Friday, 25 June 2021

Seconds slip up as rain gives fixtures a battering

ALL three results were possible for most of the second innings as HENLEY 2nds lost at KEW by four wickets

ALL three results were possible for most of the second innings as HENLEY 2nds lost at KEW by four wickets on Saturday.

Around half of the day’s league fixtures were affected by heavy downpours and this one was no exception.

Captain Barber won the toss and elected to bat, sending out Oldershaw and Smith to open.

Oldershaw was unable to maintain his recent good form, leaving Smith and Barber to rebuild between the constant rain interruptions.

Barber played the lead role until bowled by Pearce for 27 with the score on 45. Furber joined Smith and amid some confusion the latter was run out 50-3. Fortunately Furber was able to score relatively freely and he and Bezeidenhout batted nicely and found the boundary frequently to build the best partnership of the innings and take the score on to 115 when Furber (44) holed out to deep square leg.

Bezeidenhout was unfortunate to be given out caught behind on 36 and just as Henley were thinking of upping the tempo, the rain came down and the innings was closed at 126.

Kew had 30 overs to get the runs and Henley knew they had to take early wickets. Humza Iqbal duly obliged in his third over, producing a ripper to bowl the opener with the score on eight.

The other Kew opener then made the fatal mistake of going back to a ball from leg-spinner Khazmi to be bowled for six.

This error was repeated by captain Pearce but not after a lively counter-attack which took the score up to 49-3.

Darwin came and went lbw to Khazmi but that brought Thomas to the crease and he attacked from the off, hitting Bezeidenhout for boundaries seemingly at will.

When Furber finally caught Thomas on the boundary and then came on to bowl and had Panta excellently caught by Francis at the wicket the game was pretty much decided and Kew had made it six wickets down. The result mean seven points for Henley, matching their rivals, most of whom were rained off.

HENLEY 3rds travelled to ROYAL ASCOT looking to make amends for their heavy defeat last week. On a showery afternoon captain Jeremy Palmer won the toss and elected to bat first.

Openers Chappell and Price sought to build a solid platform from which Henley could build a decent total and went about their business in fine style.

Price (52) hit some fine cover and straight drives, while Chappell (56) played in his usual fashion of nudging and nurdling as they put on 108 for the first wicket.

When Chappell and Price were out Ward and Gurung upped the scoring rate and Henley moved to 191-2 before rain stopped play after 46 overs.

After a prolonged break the game was reduced so that Ascot had 43 overs to chase the runs.

Ascot made a steady start but then collapsed to 90-9.

Notable were Ranger and captain Palmerm, who took three wickets in three balls.

In total Ranger took three wickets and Palmer two.

Birkett bowled aggressively at the tail and took four wickets. However the last pair defied Henley for 16 overs before Birkett took the final wicket with a stunning catch by Will Ward behind the stumps.

Ward took four catches, three very good ones.

It all added up to a very comprehensive win for Henley that takes them to second in Division 3a.

The result took on added significance, given the number of other games that were rained off.

The wicket at NPL TEDDINGTON for the visit of KIDMORE END 2nds was a seam-bowler’s dream bouncy, hard and uneven.

But the weather proved schizophrenic at best, the conditions ranging from monsoon to heatwave.

Teddington won the toss and chose to bat first, sending out Haji and Kelly to begin proceedings.

Kidmore End had Jones and Green take the new ball, with Jones taking the wicket of Haji in the first over, a lengthy delivery which sprang up and flicked his gloves on the way through to the hands of wicketkeeper Berry.

It was not long before number three batsman U Patel (2) was given out in a similar fashion off Green at the other end in the second over, making it 5-2.

A brief resistance saw Kelly and Patel put on a partnership of 19, 15 of which came from Patel before he fell in the eighth over at 24-3. It was during the next over that the heavens opened, resulting in a 20-minute break.

Once play resumed Jones invited the left-handed Gardiner (2) to mis-time a cover drive and with a leading edge plonked the ball in to the safe hands of Emmanuel at mid-off. 26-4 from 10.

Bunting and Kelly provided the strongest partnership so far in the innings, putting on 30 runs before Bunting became the fourth catch for keeper Berry off the bowling of Jones.

Once again play was interrupted by rain, this time for around 40 minutes.

Emmanuel came on for Green and took Kelly (25) lbw. Pidgen put on Rathore in place of Jones, who managed to take the wickets of Churchill (26) and Deepak (40) before rain interrupted play for the third time.

Play resumed after with four overs remaining and Hodgson and Laing on strike. Pigden introduced Jones back into the attack. Hodgson (1) was caught behind by Berry, his sixth of the day. On the final ball Jones beat the advancing swipe of Laing to collide with the off stump. Teddington ended 134 from 40 overs.

Kidmore End opened with Pigden and M New, with New caught for a duck in the second over.

Kidmore End number three D New and Pigden put on a partnership of 53 before Pigden (25) was bowled by first change bowler Hodgson at 55-2.

Frost was out the following ball for a golden duck, given lbw trying to play a hockey shot. J Berry joined the batting attack and added stability as he and New added nine to the total before New (21) was caught by Patel off Laing’s bowling.

The veteran Clark managed to manufacture a partnership of 24 with Berry before Berry (2) was bowled by Bunting. Clark was joined S Berry, both acutely aware that they had 10 overs to get 40.

But Berry was bowled for 0 after four overs leaving Kidmore End 96-6 from 30.

Green went out to assist Clark in the chase, with Clark first hitting a huge six over cover, then Green thumping two large sixes over long-on.

In the first ball of the 34th over Kidmore End needed three to win and Clark pulled the ball into the air for a one bounce four over square leg to snatch the game by four wickets.

NPL Teddington

A Haji 0

M Kelly 25

U Patel 2

S Patel 15

T Gardiner 2

N Bunting 3

H Churchill 26

Deepak 40

B Laing 9

H Hodgson 1

D McCormick 1*

Extras: 10

TOTAL. 134

Best Bowling: M Jones 6-51

Kidmore End

C Pigden 25

M New 0

D New 21

R Frost 0

J Berry 2

G Clark 38*

S Berry 0

J Green 26*

Extras 23

TOTAL (6 wickets) 135

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