GREYS GREEN ran out winners against local rivals HARPSDEN on Saturday in a game that was restricted to 30 overs
GREYS GREEN ran out winners against local rivals HARPSDEN on Saturday in a game that was restricted to 30 overs due to rain.
Inserted by the hosts, Harpsden struggled against good bowling, married to equally good fielding and catches by Ahmed, Shafqat and Evans.
Stevens fell just short of his half-century, with his team precariously poised on 81-9. A spirited counter-attack by the last wicket pairing of Hayward and R Birkett took Harpsden to 127-9 at the end of their overs.
Greys Green made slow progress in reply as Knight was bowled by Stevens after an opening partnership of 30 with Shafqat. Skilleter helped the score to 68 before he was stumped by Stanley. Although losing few wickets, Greys were falling behind the required rate and 25 were needed off the last three overs and 14 off the last, whereupon Shafqat found two sixes and the winning run was scored off the final ball.
A Birkett, c Ahmed, b Rooke 6
H Ellis, c Shafqat, b Ahmed 5
A Lloyd, b Shafqat 7
W Stevens, c Evans, b Skilleter 47
J Bradley, b Shafqat 0
T Hancock, b Skilleter 0
J Stanley, c Knight, b Skilleter 2
J Harris, lbw, b Shafqat 0
A Morgan, run out 1
M Hayward, not out 28
R Birkett, not out 19
TOTAL (9 wkts) 127
Best bowling: M Skilleter 3-9, M Shafqat 3-26.
M Shafqat, not out 49
J Knight, b Stevens 10
M Skilleter, st Stanley, b Hayward 31
T Rooke, b Hancock 12
M Evans, not out 11
TOTAL (3 wkts) 128
GREYS GREEN found themselves in the field at COOKHAM DEAN on Sunday where, despite rain all around, the ground stayed dry.
Despite decent bowling, the ball was frequently despatched to the boundary, in particular by Pyn and Shaw. With healthy contributions from both Brookes and Seddon, Cookham reached 219-7 at tea. Greys Green handled the home attack without too much difficulty but could not find the boundary with the same frequency and found themselves falling further behind the rate.
Holroyd top-scored with 49, Shafqat made 44 and Knight 33 but, come the end of their 40 overs, Greys were stranded on 178-5.