Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Knox destroys Stoke Row to keep Woodcote on track

PAUL KNOX inspired Premier Division title-chasing WOODCOTE to a seven-wicket win at STOKE ROW on Saturday.

PAUL KNOX inspired Premier Division title-chasing WOODCOTE to a seven-wicket win at STOKE ROW on Saturday.

The medium-pacer produced a fine spell which decimated the hosts’ middle order as Stoke Row were dismissed for 114, before Cote cruised home for the loss of three wickets.

Having been asked to bat first on a wicket afflicted by overnight rain, Stoke Row made a good start as South African Matt Hopper went on the attack.

The 20-year-old blasted the ball to all parts, and despite the loss of youngster Harry Jordan, Row reached 60-1 after nine overs.

The introduction of Knox turned the game, however, as he dismissed Hopper for 43 and then accounted for Charles Lamprecht and Chris De Verteuil in the space of two balls.

Swinging the ball lavishly, Knox then removed Will Bishop and Mike Hennessy as Stoke fell to 72-7.

A determined rearguard from Phil Duncan helped the hosts reach 114 but he lacked support as Knox finished with season-best figures of 6-26.

Woodcote started in confident fashion as Rhod James and former Stoke Row captain Will Macdonald showed their class.

A glimmer of hope was opened for Stoke when the former was dismissed by Hopper, aided and abetted by a wonderful catch at short cover by Lamprecht. When Steve Henderson was trapped lbw two balls later the visitors stood on 33-2.

Macdonald took his side to the verge of victory when he was dismissed by a Dion Sampson delivery, well held at short mid-wicket by Shaun Hutchinson-Lawson.

From 81-3 Mike Stroker and Stefan Gordon eased Woodcote over the line as they secured a third win in four games, leaving the hosts with four defeats from four games.

PEPPARD fell short of their target as visitors MORTIMER WEST END had the better of the draw.

Senthil won the toss and put the visitors into bat first. Steve Audsley and Andy Johnson had added only 11 when the former was caught behind. A stand of 46 followed until Jono Bray was dismissed.

Tom McKenzie played the only innings of note with an unbeaten 46 from 63 balls faced as the visitors reached 160 at tea.

Ian Jackson was the pick of the bowling with figures of 11-4-24-5 aided, at the other end, by a tight spell from Roy Hayden, who conceded only 21 runs off 12 overs for his two wickets.

Hugh Asquith and Andy Watts put on 74 for the first wicket, until Watts’ ended. Asquith was also out six runs later after smashing the ball back to Andy Johnson.

Mortimer West End caught their chances well and when Senthil, who top-scored with 37 was out, Peppard’s chase faded out as they fell short for the second week in a row.

League leaders WEST READING eased to victory at CHECKENDON.

Openers A Davidson and S Khan put on a 164-run partnership that lasted 31 overs.

The visitors’ total of 240-8 could have been higher but for a fine spell of medium pace from Ashish Talreja who took 6-62 including three wickets in the final over of the innings.

Talreja also starred with the bat for Checkendon, hitting his side’s top score of 49. Apart from John Acland-Hood, who made 47, none of the other home batsmen could make any impression against a consistently fast medium attack from West Reading in which H Wahab stood out by taking 6-37 as Checkendon were dismissed for 127.

In Division 1 GORING lost out to IBIS MAPLEDURHAM.

Batting first Goring were dismissed for just 117 runs. In reply Ibis Mapledurham lost five wickets as they eased to victory on 118-5.

After three draws PEPPARD 2nds lost their first Division 2 match of the season at MORTIMER WEST END 2nds by 74 runs.

Batting first the home side lost a wicket in the first over and then another at 44. Penekar and Patel then put on a 97-run partnership before Patel was dismissed for 59.

Pemekar went on to reach 120 not out as Mortimer closed thier innings on 242-5 from 45 overs with both Dyer and Legg taking two wickets each.

In response Peppard lost early wickets and were reeling on 22-3. Four players reached 20 or more but the visitors were eventually all out for 168.

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