Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Kidmore’s unbeaten run finally comes to an end at Boyne Hill

DIVISION 1 basement side HENLEY 2nds held on for a draw at home to WOKINGHAM last Saturday.

DIVISION 1 basement side HENLEY 2nds held on for a draw at home to WOKINGHAM last Saturday.

Henley won the toss and put the visitors into bat first at the Brakspear Ground.

Steve Smidt top scored for Wokingham as they posted a score of 210-9.

Dan Hayden finished with figures of 3-58 while both Ryan Bezuidenhout and Simon Wheeler both chipped in with two wickets apiece.

In reply Paul Dewick took five wickets as the visitors tore into the home batting. However, Graham Furber and number 11 batsman Humza Iqbal held on to secure a draw for Henley who closed on 126-9.

KIDMORE END’S undefeated run in Division 2B came to an end as they lost out at BOYNE HILL.

With six first team players missing, most of them batsmen, Kidmore lost the toss and were put into bat.

W Maharoof opened the bowling for Boyne Hill where he bowled with accuracy and patience to finish with figures of 19 overs, five maidens, four wickets for a miserly 41 runs.

Rain interruption and regular wickets meant Kidmore End could never settle into any rhythm.

There were starts by Prash Srinivas (12), Jeff Sheldon (13), David New (12) and A Holland (10), but none of these batsmen managed to go on to score substantially.

James Frost top scored with 27 not out despite being dropped twice and the keeper failed to stump him once. Kidmore End were eventually dismissed for 94 runs.

Frost bowled well swinging the ball and picking up two wickets, one thanks to a reflex catch by Srinivas in the slips. Ben Berryman bowled accurately and fast but without luck while Jeff Sheldon picked up one caught and bowled.

Muji Fernando was too good on the day and his 50 helped Boyne Hill to a seven wicket victory.

HENLEY 3rds suffered a nine-wicket Division 3A defeat at a windswept Nettlebed against SLOUGH 2nds.

After a series of intermittent showers play began after a half-hour delay.

Slough won the toss and elected to bowl and their combination of youth and experience made for a testing start for Henley openers Tom Chappell and Will Ward, with the latter being dismissed early on by Syed.

Prakash Gurung proceeded to lay a stable foundation with the remaining opener until Chappell swiped unsuccessfully at Jetty and was promptly castled.

Gurung fell for 20 when adjudged lbw to a ball that nipped back. Viljoen and Palmer came and went as Henley were teetering at 90-5.

Homewood was caught at slip off the bowling of Akhtar for 40, while Hopkins’ heave at Jetty succeeded only in finding backward point. The tail was mopped up to leave Henley 102 all out.

In reply Palmer elected to take the old ball, entrusting it to himself and leg-spinner Sam Ranger.

Ranger struck first removing Ali Ahmed with a ball that held its line and struck him on the pad.

Gheyas Khan and Slough’s number three dealt with Birkett’s aggression and Hopkins’ cunning with the new ball, before cutting loose as their target approached with increasing rapidity. The winning runs were struck with a fine blow over cover.

WARGRAVE ran out winners by six wickets in their Division 4B encounter at NORTH MAIDENHEAD 2nds.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first but were duly dismissed for just 110. In reply M Sohi top scored for Wargrave with a knock of 60 as the visitors eased to victory in just 21.3 overs as they closed their innings on 111-4.

KIDMORE END 2nds held on for a draw in their home Division 6B clash with TEDDINGTON TOWN 2nds.

The Gallowstree Common side won the toss and put the visitors into bat first. Teddington went on to score 183-8 with Wilcox top scoring with 78.

In reply Kidmore End found scoring runs hard to come by but they held on for a draw as they ended on 107-8.

HENLEY 4ths slipped to second from bottom in Division 7B after going down to a seven-wicket defeat at WOOBURN NARKOVIANS 2nds. Wooburn won the toss and put Henley into bat where they went on dismiss the visitors for just 73 runs.

In reply the hosts eased to victory in just 12.3 overs as they scored 74 with the loss of just three wickets.

WARGRAVE 2nds increased their lead at the top of Division 8B to 18 points despite only drawing at home to ROYAL ASCOT 4ths. In a rain-affected match the visitors won the toss and put Wargrave into bat first where the hosts posted 154-8 off 36 overs.

In reply Royal Ascot found scoring hard to come by as they settled for a draw, scoring 50-4 off their 34 allotted overs.

KIDMORE END 3rds home match with STOKE GREEN 3rds was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch.

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