Sunday, 13 June 2021

League leaders fall short in title race

PEPPARD STOKE ROW missed out on a chance to create substantial daylight at the head of the Premier Division as they slumped to a 14 run home defeat against second-placed MORTIMER WEST END.

The hosts elected to field after winning the toss and South African pace ace Matt Hopper made early inroads as he removed Andy Johnson and Tom Mackenzie cheaply.

Tim Vines also bowled well to claim two wickets to leave the visitors on 54-4.

Mortimer West End captain Nick Kingston again proved a thorn in the Peppard Stoke Row side, making a well-crafted and ultimately match-winning 51 before he was well caught in the deep by Paddy Hennessy.

Ian Jackson bowled tidily at the death to claim a pair of wickets and the returning Hopper returned figures of 4-21 as the visitors reached a seemingly under par 142-9.

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