Monday, 21 June 2021

Big-hitting Cary helps see off Little Marlow challenge

HARPSDEN came out on top in a close encounter with LITTLE MARLOW 2nds last Saturday with a couple of overs

HARPSDEN came out on top in a close encounter with LITTLE MARLOW 2nds last Saturday with a couple of overs to spare.

Little Marlow batted first and were quickly in trouble losing two quick wickets at the start but rebuilt with Findlay and McGea putting together a useful partnership before both were retired.

Lancombe kept it going but tight bowling from R Birkett and 11-year-old Jude Green kept the final score down to a respectable 152 off their 35 overs.

Harpsden’s reply started well with the openers reaching 100 without loss before Adam Birkett was retired and Will Smith was well bowled by Pradeep who was pick of the bowlers.

Horatio Cary cut the required run rate with an innings that included a couple of maximums which saw Harpsden over the line. Cary was ably supported by 11-year-old Tom Lynskey at the other end.


Ryan, c W Smith, b R Birkett 1

Findlay, retired 48

Thistlewaite, run out 10

McGea, retired 42

Lancombe, not out 23

Pradeep, c A Birkett, b J Green 0

Mathews, not out 7

Extras 6

TOTAL (3 wkts) 152


A Birkett, retired 52

W Smith, b Pradeep 49

H Cary, not out 38

T Lynksey, not out 8

Extras 6

TOTAL (1 wkt) 153

HARPSDEN lost out at home to TWIGWORTH TRAVELLERS last Sunday.

The hosts were inserted into bat on a damp early season wicket and made a solid start with Hancock looking comfortable at the crease.

Twigworth made the breakthrough thanks to a catch from Filbey off his own bowling to remove Bevan.

This brought Stanley to the crease to join Hancock, as both batsmen looked to build up a solid partnership the scoring rate began to slow down thanks to some accurate bowling from the Twigworth bowlers. This proved to be Stanley’s downfall as he fell trying to up the scoring rate.

Hancock soon fell into the same trap as he departed for 53.

It was left to the middle order to try and push Harpsden towards a competitive total with Bryan, Birkett and Bradley all scoring freely to take Harpsden to 168-7 from their allocated 40 overs. Twigworth made a disastrous start to their innings, losing three quick wickets to leave them in trouble at 14-3, with Rod Birkett picking up two wickets.

Smith and Davison began to rebuild the innings before both falling in quick succession to Alfred Cary and Will Bevan respectively.

This brought Hodson to the crease and he guided Twigworth home with an innings of 61, to give them victory by three wickets with two overs to spare.


B Hancock, st Harris, b Manning 53

W Bevan, c & b Filbey 4

J Stanley, c Hodson, b Southern 24

J Bradley, c Filbey, b Manning 5

A Bryan, b Smith 19

W Smith, lbw, b Manning 4

A Cary, run out 2

A Birkett, not out 16

A Bradley, not out 29

Extras 12


Owen, lbw, b Bradley 17

Harris, c Bryan, b R Birkett 0

Pointer, c J Bradley, b R Birkett 5

Smith, c Stanley, b A Cary 18

Davison, lbw, b A Cary 19

Filbey, c Harris, b Bevan 9

Hodson, not out 61

Southern, c Bryan, b A Birkett 7

Marshall, not out 19

Extras 13

TOTAL (7 wkts) 169

Best bowling: R Birkett 2-22.

lThe previous week HARPSDEN ran out comfortable winners away to PEPPARD.

The visitors batted first and with the help of Andy Bryan’s 80 and Will Stevens’ 58 not out, Harpsden ended their 40 overs on 250-4.

In reply Peppard struggled to score runs and with Matt Hayward taking 6-38 the hosts were dismissed for 85.

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