Monday, 21 June 2021

Stubborn tail-enders hold on to deny league leaders

HENLEY 2nds remain rooted to the foot of Division 1 after going down to a 79-run defeat at home against

HENLEY 2nds remain rooted to the foot of Division 1 after going down to a 79-run defeat at home against EVERSLEY.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first on a hot day at Nettlebed.

Openers Alex Davidson and Scott Dyer both posted half centuries as Eversley declared on 247-5 after 50 overs. Ryan Bezuidenhout was the pick of the Henley bowlers as he took 2-49.

In reply Henley found scoring runs hard to come by as they were skittled out for 168. Opener Thomas Oldershaw top scored for the hosts with 41 while Bezuidenhout chipped in with 35.

Division 2B league leaders KIDMORE END were held to a draw at second-placed THATCHAM TOWN.

Kidmore skipper Jeff Sheldon won a toss and chose to bat first on the hard Thatcham pitch.

Joe Dixon and Tom Sheldon put on an opening stand of 67 for the visitors before Sheldon was bowled by the in-swing medium pace bowling of Gibson.

Gibson bowled for 16 overs unchanged and finished with figures of 18-5-64-2.

When the second wicket fell with the score on 77 it brought Joe Dixon and Joe Waldron together and they added 45 for the third wicket. Dixon had a lapse in concentration and was caught off the bowling of Williams for 52.

Kidmore End’s middle order stalled as they then lost three wickets in five overs for just nine runs. After 38 overs the score was on 128 but the lower middle order and tail salvaged the situation.

Alex Crawford, David New, Abi ul-Waheed and A Holland attacked the bowling in the last 10 overs of the innings and added 60 runs. Both Crawford and ul-Waheed hit sixes. Kidmore closed on 200 to pick up 10 batting points. Kidmore End started aggressively with the old ball. Frost took two wickets and Crawford took one, thanks to a good catch by Joe Waldron at first slip to leave Thatcham on 22-3.

J Young and D Johnson got the hosts’ innings back on track as they scored quickly to put on 69 for the third wicket before Young was out, spectacularly caught by Tom Sheldon. Soon after ul-Wahab, the benefactor of the Sheldon catch, took another wicket.

Jeff Sheldon took the new ball and re-introduced Frost to the attack and he took the wicket of O’Flynn. Three wickets had fallen for four runs and when Crawford came back on to bowl, replacing the tiring ul-Waheed, another two wickets fell, one caught at mid-off and another to a run out from a Tom Sheldon throw. Thatcham were in trouble at 130-8.

Crawford and Frost kept coming at the batsman and when Crawford captured the ninth wicket of Bird for 0 Kidmore looked favourites to win.

However, despite the persistence of Frost and Crawford, they both beat the bat repetitively and had catches dropped, they could not take the last wicket.

D Johnson hit 66 not out from 106 balls to save the innings.

HENLEY 3rds crashed to a nine-wicket Division 3A defeat at home against HURST at Harpsden.

The hosts’ captain Palmer won the toss and decided to bat first. This proved initially to be a good call, as after the early loss of Price, Henley top order batsmen Kenworthy and Budhaayer piled on the runs.

The introduction of Hurst bowler Higgs put an end to Henley’s good start. In an impressive display of spin bowling, Higgs dispatched both Kenworthy (43) and Budhaayer (46). With the help of James, the two bowlers accelerated through the Henley middle order, claiming the wickets of Gurung, Homewood, Legg, Neville and Palmer, in a rampage leaving Henley floundering on 120-8.

A brief resistance from Henley’s Ranger and Hopkins ensued, allowing the home side to reach 144 before Higgs struck again to leave the hosts all out.

Good opening spells from both Palmer and Gurung (0-15) restricted and frustrated both Smith and Hibbs, the latter eventually fell to Palmer (1-23) lbw for 12. A bowling change saw Budhaayer (0-34) have a crack at the batsman with his off spin, at times completely bamboozling both players and bowling five maidens.

The other Henley bowlers were unsuccessful as Smith (77 not out) and Singh (51 not out) eventually saw Hurst home to a comfortable victory.

Dan Davies hit an undefeated century to help WARGRAVE run out winners at COVE 2nds in Division 4B.

The visitors won the toss and put Cove into bat first. Dilaway hit a century as the hosts posted a 252-7.

In reply Wargrave eased past the required total to win the match with Davies hitting 107 not out, helped along by knocks of 54 by opener Sohi and 64 not out by Euan Woods.

KIDMORE END 2nds lost out at home to Division 6B league leaders STOKE GREEN 2nds.

The Gallowstree Common side won the toss and elected to bat first and with the help of M New hitting 58, posted 201-9. In reply Stoke Green eased to 203-4 off just 46 overs to win the match.

HENLEY 4ths secured their third Division 7B win of the season at WYCOMBE DRAGONS 2nds.Henley lost the toss and were put into field first. Brabham and Chappel started well to restrict the Wycombe openers.

Brabham made the first breakthrough through a good chase and throw to leave Haddon run out by a few feet taking a second run.

Casterton picked up runs steadily and Pugh hit any bad ball cleanly before Rogers, replacing Chappel, had Pugh caught behind. Johnson, replacing Brabham, picked off Casterton to turn the momentum in Henley’s favour.

Rogers picked up another wicket before being replaced with Pratley who bowled tightly and picked up two wickets including the clean hitting Russell.

Johnson was the pick of the bowling with 4-18 and Laing took a catch over his shoulder to end the Wycombe innings.

Henley started steadily against the pace of Riaz and Patel but Walsh and Manoharan applied themselves and slowly accumulated runs.

Walsh fell to Patel in the only loss of a wicket as Henley eased home thanks to a fine innings by Manoharan supported by Rogers. Manoharan who started slowly ended the innings with a flurry, the final 50 runs coming in just six overs.

WYCOMBE DRAGONS 2nds

C Haddon, run out 7

T Casterton, b Johnson 24

M Pugh, c Manoharan, b Rogers 29

D Scott, c Oldershaw, b Rogers 5

S Riaz, c Walsh, b Johnson 11

K Patel, c Taylor, b Johnson 5

C Russell, c Taylor, b Pratley 10

A King, b Johnson 0

T Russel, not out 1

M Johnstone, c Laing, b Pratley 0

Extras 11



TOTAL 103



HENLEY 4ths

H Manoharan, not out 64

L Walsh, b Patel 8

J Rogers, not out 19

Extras 13



TOTAL (1 wkt) 104



Division 8B league leaders WARGRAVE eased to a comfortable home win against HAYES 3rds. The hosts, who won the toss, put on 210-5 off 45 overs with M Woods top scoring with 70. In reply the visitors were skittled out for just 126.

KIDMORE END 3rds maintained pole position in Division 9A with victory at home against NPL TEDDINGTON 3rds.

The visitors batted first and were bowled out for 169. In reply Kidmore End eased to victory as they posted 171 for the loss of seven wickets.

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