ABID UL-WAHAB took eight wickets as KIDMORE END ran out 139 run winners at home to
ABID UL-WAHAB took eight wickets as KIDMORE END ran out 139 run winners at home to CHESHAM 2nds in Division 2A on Saturday.
Chesham won the toss and decided to bowl. With the returning Jake Easton joining Oscar Fountain at the top of the Kidmore End innings, the pairing brought their own unique style to batting.
With Fountain hitting four successive boundaries from the eighth over, he began to grow in confidence having survived a testing opening spell from Alex Watson. With Easton content to deal exclusively in boundaries, both batsmen seemed destined to achieve large scores. With Fountain being the first batsman to be dismissed after David Hughes-Daeth took a diving catch to his right, this brought Jeff Sheldon to the wicket.
With Easton playing the reverse sweep three times, he decided that attack was his best method at this point before he was undone by Chris Royals with Alex Watson taking a regulation chance at extra-cover leaving the Kidmore on 174-2. Easton’s 89 runs came off 111 balls with this innings comprising 15 fours and a six.
At this point the run-rate fell as the middle-order fell away with little resistance. Only some late order aggression from James Frost in conjunction with Zac Leonard ensured that Kidmore reached a respectable score of 244-8 from their 52 overs.
At the start of the Chesham innings Brendan O’Donovan and Tom Free’s initial approach suggested that Free was content to play the aggressive role with O’Donovan content to anchor the innings from the top.
Free was the first batsman to be dismissed with the score on 47 when he was undone by Abid Ul-Wahab following a sustained period of pressure as both Ul-Wahab and Guy Ashby found their bowling rhythm. Chris Hedges then became the second Chesham wicket to fall in 10 runs. It was at this point that Abid Ul-Wahab proceeded to play the crucial role in the game as he proceeded to decimate the Chesham middle-order as they collapsed from 57-2 to 73-7. Showing the virtues of bowling straight and full, the Chesham batsmen had no answer as Ul-Wahab took the first seven wickets to fall and hopes were high of him taking all 10.
This was not to be as after a brief counter-attack from Anuraj Nair and Tom McKinlay, McKinlay spooned a regulation catch to Jake Eason at extra cover.
With Ashby taking a skier off his own bowling to remove the last man, Nair, this left Kidmore to celebrate a hard fought victory.
J Easton, c Watson, b Royals
O Fountain, c H-Daeth, b McKinlay
J Sheldon, c Royals, b Nair
G Ashby, b Nair
A Ul-Wahab, c Turner, b Nair
T Sheldon, lbw, b Royals
H Grant, c Hughes-Daeth, b Nair
Z Leonard, run out
J Frost, not out
J Berry, not out
TOTAL (8 wkts)
Best bowling: A Nair 4-68, C Royals 2-73.
B O’Donovan, b Ul-Wahab
T Free, b Ul-Wahab
C Hedges, lbw, b Ul-Wahab
D Hughes-Daeth, b Ul-Wahab
H White, b Ul-Wahab
E Turner, b Ul-Wahab
H Morris, b Ul-Wahab
A Nair, c & b Ashby
T McKinlay, c Easton, b Ashby
A Watson, b Ul-Wahab
C Royals, not out
Best bowling: A Ul-Wahab 8-52, G Ashby 2-46.
Division 2B league leaders HENLEY 2nds suffered their second defeat of the season as they went down to a 56 run loss at SLOUGH 2nds.
Simon Wheeler won the toss and chose to bowl for the visitors. This looked to have paid dividends when Zac Jones induced a false shot from Ahmed first ball, who nicked the cover off it through to Homewood behind the wicket. A thrown bat later and the dangerous Khan arrived at three but Wheeler’s probing line and length saw him driving loosely to the safe hands of Will Legg at backward point.
A rebuilding job was on the cards with Awais and Ilyas appearing to be up to the challenge against a new ball that was swinging less than Henley would have liked, before Wheeler produced an Yorker to remove Awais just as he was beginning to look set. Akhtar fell for 14, with Allaway taking a catch at slip off Brock, before Ilyas drove a Dunstan full toss to the leaping Brock at cover.
When Akhtar was bowled through the gate by Euan Brock, who ended with figures of 3-40, Slough were in trouble but obstinate tail end batting allowed the hosts to creep over 150, despite Rajiq being removed by Jacobsen and Syed running himself out. Wheeler returned with his slower ball extricating Sajid to leave Slough out for 157, with the Henley skipper finishing with 3-35.
With Goodson not batting due to a knee injury, Ellison opened up with Oldershaw against the old ball and, despite the latter being bowled for 10, Henley were steadily progressing to a position of relative strength, as Ellison and Allaway accumulated runs.
However, a swipe off Akhtar by Allaway started the collapse, before Ellison was stumped for 19 off Khan and Brock adjudged lbw for seven off Akhtar while attempting a sweep shot.
This brought Legg to the crease and his attempt at a slog sweep off Khan culminated in a simple catch to Akhtar.
Jacobsen and Homewood both fell cheaply while only Jones (39 not out) offered any real resistance thereafter, despite running his captain out. Slough eventually took the new ball, which promptly did for Dunstan, and Henley limped to 101 before Goodson became the final victim of the match, caught behind.
Elsewhere in the division WARGRAVE slipped closer to the relegation zone after going down to a 62 run defeat at ROYAL ASCOT.
The hosts, batting first, put on 252-6 with Neal Robinson taking 4-78 for the visitors. In reply Wargrave were bowled out for 190 with Daniel Pratt top scoring with 43.
Division 4B basement side HENLEY 3rds remain rooted to the foot of the table after going down to a six-wicket defeat against FARNHAM ROYAL at Nettlebed.
Batting first Henley were bowled out for 187 in an innings that saw Gill top scoring with 60. In reply Farnham Royal eased to 188-4 to secure victory.
WARGRAVE 2nds maintained their push for the Division 6B title as they eased to an eight-wicket home win against ROYAL ASCOT 3rds.
The visitors, batting first, were bowled out for 151 with Wargrave easing to 152-2 in reply with K Hanif top scoring with 62.
KIDMORE END 2nds drew their Division 7A clash at FINCHAMPSTEAD 4ths. The hosts, batting first put on 240-4 with Kidmore End ending their innings on 183-3.
Elsewhere in the division HENLEY 4ths slipped to the foot of the table after losing by eight wickets at THEALE AND TILEHURST 3rds.
Batting first the visitors were bowled out for 195 with Sean Taylor top scoring with 47. In reply the hosts eased to 196-2 to secure the comfortable win.
In Division 9A KIDMORE END 3rds suffered a 10-wicket defeat at home to WOKINGHAM 5ths.
Batting first the hosts were bowled out for just 96 runs with Wokingham easing to 97 without loss in reply in just 11.3 overs to secure victory.