Saturday, 19 June 2021

Kites are downed

PEPPARD STOKE ROW KITES’ season finished with a six-wicket defeat at the home of Chilterns League champions TAPLOW on Sunday.

The hosts elected to bat but suffered an early blow when Simon Gozzard hit a full toss to point, but Hugh Asquith (56) and Andy Watts repaired the damage on a wicket displaying some uneven bounce.

Watts eventually fell as he tried to push the scoring rate along, and Olly Nicholson’s brief cameo was also ended abruptly when he was stumped.

The Peppard Stoke Row middle order flickered without fully igniting and it was only a useful eight-wicket stand between captain Tim Vines and Neeraj Sharma which took the visitors to 201-7 declared.

That score never appeared likely to be enough as Darren Grist and Dale Walton forged an opening partnership of 156, aided as it was by a series of dropped catches.

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