Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Crawford’s five-wicket haul helps Kidmore to victory

JASON BARBER’S century was not enough to prevent HENLEY 2nds going down to defeat away to league leaders AMERSHAM in

JASON BARBER’S century was not enough to prevent HENLEY 2nds going down to defeat away to league leaders AMERSHAM in Division 1.

New skipper Graham Furber lost the toss and Amersham had no hesitation batting first on a good batting wicket.

Opening bowlers Iqbal and Wheeler started well and Iqbal had Friederichs caught at slip by Cameron Jacobsen for 8.

Henley continued with seam from one end and spin from the other, the introduction of Jacobsen resulting in him bowling opener Viney with a delivery knocking back his off stump.

Henley continued with spin and good bowling from Tahir Kazmi and Jacobsen managed to get the run rate down. Ben Francis claimed two stumpings, one each off Kazmi and Jacobsen.

Jacobsen finished with his best bowling figures for Henley, claiming 6-85 in 14 overs. Amersham finished their innings on 262-8.

Henley openers Peter Dean and Tom Oldershaw got off to a good start against some tight bowling from Amersham. When Dean fell to Rogers, this brought Jason Barber to the wicket, and he and Oldershaw took the attack to the Amersham bowlers, both reaching their 50s in quick time, Oldershaw recording his first half century for the season in Division 1.

Oldershaw lost his wicket to spinner Douglas, Jacobsen came to the crease and became Douglas’ second victim without scoring.

Nick Johnson and Barber continued to attack the Amersham bowlers, Barber hitting Douglas for three sixes in a row. Johnson fell to Douglas bringing Ryan Bezuidenhout to the wicket. Henley had now managed to reduce the required rate to around seven an over from nine.

Bezuidenhout raced to 21 while Barber continued the onslaught reaching his second league century of the season. A mistake with Bezuidenhout led to Barber’s run out on 105 bringing skipper Furber to the wicket.

Furber was bowled by Lines and Francis was run out leading to a mini collapse. Henley ended 245 all out.

Division 2B league leaders KIDMORE END destroyed bottom-of-the-table READING 2nds at Gallowstree Common.

After winning the toss Kidmore End chose to bat first, as they pursued the maximum 25 points. This pursuit did not start as hoped as Joe Dixon was caught without scoring. Jeff Sheldon came in at three to partner Joe Waldron who led an onslaught against the hapless Reading bowlers.

The bowlers insisted on bowling short against Waldron who cut and pulled them without remorse. When Jeff Sheldon was caught in the covers for 8 he and Waldron had put on 60 together of which Waldron had scored 48.

Waldron only lasted three more overs but had reached 62 when he was out with the majority of the runs coming from boundaries. Kidmore End were 82-3.

The next wicket was to fall 153 runs later. Tom Sheldon and Scott Addyman batted in contrasting but equally effective styles. Tom Sheldon scored 83 before being caught while Scott Addyman finished on 76 not out as Kidmore declared in the 48th over on 244-7.

In reply Frost and Crawford, bowling with the old ball, destroyed Reading. After 10 overs Frost had figures of 5-3-8-2 and Crawford 5-5-0-3 as Reading were reeling on 8-5.

A change of bowling after a little resistance meant Abi ul-Wahab picked up a wicket and at this point Reading provided a little more resistance.

M Mali and T Walder played some aggressive shots but after some clever changes of pace by Alex Crawford, Mali was caught and bowled by Crawford for 32.

Frost was then introduced to the attack where he took the new ball and dismissed the two tailenders.

WARGRAVE ran out winners away to THATCHAM TOWN 2nds in Division 4B.

The visitors won the toss and put the hosts into bat first. Thatcham were then dismissed for 152.

In reply Wargrave, helped by C Sidrey hitting 78, won the match by six wickets as they reached 155-4 off 28.1 overs.

In Division 6B KIDMORE END 2nds suffered a heavy defeat in their run chase at FLEET 2nds.

The hosts, who won the toss and elected to bat, posted 234-9 off 49 overs. In reply Kidmore End were bowled out for 111.

Division 8B league leaders WARGRAVE 2nds eased to a three-wicket win at home to HAREFIELD 4ths.

The visitors, batting first, were skittled out for 181 with R Finch taking 5-49.

In reply Wargrave 2nds lost wickets as they reached the required total, ending on 185-7 with J Noah top scoring on 56.

KIDMORE END 3rds remain 31 points clear at the top of Division 9A after beating YATELEY 4ths.

Batting first visitors Yateley were bowled out for 189.

In reply Kidmore End 3rds won the match with two wickets in hand as they closed on 192-8.

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