Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Checkendon opener hits century to keep side top

Checkendon opener hits century to keep side top

CHECKENDON retained their grip on top spot in the Premier Division courtesy of a thrilling run chase against title rivals WOODLEY last Saturday.

The visitors opted to bat on a fair pitch at the Checkendon playing field and raced away at the start thanks to 42 from captain Nutail and 45 from all rounder Miraque.

Vikas Chib brought the home team back into the game with three wickets in his 12 overs and later showed firm leadership, trusting left arm spinner Harry Wickens to clean up the tail at the death, which he duly did, taking 3-25, finishing the innings with a sharp return catch.

A target of 205 was a challenge and Checkendon had a less than ideal start, losing 2-28, including James Allaway run out off a deflection at the bowler’s end.

Regular opener John Acland-Hood stepped up with an undefeated century, supported initially by wicket-keeper Matt Heslop and later by a 13-ball 19 from Amol Tyagi.

The winning run came in the 43rd over with three wickets standing.

WOODLEY

N Fasul, lbw, b Chib

42

Rizuy Azeez, lbw, b Tyagi

22

Rifaz Azeez, b Tyagi

21

P Selvaratnam, c Heslop, b Agarwal

7

M Baburden, b Chib

45

K Weerasame, c Tyagi, b Agarwal

0

H Junees, b Chib

15

A Mohammed, c Tyagi, b H Wickens

22

R Nilandeen, c Tikoo, b H Wickens

11

N Asquar, c & b H Wickens

1

R Nilufer, not out

2

Extras

17

TOTAL

205

Best bowling: H Wickens 3-25, V Chib 3-53.

CHECKENDON

U Tikoo, b Junees

4

J Acland-Hood, not out

104

J Allaway, run out

8

M Heslop, b Miraque

32

S Arrowsmith, b Miraque

9

V Chib, b Rizmy

14

A Tyagi, c —, b Rizmy

19

S Agarwal, lbw, b Miraque

2

A Podolski, not out

0

Extras

14

TOTAL (7 wkts)

206

Best bowling: Miraque 3-47.

Winning the toss and with a perfect batting track at WOODCOTE, home captain James Worsfold decided to field first and it proved an inspired choice against IBIS MAPLEDURHAM.

The visitors were 71-5 at the halfway mark with Ryan Van Heerden, Jonny Clark and Steve Henderson all proving difficult for the Ibis batsmen.

A good stand between Jones and Whiley revived the visitors’ innings, but with Pete Roberts and James Worsfold bowling a tight line, they were unable to accelerate and at tea Woodcote were optimistic about their chances.

Ryan Lennard and Paul Knox batted well to put on 134 for the first wicket. The win was achieved in just over 25 overs and was fittingly brought up with a huge six by Paul Knox into the Red Lion.

IBIS MAPLEDURHAM

A Singh, c Aldrdige, b Henderson

14

P Weston, c Lennard, b Van Heerden

0

W McKay, c Danks, b Henderson

39

D Drury, c & b Worsfold

10

M Jones, not out

42

R Pikington, b Henderson

0

L Whiley, b Roberts

41

Extras

7

TOTAL (6 wkts)

153

Best bowling: S Henderson 3-36.

WOODCOTE

R Lennard, b Singh

69

P Knox, not out

71

J Clark, c Drury, b Singh

0

S Henderson, not out

4

Extras

10

TOTAL (2 wkts)

154

GORING went down to a four-wicket defeat at BERKSHIRE COUNTY SPORTS.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first the visitors were dismissed for 130 with Raja Raget taking 5-30 for the home side.

In reply Berkshire County Sports reached their target of 131-6 off 33 overs with Peter Slade returning bowling figures of 4-13.

Josh Perkins starred with bat and ball, but it wasn’t quite enough to help PEPPARD STOKE ROW 2nds avoid a four-wicket defeat at CROWTHORNE AND CROWN WOOD 2nds in Division 1.

A good team batting performance from the visitors included useful contributions throughout the order from Perkins (44 not out), Dom Hall (38) and Matt Ravden (32), Peppard Stoke Row ending their 45 overs on 198-7 as Nirav Uphadyay took 4-41.

Perkins (3-55) grabbed two early wickets as the visitors took the old ball, but Ant Avrili (56) and Simon Sheppard (59) wrested the initiative back for the Crows with a useful third-wicket stand.

Youngster Alfie Burnett took 2-37 after the new ball was utilised, but the home side were able to just squeeze over the line, reaching 199-6 with 11 balls to spare.

Hugh Asquith scored a 35th career century, but PEPPARD STOKE ROW 3rds fell just short of victory in a losing draw at SULHAMSTEAD 3rds in Division 2.

Madhur Sharma (84) and Craig Palmer (45 not out) batted well for the home side as they posted a competitive 234-8, Rob Dyer (3-39) and Pradeep Kumar (2-42) the pick of the Peppard Stoke Row attack.

The visitors lost Rob Simmons early on but Asquith and James Hern (37) built a solid second-wicket partnership.

The destructive Mark Lambert came and went quickly and despite Asquith working his way to 134 not out, the Sulhamstead death bowling proved too efficient and Peppard Stoke Row could only reach 223-3 in reply.

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