Friday, 25 June 2021

Sheldon bludgeons his way to ton

KIDMORE END opened their season on Saturday with the traditional pre-league season friendly against BAGSHOT.

KIDMORE END opened their season on Saturday with the traditional pre-league season friendly against BAGSHOT.

Bagshot batted first and their openers started well, moving their feet and attacking some rusty early season bowling.

Andy Davis tucked into anything short but once James Frost found a rhythm he saw off Grinstead for six with a ball that moved up the slope and left the batsman bemused.

Bagshot were not to be put off and the Davis family (A, J and M) middle order helped their team to build a good score at a steady rate.

By the time the second wicket fell the score had reached 90. It was at this point skipper Jeff Sheldon decided to use the first of his three leg spin bowlers, Joe Dixon. Dixon bowled his full quota of 10 overs for just 42 runs, picking up two wickets. Richie Frost bowled three good overs of leg spin while Dan Cooke, the third leg spin bowler, also picked up a wicket.

With 10 overs to go Bagshot were 192—4. James Frost finished with figures of 6—45 from nine overs, the key wicket being Jeremy Davis (54) who was caught on the boundary by Guy Ashby. Bagshot finished their innings after 38 overs on 210.

Kidmore End’s response was emphatic as Ashby and Tom Sheldon put on 145 in 22 overs for the first wicket.

Sheldon scored 114 off just 76 balls striking 17 fours and four sixes. During the course of the innings he managed to lose three balls in the nearby woods. Had it not been for the slow bowling of Jeremy Davis the second half of the match would have been short. Fortunately for Bagshot, Davis’ 2—37 helped to slow Sheldon’s onslaught of lofted straight drives and sweeps.

The wickets only delayed the inevitable as after a couple of lusty blows from middle order batsman Joe Waldron into the nearby field Kidmore finished the victors by seven wickets.

KIDMORE END defeated Thames Valley Division 2A side COOKHAM DEAN on Sunday.

Kidmore lost the toss and were asked to field first. Both Mark Beddow and Ben Berryman took four wickets each as Cookham were dismissed for 204.

In reply David New hit 66 and Jeff Sheldon 75 not out as Kidmore eased to victory by eight wickets as they closed on 205—4.

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