Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Meadow trip brings no joy as seconds slip to the bottom

HENLEY 2nds slipped to the bottom of Division 1 after a disappointing trip to face CHESHAM at the Meadow.

HENLEY 2nds slipped to the bottom of Division 1 after a disappointing trip to face CHESHAM at the Meadow.

Chesham won the toss an elected to bat, their opener M Rance making a stand of 123 before being caught out.

The home side made a total of 249 with the loss of nine wickets over 52 overs and won by 124 runs with Henley mustering 125 all out over 35.5 overs.

After a strong performance last week for a draw, HENLEY 3rds were keen to push on and secure a win this week against HAYES 1sts.

Henley won the toss and batted first on a pitch that only looked like getting worse throughout the day.

Alex Price and Rob Kenworthy opened for Henley and put on a strong opening partnership of 85 against a tight Hayes bowling attack.

The first wicket fell as Price was caught on 46 and Kenworthy was given out LBW for 41 quickly after.

Nick Johnson and Dan Hayden batted well in the middle order, making 23 and 29 respectively.

This left Nathan Hopkins, Jeremy Palmer and Waqaz Khan who all made vital, quick runs at the end of the inning,s to pull Henley over the 200 mark.

Michael Green was the pick of Hayes’ bowlers with six wickets for 49 runs off 11 overs.

Henley finished on 206 for 9 off 52 overs.

Henley chose to take the old ball and opened with the two leg spinners Sam Ranger and Tom Chappell who restricted Hayes well.

After a dreadful running error Tom Chappell got the early breakthrough Henley wanted by running out Hayes’ opener Green for 12.

Chappell then took another wicket quickly after as S Morgan spooned one up to Hayden who took a straightforward catch.

The new ball was then taken by Henley and Hayden used it well to take another two wickets for Henley.

Hayes were struggling to form a partnership with their in-form batsman Singh who made 66.

A change of bowling then brought Nick Johnson on to bowl who took two wickets with last two balls of his first over.

Hopkins who had been brought on at the other end then managed to take a wicket with the first ball of the next over, with the help of a sharp catch from Chappell, giving Henley a team hat-trick.

Hayes then found themselves seven down and well behind.

With another wicket for both Hopkins and Johnson, who finished with figures of 4 for 3 off 2 overs, it fell to Waqaz Khan to finish Hayes off. Hayes finished on 128 all out giving Henley the full 25 points.

HENLEY 4ths struggled for runs against DATCHET 3rds in Windsor Home Park on Saturday.

Put in to bat Henry Oldershaw, Peter Neville and Alex Johnson all made confident starts but failed to capitalise whilst the middle order quickly crumbled against an accurate Datchet attack.

At 65 for 6 Henley were in big trouble but Alex Harris-White stood firm and together with the experienced Chris Johnson complied a half-century partnership for the 7th wicket.

Harris-White was eventually dismissed for a fine 45 trying to up the scoring rate but Johnson and Ryan Palihawadana pinched a few more runs off the final overs to leave Henley on 133 for 8 after their 52 overs.

This was probably 20 runs short of an adequate total but Henley retained the old ball and the leg-spin combination of Chris and Alex Johnson caused problems and claimed six wickets between them.

Datchet edged closer to their target however and despite late wickets from Sean Taylor and Palihawadana eventually squeezed home by two wickets.

SONNING 2nds lost their Division 4b match against WARGRAVE by seven wickets.

Wargrave won the toss and opted to bowl with Sonning running up a total of 151 for 10 wickets over 40 overs.

Wargrave reached the required total 29.3 overs with the loss of three wickets.

Neal Robinson and Ewan Woods put in an impressive partnership, with Robinson not out on 40 and Wood not out on 39.

WARGRAVE 2nds took on DATCHET 4ths in their Division 8b encounter and came away with a nine-wicket victory. Wargrave won the toss and decided to bowl, with Datchet running up a total of 98 all out over 31.2 overs.

Wargrave opener Martin Woods scored 35 not out, with Jason Noah contributing 61 before he was bowled out.

The weather was glorious * as was the cricket * for the top-of-the-table clash between the home side KIDMORE END and BURNHAM 2nds.

Following the toss, which was won by Burnham, Kidmore End found themselves batting against the highly vaunted Burnham bowling attack.

With a couple of key batsmen missing the Kidmore side were less confident about this half of the match. However, the team had been training hard all week, and with home advantage they could take some comfort from the familiarity of the wicket.

The innings started well for Kidmore End. Joe Dixon and Joe Waldron opened the batting confidently, keeping out the viciously swinging high paced bowling of Waqar Ahmed whilst attacking his less illustrious bowling colleague K Yousaf.

The opening pair put on 48 for the first wicket. Waldron drove well and Dixon was playing his leg side flick with some style, he even struck Waqar Ahmed for a six.

However, this excellent start was brought to an abrupt halt following a change of bowling. Maddy Nawaz, who bowled superbly throughout the game, struck when one of his left arm spinning deliveries hit Waldron in front of the stumps and 48 for 1 quickly became 54 for 2 when Dixon was deceived by a well-disguised slower ball from Waqar Ahmed.

This gave Ahmed the momentum he needed for he then struck thrice more within a matter of overs. He dismissed Jeff Sheldon (0), Scott Addyman (6) and David New (5) with fast, full pitched late swinging deliveries that had the batsmen trapped leg before wicket.

During this devastating spell Nawaz was wheeling away at the other end bowling a tight line and length building pressure and picking up the wicket of Guy Ashby and Abi Waheed.

In 19 overs of good economic yet attacking bowling Kidmore End had lost 7 wickets for 56 runs.

When James Frost went into bat, on a hat trick, Kidmore End were 104 for 7 off 28 overs. Frost barely survived his first few balls, but he hung on in there.

Initially Alex Crawford absorbed the pressure and with Waqar Ahmed tiring and coming off the pair could breathe a sigh of relief.

But A Khan, a leg spin bowler, Ahmed’s replacement, was also a fine bowler who bowled with control, often spinning the ball noticeably.

Frost struck Khan for four and then later for a large six over long-on’s head.

Crawford cut Nawaz well picking up many runs on the off side with his back foot shots.

Gradually the score started to move again. By this stage Waqar Ahmed had rested and he returned to deliver a quick spell of bowling. Frost and Crawford were up to the challenge.

Crawford kept out some very quick and accurate Yorkers.

With the overs ticking away Kidmore tried to increase the scoring rate with 175 and an extra batting point being their aim.

Together Frost and Crawford got Kidmore to this score in the last over, just before Frost was bowled by Nawaz, bringing their 61 run partnership to a close. Nawaz then picked up two more wickets in his last over. This meant that Kidmore End were all out for 175. The batting heroes for Kidmore were Crawford who scored 41 not out from 86 balls in 101 watchful minutes and Frost who scored 38 from 74 balls in 70 minutes.

The tally was always going to be tough to chase yet also very achievable.

Kidmore opened up with the old ball as the pitch was taking turn and a softer ball was harder to hit to the boundary.

Crawford and Frost bowled very accurately and struck early with a fortuitous run-out when the ball went on to the stumps at the bowlers’ end leaving the backing up batsmen stranded.

A couple of overs later Frost bowled Nadeem for 8. Meanwhile Crawford whirled away at the Wood End, making the batsmen play and miss with monotonous regularity.

Eventually he was rewarded with a stumping by young gloveman Addyman to remove Awaz for a glacial 14 runs from 48 balls.

At 21 overs the score was 54 for 3. It was at this point Abi “the finisher” Waheed came onto bowl. What followed was a devastating 49 ball spell that took six wickets for just 16 runs.

Waheed, who bowled a mixture of slower balls and Yorkers, had A Khan caught by Jeff Sheldon for 9, S Kumar lbw 0, W Ahmed bowled 0, M Nawaz bowled 2, M Asif bowled 2 and I Aziz bowled 4.

The innings was finished off with a smart piece of fielding by Crawford whose throw ran F Raja for 41 from 94 balls. Burnham were all out for just 88. Kidmore had won by 87 runs, placing them top of Division 2b, having won four out of five games.

Skipper Jeff Sheldon said: “This was a tremendous effort by the team.”

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