New takes advantage of quick outfield to record century innings
KIDMORE END endured a Division 2A defeat on Saturday in a game that was dominated
KIDMORE END endured a Division 2A defeat on Saturday in a game that was dominated by two NORTH MAIDENHEAD players — Sahaan John and Saeed Bukhari.
With the wicket at Maidenhead being conducive to spin, James Frost elected to bat first. With Joe Waldron being joined by Oscar Fountain at the top of the order, Kidmore End were confident of setting a challenging total for North Maidenhead.
Both batsmen were starting to become confident on the difficult surface before the introduction of John in the 10th over when the game turned in the favour of the North Maidenhead bowling attack.
Fountain was the first batsman to be dismissed when he mis-judged the length and proceeded to loft the ball to Omar Khan at deep cover. The innings became worse as with the next ball, Waldron hit a short ball to Adrian Mumtaz at backward square leg to leave John with two wickets in just his second over.
Jeff Sheldon brought a period of stability to the innings as he attempted to negate the threat that John was presenting to the batsmen. With Sheldon content to mix watchful defence along with putting John on to the neighbouring pitch for the first six of the day, he seemed up for the challenge. With Guy Ashby happy to utilise the same game plan, the confidence level of both batsmen began to increase.
The third wicket had put on 44 before Ashby was undone by John as he managed to toe end a ball to Majid Ashraf and with Sheldon being undone by a well-disguised John 12 runs later, Kidmore End stood at 101-4 with half of the overs remaining.
With John removing the middle-order of the Kidmore in his next four overs, the innings was in a precarious position at 121-7 when captain Frost joined Luke Sinclair at the crease.
With both batsmen being keenly aware of the need to score runs off the bowling, they were initially content to take the runs that were on offer as well as hitting the boundary when the bad balls were delivered.
Sinclair was unfortunate in his dismissal as Shafiq Khan did not initially pick up the flight of the ball, but recovered quickly to take the catch at deep mid-wicket.
With Frost being the last batsman dismissed off the third ball of the last over, Kidmore End felt confident that they had posted a competitive score on what was still a difficult wicket on which to bat.
With the first over of the North Maidenhead innings being a maiden, the Kidmore End bowlers started in good spirits. However, Bukhari decided he was not going to allow any of the bowlers to dictate terms, 44 of his first 52 runs came in boundaries as he launched a prolonged assault on the Kidmore End bowling. With the Kidmore End bowlers being rotated frequently, this made no difference to Bukhari as in bringing up his century, 76 of his 103 runs went to the boundary.
Bukhari was that dominant that his opening partner, Shafiq Khan only scored 32 of the first wicket partnership of 141 and even with Kidmore End picking up two late further wickets, Bukhari finished the game with his 16th four and in combination with his six sixes, ensured that he ended the game unbeaten on 134.
J Waldron, c Mumtaz, b John
O Fountain, c Khan, b John
J Sheldon, lbw, b John
Ashby, c Ashraf, b John
Ul-Wahab, c Saleem, b John
I Khan, lbw, b John
O Johnston, st Asghar, b John
L Sinclair, c Khan, b John
J Frost, c Khan, b John
W Chapman, c Saleem, b Ashraf
J Rogers, not out
Best bowling: S John 9-66.
S Khan, b Frost
S Bukhari, not out
A Quyum, b Ul-Wahab
M Ashraf, b Ul-Wahab
S Asghar, not out
TOTAL (3 wkts)
Best bowling: A Ul-Wahab 2-29.
Division 2B league leaders HENLEY 2nds ran out six-wicket winners at home to THATCHAM TOWN.
Batting first the visitors were bowled out for 202 with both Cameron Jacobsen and Zac Jones taking three wickets each.
In reply David Allaway finished on 93 not out and Will Legg 52 not out as Henley eased to 204-4 to secure victory.
Elsewhere in the division WARGRAVE drew at home to SLOUGH 2nds.
Imran Malik hit 11 while Neal Robinson scored 70 as Wargrave posted 241-6 off their allotted overs. In reply Slough finished their overs on 213-8.
HENLEY 3rds secured their second Division 4B victory of the season as they ran out two-wicket winners at STOKE GREEN.
Batting first the hosts were bowled out for 205 with Rob Kenwnorthy returning best bowling figures of 4-50 for Henley. In reply Henley reached their target of 206-8 to win the match off 55.4 overs with Hug Laing top scoring on 66 not out and Alex Gill chipping in with 52.
WARGRAVE 2nds remain top of Division 6B despite losing their first match of the season at PURLEY 2nds.
The visitors, batting first, put on 239-6 with John Rimmer top scoring with 72. In reply Purley eased to 242-4 to win the match by six wickets.
KIDMORE END 2nds comfortably beat NORTH MAIDENHEAD 3rds by 133 runs in Division 7A at Gallowstree Common.
Kidmore lost the toss and were put into bat as openers Chris Pigden and Mark New settled in well. The outfield was fast and with the North Maidenhead bowlers tiring in the warm conditions New got into his stride. The pair had put on 99 for the first wicket when Pigden was out for 38.
Cameron Livingstone-Smith then entered the fray and had made 9 before he was adjudged lbw leaving Kidmore on 117-2. Will Patey then joined New and the pair added 118 for the third wicket and in the process New completed his century which put Kidmore firmly in control of the game. New was eventually out for 128 attempting to hit another boundary in the 44th over leaving Patey to complete another half century. Kidmore finished their innings on 253-4 from their allotted overs.
The North Maidenhead reply got off to a bad start as they suffered a run out in the first over and then lost two more quick wickets to Azhar Udeen and Andrew Thomsen leaving the visitors reeling on 8-3. There then followed a 40 run partnership but on the stroke of drinks Ben Berryman got the breakthrough as Greg Clark took a good low catch at slip.
Kidmore then applied pressure to which North Maidenhead could not respond. As Ben Berryman and Azhar Udeen ripped through the North Maidenhead middle and lower order they were dismissed for 120 in 29 overs.
KIDMORE END 2nds
C Pigden, c Razaq, b Ahmed
M New, c Rehman, b Mohammed
C Livingstone-Smith, lbw, b Rasool
W Patey, not out
G Clark, c Z Razaq, b Rasib
J Webster, not out
TOTAL (4 wkts)
NORTH MAIDENHEAD 3rds
Z Razaq, c Grant, b Udeen
Q Rasool, run out
K Rasib, c L-Smith, b Udden
S Mahmood, b Udden
D Mumtaz, c Patey, b Berryman
J Mohammed, c L-Smith, b Berryman
H Ahmed, c Patey, b Udeen
A Rehman, c & b Udeen
S Haider, c Grant, b Udeen
A Raisb, c Patey, b Webster
A Baig, not out
Best bowling: A Udeen 5-32, B Berryman 2-17.
Elsewhere in the division HENLEY 4ths went down to a 135 run defeat against FINCHAMPSTEAD 4ths at Nettlebed.
The visitors, batting first, were bowled out for 225. Henley found scoring runs hard to come by in reply as they were dismissed for 90.
In Division 9A WARGRAVE 3rds suffered a seven wicket defeat at BOYNE HILL 4ths. Batting first the visitors were skittled out for 84 runs. In reply Boyne Hill eased to 88-3 to win the match.
Elsewhere in the division KIDMORE END 3rds beat MAIDENHEAD AND BRAY 4ths by seven runs in a low scoring clash.
Batting first Kidmore End were bowled out for 88 runs. In reply Maidenhead and Bray were dismissed for 81 in 18.1 overs.