Harpsden skippers wrap up title and promotion on same weekend
HARPSDEN captain Christian Whittaker hit a six to earn his side promotion from Division 2 at
HARPSDEN captain Christian Whittaker hit a six to earn his side promotion from Division 2 at home to GREAT KINGSHILL on Saturday.
The victory ensured the villagers maintained their unbeaten record this season and earned them a place in the top flight of the league next season after gaining back-to-back promotions.
Whittaker won the toss and put a youthful Kingshill side into bat first. A strong early start from Mitchell and Hallett put the visitors in a good position after six overs scoring freely around the park.
Ed Birkett bowled in dangerous areas and eventually was credited for his hard work, picking the wicket up of Hallett for 13. With a quick outfield, Kingshill put Harpsden under pressure and a solid partnership from Mitchell and Mikuremda meant that there was the potential for a large score to be set. Jack Brown had other thoughts as he picked up 5-62 restricting Kinghill to 178 all out. Wright and Toby Stevens complemented Brown, also chipping in with a couple of wickets.
Horatio Cary and Ben Hancock got Harpsden off to a flyer scoring 48 off the first four overs, smashing the ball all around the ground, clearing the rope on several occasions.
Kingshill took the first wicket, Cary with the score on 114 giving them a a glimmer of hope. The visitors then picked up two quick wickets of Hancock and Imlay which put pressure on the skipper and Ward to finish off. Whittaker came to the crease and took 16 off his first four balls and continued to send it around the park, hitting the ball for six to win the game.
N Mitchell, c Ward, b Wright
A Hallett, c Wright, b Birkett
A Prothero, lbw, b Stevens
J Mikuremda, b Brown
M Free, c Hancock, b Birkett
E Jacobson, b J Brown
N Hallatt, c Cary, b Brown
R Sistla, c Birkett, b Wright
L Graham, c Cary, b Brown
J Graham, c & b Brown
J McKendrick, not out
Best bowling: J Brown 5-32.
H Cary, c & b Mikuremda
B Hancock, c & b Graham
S Imlay, c Hallatt, b McKendrick
C Whittaker, not out
W Ward, c & b Free
T Imlay, not out
TOTAL (4 wkts)
A weakened HURLEY side lost out by six wickets at BINFIELD 2nds.
With the toss lost, Hurley were asked to bat as Imran Arshad and Steve Wright added 40 in 10 overs before Wright fell to a catch with the keeper standing up to Sculley.
Arshad was looking powerful and Hurley well placed on 83-1 but when Naeem Akhtar fell lbw to Jones trying to score behind the wicket again, Hurley collapsed. The visitors lost seven wickets for 12 runs as they limped to 95-8 inside seven overs.
Hurley had no answer to the spin of Tony Boad and Jones, but some inauspicious shots, poor running and depleted resources added to the mayhem.
Yasir Gul and Mike Cole tried to eke out some batting points as they added 13 in 11 overs before Cole was bowled by Boad. Hurley staggered to 118 before Gul lofted to mid-off to end the pain.
The old ball was retained and Phil Ridgeway’s opening over had Higginson slicing to point where Akhtar took a low catch. Akhtar followed this in the fifth bowling Marshall.
Hurley looked well in the match as Haligan was run out attempting a third run and Lee bowled by Ridgeway. This brought the debutant keeper French to the wicket who hit the bowling in a short 22 ball cameo.
French’s onslaught encouraged Collett to up the pace. Arshad’s one over saw two dropped catches and Steve Taylor had Collett drive over the long off fielder for two boundaries. Binfield cantered to the double over Hurley with 19 overs in hand.
I Arshad, c & b Boad
S Wright, c French, b Sculley
N Akhtar, lbw, b Jones
C Wright, c Marshall, b Jones
St Taylor, c Sculley, b Boad
J Cole, run out
A Ali, b Boad
P Ridgeway, lbw, b Jones
Y Gul, c Higginson, b Lee
M Cole, b Boad
M Walton, not out
Best bowling: T Boad 4-21, N Jones 3-22.
A Marshall, b Akhtar
R Higginson, c Akhtar, b Ridgeway
JP Collett, not out
C Haligan, run out
E Lee, b Ridgeway
G French, not out
TOTAL (4 wkts)
Best bowling: P Ridgeway 2-27.
HARPSDEN 2nds’ victory at LITTLE MARLOW 2nds secured them the Division 4 title in their first season in the league.
The win was brought about by a match-winning performance, and a maiden Harpsden century, for skipper Sasha Burgess.
Burgess opened the batting with Nigel Ward and after a slow start from both openers for the first 10 overs against the new ball pair of Mohammed Nawaz and Tom Lathey, Ward and Burgess accelerated, so much so that after 20 overs they had scored at nearly six an over.
Nawaz finally broke the partnership as Ward was caught at mid-on for a chanceless 70. The partnership of 171 was the highest in the division this season.
Mick Greenwood joined Burgess and was batting well but after being struck by two lusty blows from his partner, eventually had to retire hurt. Will Stevens came in and pushed the ball around whilst Burgess exploded into an array of aggressive blows all around the wicket. This allowed Harpsden to declare after 40 overs, leaving 50 overs to bowl out Little Marlow for the title.
Harpsden took the old ball and the opening pair of Rod Birkett and Will Stevens made early inroads into the strong Little Marlow batting line-up, aided by good catching from Nigel Ward and Jon Stanley.
Burgess rotated the bowlers well on a hot day which helped to share the wickets around. Rory Ashmore bowled well on his Harpsden return and Tom Ham bowled with rhythm, both taking two wickets.
Matt Stanley and Jon Harris both bowled well with Harris getting the critical wicket of Ged Holmes. Ed Andrews, after taking a catch at backward point, got the title-winning wicket caught by man-of-the-match Burgess.
S Burgess, not out
N Ward, c Potter, b Nawaz
M Greenwood, retired hurt
W Stevens, not out
TOTAL (1 wkt)
LITTLE MARLOW 2nds
R Tinsley, c Stanley, b R Birkett
F Mahmood, c Ward, b Stevens
C Doherty, lbw, b R Birkett
T Potter, c N Ward, b R Birkett
G Holmes, b Harris
N Lancum, b Ashmore
M Nawaz, b Ashmore
H Mahmood, c Stanley, b Ham
Z Yaqoob, c Andrews, b Ham
T Lathey, not out
P Kruger, c Burgess, b Andrews
Best bowling: R Birkett 3-11.
HURLEY 2nds, despite being short of three first team players that had been called up by the first team and fielding five colts, ran out winners at GREAT KINGSHILL 2nds.
Having been put into bat, a new opening pair of Clive Williams and Joe Graham posted 31 for the first wicket in 11 overs, aided by the a number of wide deliveries. Sam Colebeck eventually found a line to bowl Graham. Amir Ali upped the scoring rate with eight runs in as many deliveries before also falling to Colebeck. Williams and Henry Graham added 79 for the third wicket, taking their side to 125 in the 29th over before a mix up saw Williams run out. Only six more runs had been added when Graham fell, caught by Austin off Max Colebeck.
Another good partnership of 51 between Abdullah Ali and James Calliss took Hurley to 182-5 with five overs remaining. A flurry of wickets saw 23 more runs added as Hurley obtained maximum batting points to finish on 205-9.
In reply the score had only reached 14 in the fifth over when Austin was caught at slip by Clive Williams off Pollitt. Pollitt proceeded to tear through the top of the Great Kingshill order taking the first six wickets to fall, reducing the hosts to 76 for 6 at the half way stage.
A seventh wicket partnership of 29 between Selby and Max Colebeck frustrated the visitors, who tried different bowling options to try and force a breakthrough. In the end it was the return of Haines that did the trick, combining with stand-in wicket keeper Amir Ali to take 3-4 in a dozen deliveries.
At 117-9 with 12 overs remaining Shona Heal and her skipper came within seven deliveries of saving the match before the run out of Heal by Haines sealed the victory.