Worsfold’s six-wicket haul helps side leapfrog leaders
WOODCOTE surged to the top of the Premier Division following a four-wicket win over previous table-toppers WEST READING at Reading
WOODCOTE surged to the top of the Premier Division following a four-wicket win over previous table-toppers WEST READING at Reading University on Saturday.
The hosts were put in to bat by Woodcote skipper Titch Vickers and were never allowed to show any fluency with their batting thanks to a fine bowling display by all four Woodcote bowlers.
Jonny Clark and Mark Pearson bowled hostile opening spells with Pearson conceding only 41 runs in a 12 over spell which included 16 consecutive ‘dot balls’ but unluckily did not produce a single wicket.
After the opening spell the accurate medium pace of Paul Knox and the slow bowling of James Worsfold did the rest. Worsfold took six wickets in his 11 over spell with the help of Steve Henderson who took three catches. West Reading were bowled out on the last ball of their allotted overs.
Woodcote openers Will Macdonald and Rhod James rode the early storm from the West Reading attack with an opening stand worth 92 runs to provide the visitors with a good platform from which to win the match.
With most of the other batsmen weighing in with helpful runs, victory was achieved with three overs to spare as Knox hit the winning runs.
A Davidson, c Vickers, b Knox 22
S Khan, b Clark 27
Raheem, c Clark, b Worsfold 92
U Mahood, c Henderson,
b Worsfold 1
M Ahmed, b Knox 19
Ashraf, lbw, b Worsfold 3
F Raja, b Worsfold 3
Iqbal, c Henderson, b Worsfold 5
N Raja, c Vickers, b Knox 6
Raziq, c Henderson, b Worsfold 14
T Yousuf, not out 0
Best bowling: J Worsfold 6-62.e_SClBWOODCOTE
R James, b Yousuf 36
W Macdonald, c S Khan,
b Davidson 76
C Henderson, st F Khan,
b Davidson 10
J Wheeler, c Ahmed, b Davidson 23
P K ox, not out 29
R van Heerden, b S Khan 9
M Vickers, b N Raja 4
J Worsfold, not out 4
TOTAL (6 wkts) 204
PEPPARD ran out winners by 51 runs in their home match against local rivals STOKE ROW.
The hosts won the toss and chose to bat. Despite a steady start by Andy Watts and Mick Chard junior, from 91-3 wickets tumbled regularly as Peppard were all out for 153 on a good, dry track. Dion Simpson took 5-40 for the visitors while Matt Hopper took 3-40.
Losing wickets regularly, Stoke Row could not establish any momentum. Despite 18 each from Richard Ashton, opening, and later efforts by Matt Kimber and Nick Windsor, the visitors subsided to 102 all out.
Ian Jackson and Roy Hayden both took three wickets each while Tim Vines and Senthooran Jeyakanthan took two wickets each.
A Watts, c D Sampson, b H Jordan 27
M Chard jnr, c M Hopper,
b D Sampson 44
S Fooks, b M Hopper 6
S Muniyasamy, c M Hennessy,
b D Sampson 19
T Vines, c H Jordan, b D Sampson 10
P Thangaraah, c M Hennessy,
b D Sampson 3
S Jeyakanthan, not out 18
A Hayden, st M Hennessy,
b D Sampson 0
M Peedell, b M Hopper 2
R Hayden, lbw, b M Hopper 0
I Jackson, b H Jordan 6
Best bowling: D Sampson 5-40, M Hopper 3-40, H Jordan 2-25.e_SClBSTOKE ROW
R Ashton, c & b R Hayden 18
P Duncan, b S Jeyakanthan 0
H Jordan, c I Jackson, b T Vines 9
S Fletcher, b I Jackson 7
M Hopper, b R Hayden 12
D Sampson, b R Hayden 0
A May, lbw, b I Jackson 0
M Kimber, b S Jeyakanthan 18
M Hennessy, c A Watts, b T Vines 9
N Windsor, b T Vines 18
K Taylor, not out 0
Best bowling: I Jackson 3-27, R Hayden 3-42, T Vines 2-6, S Jeyakanthan 2-18.
MORTIMER WEST END openers Johnson and Kingston gave their team the perfect start at CHECKENDON by putting on 116 in 19 overs.
The home side fought back thanks to a fine spell of medium pace from Vikas Chib who finished with 2-32 in 12 overs. The visitors still managed to reach 242-6 off their 45 overs.
Checkendon replied with an opening partnership of 62 between Stewart Manning and Jim Warren.
Once this was broken by swing bowler Hodson, who took 4-27, the home side were unable to overcome the pressure imposed by the Mortimer West End bowlers and fielders.
Their resistance was only ended when the last wicket fell to the penultimate ball of the match giving victory to the visitors by 85 runs.
MORTIMER WEST END
Johnson, b Poodipeddi,
b M Wickens 72
Kingston, c Hedge, b Chib 66
A McKenzie, c Tiwari, b Chib 6
T McKenzie, c Manning,
b A Breakspear 42
Deshmuckh, c Duraisamy,
b M Wickens 7
Hodson, st Badri, b Duraisamy 33
Audsley, not out 8
Deald, not out 0
TOTAL (6 wkts) 242
Best bowling: Chib 2-32, M Wickens 2-61.
J Warren, lbw, b Hodson 23
S Manning, lbw, b Johnson 39
V Chib, c Deshmuckh, b Kingston 28
K Prakash, c Patrick, b Hodson 3
S Badri, b Kingston 12
V Duraisamyu, c Audsley, b Patrick 4
S Hedge, c Deshmuckh, b Johnson 25
S Poodipoddi, c Deshmuckh,
b Hodson 11
A Breakspear, not out 0
R Tiwari, lbw, b Hodson 2
M Wickens, lbw, b Kingston 1
Best bowling: Hodson 4-27, Kingston 3-41.
GORING remain in relegation trouble in Division 1 after losing out at WELFORD PARK.
Goring batted first and put on 168-9 with Will Smith top scoring with 57.
In reply Welford Park eased to 169-2 to win the match.
PEPPARD 2nds remain rooted to the foot of Division 2 despite picking up a draw at home to SULHAMSTEAD 2nds. The hosts won the toss and put the visitors into bat first where the opening partnership put on 73 runs before the first wicket fell.
The score was on 224 before the next wicket fell as Doole posted 122 and Belcher 54. Mick Chard took four wickets as Sulhamstead ended their innings on 260-6.
In reply Peppard were soon in trouble at 23-3 before Walker came to the crease and hit an unbeaten 93 not out.
Peppard struggled to keep up with the scoring rate as they held on for a draw, closing on 196-6.