Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Sampson among wickets as Stoke Row dig in for draw

PREMIER Division league leaders WOODCOTE were knocked off top spot last Saturday following a six-wicket loss away to WOODLEY.

PREMIER Division league leaders WOODCOTE were knocked off top spot last Saturday following a six-wicket loss away to WOODLEY.

Asked to bat first visitors Woodcote were soon in trouble losing three wickets with the score below 50.

Mike Stroker and Qasim Ali batted well to put on 96 together with Stroker achieving his half-century but thereafter wickets tumbled again.

In reply Woodley raced to a six-wicket win in only 27 overs to complete the double over Woodcote who dropped to second place.

Opener Andy Watts hit an undefeated 90 as PEPPARD overcame visitors SOUTH WEST READING by eight wickets.

The visitors won the toss and chose to bat. Roy Hayden yielded only 10 runs off his first seven overs while at the other end Andy Watts maintained his impressive form as he took four wickets. When they were changed after 22 overs, South East Reading were in trouble at 61-5.

Captain Zafar Ali then scored fairly freely until caught by Muniyasamy on 47. A late flourish of 40 from 31 balls by Raja Rafaqat, supporting Zafar, with later help from Adeel Razaq saw the visitors to 177 at close, as Ashley Hayden disposed of the tail and Ian Jackson helped himself to two wickets.

Peppard made a cautious start in response, losing Mick Chard junior early. Jake Leach helped to steady the ship until out with the total 78. Richard Walker’s innings was terminated early by a suspected torn hamstring and by the 33rd over the scores were even although Peppard had the advantage of wickets in hand.

However Watts saw his side home as he hit 90 not out which included 15 fours off 132 balls faced. Watts was well supported by a late blitz from Muniyasamy who ushered Peppard to 35 points with five overs to spare.

STOKE ROW avoided defeat for the third week in a row as they salvaged a losing draw against title-chasing MORTIMER WEST END.

Stoke Row captain Paddy Hennessy asked the defending champions to bat and was rewarded as pace merchant Dion Sampson ripped through the top order.

The South African dominated the opening skirmishes and with Nick Kingston caught by Nick Windsor off the bowling of Allan May, Mortimer West End were 42-4.

A pivotal partnership between youngster Alex Mackenzie and Steve Audsley helped the visitors rebuild, and the pair took the score to 137 before the latter was dismissed by Sam Fletcher. Mackenzie reached his century, ending unbeaten on 104 as Mortimer West End totalled 189-7.

Stoke Row replied in cautious but solid fashion with the promoted Windsor providing the highlight moment with a straight six.

Audsley continued his fine day as Stoke Row suffered a mini-collapse at 57-4 before Fletcher and Hennessy steadied the ship.

Bob Hodson removed both batsmen to all but end Stoke Row’s hopes of victory.

However Oratory School teacher Ian Jordan - on his seasonal debut - showed his class and shepherded the Stoke Row tail to safety on 149-9 despite the best efforts of Mortimer skipper Ken Allsobrook.

Third-placed SULHAMSTEAD targeted maximum points from their visit to basement-side CHECKENDON but were ultimately defied by the hosts.

Batting first on a fast scoring ground, the visitors reached 244-5 in just 42 overs thanks to an innings of 68 from both Chris Mercer and Jamie Serad.

Tony Breakspear was the pick of the Checkendon bowlers, taking 2-30 in 10 overs.

The home side reached 91-3 by the 17th over of their reply thanks to Steward Manning and Vikas Chib but collapsed to 150-8 with 12 overs remaining and the predominantly right arm seam and swing attack of Sulhamstead for whom 19-year-old Doug Macdonald who took 3-33.

Sridhar Pydipati led the resistance with a determined 55 and the visitors missed the chance to secure victory with the last pair at the wicket.

Division 1 basement side GORING lost out at home to WALTHAM ST LAWRENCE.

Batting first the visitors posted 272-5 declared off 42 overs. In reply Goring were all out for 254 with Andy Steele top scoring with 79.

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