Saturday, 31 July 2021

Hosts maintain pressure at the top with derby win

PEPPARD STOKE ROW maintained their position in second place in the Premier Division following a convincing 88 run victory over local rivals WOODCOTE.

The hosts made a disastrous start when Wynand Lamprecht was dismissed by Ryan van Heerden, but Andy Watts and Paddy Hennessy then shared an 81 run stand for Peppard Stoke Row, albeit aided by an unfortunate calf strain to opening bowler Zaf Akram.

The introduction of Zaheer Ahmed sparked a collapse among the Peppard Stoke Row ranks as he removed captain Hennessy for 32 and then dismissed Senthil Muniyasamy next ball.

When former Oratory schoolboy Steve Henderson had Watts caught by wicket-keeper Andy Silver, Peppard Stoke Row had fallen from 81-1 to 81-4.

Charles Lamprecht and Richard Ashton rebuilt to a degree - adding 27 before the former was bowled by Mohammed Ilyas - but the departure of Ashton and Matt Hopper in the space of two balls left the hosts on 132-7.

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