Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Hayden’s five-wickets leave side in promotion places

PEPPARD STOKE ROW look set to finish as Premier Division runners-up after their home game against

PEPPARD STOKE ROW look set to finish as Premier Division runners-up after their home game against RUISLIP VICTORIA was curtailed by rain.

Richard Lambie hit an unbeaten 107 for Ruislip Victoria from 105 balls while Usman Jalil upped the momentum with 56 from 25 balls as the visitors declared on 250-5 after 42 overs.

Dion Sampson, Chris Humphreys, Harry Jordan and Sam Boughton were the Peppard Stoke Row wicket-takers, but rain prevented their run chase from getting started.

With West Reading thrashing Mortimer West End by 10 wickets, the table-toppers now need just eight points from two games to seal the title, while Peppard Stoke Row must accrue nine to ensure a runners-up finish.

An intriguing contest between third placed WOODCOTE and the team one place below, SULHAMSTEAD AND UFTON was brought to a close by torrential rain after 11 overs of the second innings.



Earlier Woodcote had been put in to bat by the hosts and looked in trouble at 88-4 but an 80 run partnership between Jonny Clark and Mark Pearson revived the innings. Both Clark and Pearson recorded half-centuries, with Pearson undefeated at the end of the Woodcote innings.

Zaheer Ahmed bowled three consecutive maidens at the start of the Sulhamstead innings, but the home openers clung-on and remained at the wicket when proceedings were called to a halt just after 5pm.

WOODCOTE



R Lennard, c Mercer, b Lattimore

21

JP Brouard, lbw, b Thompson

36

M Stroker, c Seward, b Lattimore

0

J Mayo, c Seward, b Gill

4

J Clark, c Seward, b Macdonald

73

S Gordon, c Brown, b Gill

11

M Pearson, not out

62

A Burgess, c Brown, b Lattimore

0

J Worsfold, not out

0

Extras

2





TOTAL (7 wkts)

209





SULHAMSTEAD



R Brown, not out

33

C Mercer, not out

18

Extras

2





TOTAL (0 wkts)

53



In Division 1 CHECKENDON’S chance of a home win over HAWLEY was thwarted by the weather after an exceptional performance by their batsmen enabled them to declare on 228-2 after just 39 overs.

Manpreet Singh and John Acland-Hood put on 120 for the first wicket and were particularly severe on previously successful opening bowler Tom Heighes, whose six overs went for 46. Vikas Chib and Ash Talreja then shared a third wicket stand of 108 in 16 overs. Hawley had reached 21 without loss in 30 overs when rain forced the game to be abandoned.

CHECKENDON



J Acland-Hood, c Hughes, b L Wilson

48

M Singh, c —, b Litwin

71

A Talreja, not out

26

V Chib, not out

74

Extras

9





TOTAL (9 wkts)

228





HAWLEY



A Richer, not out

10

G Sinclair, not out

10

Extras

1





TOTAL (0 wkts)

21



Elsewhere in the division GORING’S Chris Winterbottom hit 102 as his side posted 206-6 against SANDHURST before the match was abandoned due to rain.

Roy Hayden took a five-wicket haul to lift PEPPARD STOKE ROW 2nds into the Division 2 promotion positions following a 63-run win at WALTHAM ST LAWRENCE.

Peppard Stoke Row made a bright start as Berkshire Over 60s man Don Townsin crafted a fine 51, while U15s Dan Bacon and Danny May contributed 18 and 24 respectively at numbers two and three.

Captain Simon Gozzard added 31 as Peppard Stoke Row 2nd ended their innings on 182-9.

U15 duo Will Atkinson and Bacon combined with the latter taking a leg side stumping to make the initial breakthrough before Hayden added two quick wickets to reduce the hosts to 24-3.

Matt Andrews blasted the ball to all parts in a rapid 67 as Waltham added 71 for the fourth wicket, but Ken Sullivan took a slip catch off Ian Jackson’s bowling to account for Andy Maliff and make it 95-4.

And from there Jackson (3-21) and Hayden – who took his all-time league record haul of wickets to 928 in a spell of 5-42 – worked their way through the lower order to dismiss Waltham St Lawrence for 119.

A blistering knock from Mark Lambert proved futile as Division 4 leaders PEPPARD STOKE ROW 3rds were called off when well set against WALTHAM ST LAWRENCE 2nds.

Hugh Asquith (41) and Neeraj Sharma – making his seasonal debut following injury – put on 96 for the opening wicket before the former departed.

But it was the arrival of Lambert at number four which sent the innings into overdrive, the wicket-keeper batsman blasting 34 from his first 12 balls before eventually finishing on an unbeaten 63 from 38. With Richard Woolfrey adding 22 at better than a run-a-ball, Peppard Stoke Row declared on 239-7 after 41.4 overs.

A smart piece of work by Lambert then made the initial breakthrough in the Waltham innings, Bradfield loanee Tim Wilson run out for 10.

Fellow loanee Dan Filmer looked in good touch until he fell to Peppard Stoke Row captain Rob Dyer – smartly held at mid-on by Alfie Jordan – before the rain arrived with Saints 64-2 after 15.5 overs.



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