KIDMORE END enjoyed a less than convincing victory on Sunday against a SONNING COMMON VILLAGE side
KIDMORE END enjoyed a less than convincing victory on Sunday against a SONNING COMMON VILLAGE side that were good value for running the hosts close.
With Sonning Common skipper Chris Pitson calling incorrectly, Hamish Grant wasted no time in deciding to bat first on a batsmen-friendly wicket at Gallowstree Common.
Kidmore End’s opener Zac Leonard was happy to occupy the crease whereas Abid Ul-Wahab was intent on peppering the boundary until he chanced his arm once too often and was cuaght Markland Tidswell of the bowling of Chris Gallimore for 61.
With Leonard now being joined by Oscar Fountain, the running between the wickets was improved as with the field now being set deep, they took the singles on offer as well as hitting the ball to the boundary on numerous occasions.
With Fountain being dismissed for his maiden senior half-century off the bowling of Nick Pitson this brought the returning Gregor Hearn to the crease who in partnership with Leonard put on 52 for the third wicket in four overs as the Sonning Common bowling started to show the effects of the hot conditions. With Leonard and Todd Butler falling in quick succession, the Kidmore End innings concluded on 261-4 off their allotted 35 overs.
With a massive total to chase, the Sonning Common openers, Vince Sheehan and Luke Gallimore, decided to attack from the outset and were only held in check by a good opening spell from Azhar Udeen as the opening 10 overs of the Sonning Common innings saw the run-rate hold steady at five.
With Sheehan happy to rotate the strike to allow Gallimore to play his full range of shots, the Kidmore End bowling and fielding became slightly ragged which was due to pressure being placed upon the bowlers.
Sheehan was the first wicket to fall as Oscar Fountain took an excellent catches at deep-square leg whilst managing to not fall over the boundary and with 11 overs to go at this point, the game was evenly poised. With Gallimore bringing up his century with his 19th four, his wicket was going to be crucial as Sonning Common still pushed on towards the target.
With the introduction of Abid Ul-Wahab into the Kidmore End bowling attack, the game swung decisively in the direction of the hosts as with his third ball he had Gallimore caught at mid-off for 119 with his innings comprising 23 fours and a six. With Ul-Wahab then removing Luke Pitson with the next ball, Ul-Wahab was on a hat-trick for the second time in two days, but he was not successful as Mike Cann played the hat-trick with ease.
With 77 needed off the last five overs, Mike Cann decided that he would attack the bowling with abandon in the hope of what now seemed an unlikely victory and inspite of his counter-attack, Kidmore End were to prove victorious.