Thursday, 29 July 2021

Ashton and Windsor guide side to long awaited home victory

PREMIER DIVISION league leaders WOODCOTE took full advantage of good batting conditions at CHECKENDON on Saturday as openers James Wheeler

PREMIER DIVISION league leaders WOODCOTE took full advantage of good batting conditions at CHECKENDON on Saturday as openers James Wheeler and Will MacDonald put on 130 in 21 overs.

Despite a fine spell of 5-30 in 12 overs from Vikas Chib, Checkendon were unable to prevent the visitors reaching 250-6 and declaring after 40 overs.

Macdonald, in scoring 68, took his run tally for the league season beyond the 500 mark.

The hosts then suffered a nightmare start to their reply when John Acland-Hood was bowled by Macdonald from the first ball of the innings.

Ash Talreja and Stewart Manning fought back with a 52 run fourth wicket stand before a further collapse left Surya Poodipeddi and Harry Wickens to restore some respectability with a last wicket partnership of 29 which took Checkendon to 140 all out in the face of another impressive performance by Woodcote.

Best bowling: Macdonald 3-28.e_SClBWEST READING eased to victory at home against PEPPARD at the University Ground.

The hosts won the toss and put Peppard into bat first. Andy Watts provided the backbone to the innings, almost carrying his bat, but his 63 was meagrely supported by Senthil Muniyasamy, Ashley Hayden and a strong knock of 29 by Hugh Asquith.

Peppard were well placed on 150-5 by the 38th over but three quick strikes by Adam Davidson in successive overs restricted them to 185-8 by the close.

Davidson gave West Reading the solid foundation they needed as he and Mubin Khan added 84 for the third wicket. When Davidson was out for 63 with the total, in the 28th over, 126-5, the match was almost won.

It was left to Hafeez ul Wahab and Fahad Raja to see West Reading home in the 40th over.

Peppard’s main successes came from Ian Jackson’s 2-38 and Ashley Hayden’s 3-47.

STOKE ROW’S South African trio turned on the style as the hosts secured their first home win since 2011 against WOODLEY.

Stand-in captain Richard Ashton won the toss and surprisingly asked the visitors to bat on a hot day.

Sam Fletcher removed Hamza Akram in the opening stages but Richard Stanley and Zahid Abbasi helped Woodley take control.

A fine spell of off spin from 17-year-old Harry Jordan helped the hosts gain a measure of control and he dismissed Stanley to leave Woodley 87-2.

The crucial passage of play came when Matt Hopper ripped through the middle order with three wickets in two overs to leave Woodley on 108-5.

Abbasi continued to accumulate but despite a late assault from Mark Barney, the accuracy of Dion Sampson saw Woodley slip to 178 all out.

In reply Jordan and Will Bishop batted sensibly to negate the new ball before the latter was bowled by Kashif Ali. Following Hopper and Sampson’s efforts, debutant Jono Mackey made it a day for the South Africans as his free-flowing 45 helped Stoke Row take control.

Fletcher’s 36 proved instrumental in leading the Falcons towards their target but he became Abbasi’s third victim to leave Stoke 154-5.

Hopper counter-attacked in thrilling fashion and left Stoke Row needing just two to win when he was bowled by Abbasi.

The job was completed by Ashton and Nick Windsor as Stoke Row closed the gap on the sides just outside the relegation zone.e_SClBWOODLEY

GORING slipped to the foot of Division 1 following a heavy defeat away at RUISLIP VICTORIA.

The hosts batted first and put on 193-9. In reply Goring were skittled out for just 118.

PEPPARD 2nds had their first winning draw of the season in Division 2 when they hosted SHINFIELD.

Winning the toss Peppard batted first and lost two wickets for the first 37 runs. However, Brock and Peedell put on 61 before Brock was out lbw playing off the front foot.

Legg joined Peedell and their partnership of 122 put Peppard on top before both were out with Legg on 70.

Richard Woolfrey joined brother Mike and both put on 48 as Peppard reached 270-5.

Chard and Mayers opened the bowling with the old ball and Shinfield were 39-2 after 12 overs as Peppard held a grip on the game. However, Stewart batted well and made 60 not out but wickets fell at the other end as Shinfield were 232-8 after 45 overs.

Chard finished with best bowling figures for the host with 3-47.

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