Saturday, 19 June 2021

Nutt and Legg partnership not enough for Peppard SR

PEPPARD STOKE ROW were edged out by four wickets in a dramatic friendly at BINFIELD on Saturday.

PEPPARD STOKE ROW were edged out by four wickets in a dramatic friendly at BINFIELD on Saturday.

The visitors chose to bat and were given a solid platform by Don Townsin (21) and Olly Nicholson (32) – who hit his first ball for six – before the former was dismissed by Tony Boad.

Nicholson fell to the same bowler shortly after, and when U13 Daniel Watts departed, Peppard Stoke Row were 97-3.

Captain Fergus Nutt and Will Legg combined in a 111-run stand for the fourth wicket, with the partnership only ended when Nutt was strangled down the leg side for 90 in an innings which included 12 fours and three sixes.

Legg continued to take the attack to Binfield in making 60 (four fours and three sixes), and Peppard Stoke Row ended their 44 overs on 251-6.

The hosts made a good start with Ram Devarakonda and Mikey Allan-Canty impressing.

Leg spinner Josh Perkins had the latter stumped by Andy Watts, before U11 James Watts picked up his first senior wicket by bowling Devarakonda.

Watts (2-18) doubled his tally by having Matthew Nicholls caught by Mick Chard shortly after, but Adam Marshall (48) and Paul Edgington (45) kept Binfield on track.

Nutt rotated his nine bowlers to good effect, but it was left to former Peppard Stoke Row stalwart Tim Vines (25 not out) to hit the winning runs with just two balls to spare.

Brett Everett made his maiden PEPPARD STOKE ROW KITES century as his side defeated GORING by 68 runs on Sunday.

Will Legg moved past 1,000 runs for the season in an entertaining cameo, before fellow U19 Fergus Nutt fell shortly after, ending the season with 1,895 runs.

Useful contributions from Gary Legg, Richard Ashton and David Williams kept Peppard Stoke Row motoring, but the innings was all about Everett as he played shots all around the wicket before bringing up his century with a six over square leg. He retired on 102 (12 fours and four sixes) as the hosts totalled 246-6 in 35 overs.

In reply, Andy Steele was in destructive form as he hammered a rapid 75, but Hamish Scott (3-35) halted the charge by bowling three Goring batsmen.

Teenage left-arm spinner Chris Humphreys (2-23) was also in top form as he ended the season with 51 wickets, and with Rob Dyer (2-7) and captain Josh Perkins also collecting wickets, Goring were restricted to 178-8.

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