Saturday, 19 June 2021

Anderson and Clark lay foundations for comfortable win

WOODCOTE secured a comfortable home win by 37 runs against BBC CAVERSHAM on Sunday.

WOODCOTE secured a comfortable home win by 37 runs against BBC CAVERSHAM on Sunday.

Put into bat, a good opening partnership between Crawford Anderson (69) and Jonny Clark (41) formed the backbone of the innings.

On Clark’s departure, James Wheeler (34) came to the crease to damage the bowling. Anderson went on to reach his half century, a feat he has managed in every one of his 37 seasons with the club as Woodcote closed on 201—8.

In reply BBC Caversham made a steady start, but were never up with the required run rate and good bowling by Suheil Akram, David Simpson and Paul Knox, aided by good catching by Clark and David Simpson helped complete the victory in 32 overs.

Sam Peates, also in his 37th season, took three catches behind the wicket as the visitors ended on 164 all out.

WOODCOTE began their defence of their Downs Midweek League title in disappointing fashion last Wednesday with a home defeat at the hands of VODAFONE.

Vodafone’s total of 162—4 included 40 extras, mainly wides.

Rajpal was the principle scorer for the Newbury team with 66 runs. James Worsfold bowled a good spell giving away only 11 runs in his four overs and taking one wicket.

Batting in poor light, Woodcote did well to get as close as they did to the Vodafone total finishing on 141—8 with James Wheeler the top scorer with 42.

WOODCOTE secured a comfortable home win by 37 runs against BBC CAVERSHAM.

Put into bat, a good opening partnership between Crawford Anderson (69) and Jonny Clark (41) formed the backbone of the innings.

On Clark’s departure, James Wheeler (34) came to the crease to damage the bowling. Anderson went on to reach his half century, a feat he has managed in every one of his 37 seasons with the club as Woodcote closed on 201—8.

In reply BBC Caversham made a steady start, but were never up with the required run rate and good bowling by Suheil Akram, David Simpson and Paul Knox, aided by good catching by Clark and David Simpson helped complete the victory in 32 overs.

Sam Peates, also in his 37th season, took three catches behind the wicket as the visitors ended on 164 all out.

CHECKENDON lost out at home to new opponents HETAIROI on Sunday. Visiting opening medium pacers M Price and H Wilman found plenty of swing in reducing the home team to 36—5 despite a rapid 22 from captain Luke Gray.

Ian Brekspear and Chetan Yalambalse began the recovery which was consolidated by Dan Wilson’s 40 not out top score plus contributions from Craig Greenough and Josh Breakspear which took Checkendon to 176—9 declared.

Hetairoi also bound batting at Checkendon to their liking as half-centuries from Laurie and Price took the past their target with only three wickets down and time to spare.

TURVILLE PARK ran out winners at home to SUTTON COURTENAY on Sunday.

Home skipper Sam Beardall won the toss and elected to field.

Tight bowling from Hunt and White restricted the visitors to a slow start on what was a placid batting wicket.

Good support followed from Sam Beardall, Nick and Charles Henry and Peter Briffett, who shared the spoils evenly, as the visitors struggled to 146.

Turville managed to overcome this target in less than 31 overs, as first Tim Wade, and later Dave Stockings, Rob Dickie and Sam Beardall took full advantage of the good conditions.

A final flourish from Tom White ensured the hosts reached the required target of 148—5.

ODNEY powered to a nine wicket victory at HURLEY thanks to match winning performances from Geoff Mornard and Rob Dickie.

The home side were asked to bat first and raced to 21 inside three overs as some fast but slightly wayward bowling by Mike Finlay and Ally Dickie kept the extras racking up. Finlay made the breakthrough in his second over with a slower delivery which deceived Denis Day who played over the top of it.

Steve Taylor (37) and Alan Morgans kept the scoreboard moving until Morgans was dismissed in the 10th over by a delivery from Dickie which found the toe of his bat before looping to slip.

The introduction of Geoff Mornard to replace Finlay at the river end slowed the run rate; starting his spell with 20 consecutive dot balls as both Mike Walton and Taylor found it impossible to get him away.

The batsmen concentrating on survival against Mornard while attacking Moss at the other end, this tactic paid off until Mornard’s final over when Taylor popped up a catch to Mike Finlay at mid-off.

Hurley skipper Matt Hampton fell to another catch by Finlay.

Dan Masters (17) joined Walton (37 not out) in a partnership of 45 for the sixth wicket to help take the hosts to 156 after 40 overs. A tight opening spell of six overs for 13 runs by Bert Simon helped keep Hurley in the game but it was Steve Taylor who made the breakthrough.

Ali Damirichi slashed Taylor to backward point where Dave Walton pulled off a good catch, seeing the ball late, he flung himself to his left to grasp the ball and hang on as he crashed to the ground.

David Morgans conceded only 16 from five overs to keep the game in the balance. Everything changed with one over from Dan Masters, aided by an over rigorous interpretation of the high full toss no ball rule, Dickie smashed 35 off Masters’ second over to put Odney firmly in the driving seat.

Dickie continued to score runs off Dave Walton and Scott Taylor, smashing the ball to all parts, finishing unbeaten on 90 as Odney cruised to victory in the 25th over.

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