second spell to conclude with figures of 4-14 off 10 overs, but Bradfield survived as they closed on 140-8.