Monday, 21 June 2021

Macdonald hits half century to help Woodcote close gap at top

HOSTS WOODCOTE closed in on Premier Division leaders West Reading last Saturday as they defeated reigning champions MORTIMER WEST END.

HOSTS WOODCOTE closed in on Premier Division leaders West Reading last Saturday as they defeated reigning champions MORTIMER WEST END.

The visitors were invited to bat first and good opening spells from Pearson and Clark saw the first wicket tumble with the total at 18.

With the pitch not offering much for Pearson, the decision was made to bring on Van Heerden whilst the ball was still reasonably new.

The result was a fine 12 over stretch from the South African who was rewarded with figures of 4-33, helped along by good catching from James Worsfold, Titch Vickers and Mike Stroker.

Will Macdonald picked up three wickets including that of Tom Mackenzie. James Worsfold chipped in with two wickets in two overs for just one run as the visitors were dismissed for 100 in 29 overs.

James Wheeler and Macdonald began the chase, but Wheeler fell early and was replaced by Steve Henderson, whose 28 included some good shots. The second wicket partnership, worth 64 runs, took Woodcote to the brink of victory and it was left to Will Macdonald to complete his 50 and hit the winning runs for a seven-wicket victory in 23 overs.

Meanwhile, a fractious affair at PEPPARD saw BCS GROSVENOR tumbled out for 77 in only 27 overs by Roy Hayden with impressive figures of 12 overs, seven maidens, six wickets conceding only 15 runs.

Hayden was ably supported by Ian Jackson (2-28) and Ashley Hayden (2-2) in his only over. Only Shakel Shabir showed any resilience, reaching 30 from 36 balls faced. Peppard’s response began comfortably as Andy Watts and Jake Leach compiled 42 for the first wicket.

Disaster threatened as Peppard crumbled to 63, largely thanks to Jake’s brisk 30 off 26 balls, losing six wickets along the way. Marcus Peedell’s 12 not out with Roy Hayden and extras saw Peppard home to their second win of the season in 20 overs.

Elsewhere, CHECKENDON lost out to SOUTH EAST READING at Stoke Row despite getting off to a good start.

After five overs the home team had no runs on the board for the loss of one wicket and after 32 overs were 93-7.

However, an undefeated half-century from Raja Rafaqat transformed the contest, taking the home side to 171-9 in their 45 overs.

Rafaqat then confirmed his man-of-the-match status by returning figures of 12 overs, seven maidens, 4-19 as Checkendon were dismissed for 111 in 33.5 overs.

SULHAMSTEAD secured a winning draw against bottom-side STOKE ROW.

Jamie Seward and Mark Godfrey made a solid start for the hosts after they were asked to bat on a baking hot afternoon. Charles Lamprecht eventually made the breakthrough for Stoke Row, dismissing Seward for 16. Godfrey continued on his way, and aided by the imperious Chris Mercer, the duo fashioned a fine second-wicket stand of 102. Stoke Row hit back with a trio of quick wickets for Sam Boughton, but the hosts posted 198-7 from their 45 overs.

The Stoke Row reply began in trailblazing fashion as Matt Hopper hit 17 from Ian Williams’ opening over.

However Sulhamstead youngster Doug Macdonald removed Patrick Hennessy and the Hopper to put Sulhamstead on top.

Stoke Row’s middle order again failed to fire as Craig Palmer removed Boughton and Will Bishop while Matt Gill clean bowled Lamprecht as the hosts took control.

Richard Ashton and Phil Duncan steadied the Stoke Row ship before the latter was caught at short mid-wicket by Mercer.

When Gill removed Sampson cheaply any hopes Stoke Row had of a late dash for victory were halted and they closed on 161-8 with Ashton unbeaten on 69.

Peter Slade finished with impressive figures of 7-28 for GORING during their losing draw against BRADFIELD in Division 1.

Bradfield batted first and were skittled out for 222. In reply Goring failed to keep up with the required run rate, despite Edward Everitt top scoring on 76 and Jamie Vickery hitting 43. Goring closed their innings on 193-5.

PEPPARD 2nds lost for the second week running in Division 2 when they crashed to a 60-run defeat at BCS GROSVENOR 2nds.

The home side batted first and lost two early wickets but King held the innings together with 63, backed up by Roseff with 49. The hosts ended their innings on 184 all out after 42 overs.

Peppard got off to a slow start in reply as they put on 28 in the first 10 overs. Townsin and Nicold moved the scoring along but both were dismissed at 71. Peppard lost their last six wickets for just 25 runs as they were bowled out for 123.

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