Thursday, 24 June 2021

Verry is the century hero as Henley topple league leaders

HENLEY 2nds lost out by 143 runs in the Division 1 home match with promotion chasing FINCHAMPSTEAD.

HENLEY 2nds lost out by 143 runs in the Division 1 home match with promotion chasing FINCHAMPSTEAD.

The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first but it was Henley who struck first as Simon Wheeler got just reward for his tight bowling by having opener House caught behind by Francis and before removing Marles a few overs later.

At the other end Russell Lane registered a rapid half century. Despite good bowling in spells by Tahir Kazmi and Zac Jones, who both picked up a wicket respectively, Finchampstead powered on as Lane struck the ball with force bringing up his century. He received good support from Ellison and Loveday before Ryan Bezuidenhout hit back with a couple of wickets, one courtesy of a fine catch by Wheeler as Finchampstead declared on 259-6.

In reply Tom Oldershaw lost his off stump. From there on in Henley never recovered as Finchampstead went on the attack and brought all the momentum with them.

Ben Francis and Nick Johnson were the only members of the top order to get past single figures.

A lower order rear guard from debutant Zac Jones, captain Furber, Simon Wheeler and Tahir Kazmi spared Henley’s blushes but they could not hold on for long enough as the rain came 20 minutes too late for Henley.

FINCHAMPSTEAD

A House, c B Francis, b S Wheeler 8

R Lane, c B Francis, b T Kazmi 133

D Marles, c R Bezuidenhout,

b S Wheeler 5

C Ellison, lbw, b Z Jones 31

G Loveday, c S Wheeler,

b R Bezuidenhout 49

S Bell, not out 10

M Stevenson, b R Bezuidenhout 13

Extras 10



TOTAL (6 wkts) 259



HENLEY 2nds

T Oldershaw, b O Armstrongwood 0

B Francis, c E Ellison, b S Taylor 19

P Dean, lbw, b A Parson 1

C Jacobsen, st S Bell, b M Uttley 9

N Johnson, c R Lane, b M Uttley 11

R Bezuidenhout, lbw, b S Taylor 1

Z Jones, c & b M Stevenson 19

G Furber, c A Parson, b S Taylor 15

T Kazmi, c R Lane, b M Stevenson 13

S Wheeler, b A Parson 20

H Iqbal, not out 0

Extras 8



TOTAL 116

KIDMORE END remain top of Division 2B despite their match at SONNING eventually being abandoned due to rain.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat on a dry pitch. Opening bowler Z Khan started with a fine spell of left arm swing bowling as he took 3-21. He removed Joe Waldron, Jeff Sheldon with a stunning Yorker and his brother, Tom Sheldon, before he could score. This left Kidmore End on 44-3 from 13 overs.

Khan was replaced by another left arm swing bowler, G Abbas, who continued the pressure removing Guy Ashby when the score had just crept on to 65. At this point the only highlight of the Kidmore innings was Prash Srinivas who had scored an invaluable 36 from 66 balls, striking seven boundaries in the process. However, he was caught sweeping, off the bowling of Ijaz, which left Kidmore on 65-5.

The sixth wicket partnership between Ul-Wahab and Crawford saw the visitors put on 84 runs. Ul-Wahab scored 44 runs from 60 deliveries, dispatching the ball to the boundary seven times. Despite this recovery to 149-5, Crawford and Ul-Wahab fell in quick succession. However, Frost and Holland mirrored their predecessors and continued the fight back.

Frost scored 16 not out, from 30 balls, but it was Holland’s innings that was the star turn. Holland hit Sharid for 27 runs from just eight balls. Holland faced just 30 balls for his eventual 41 not out as Kidmore End finished on 214-7 from their allotted overs.

The Sonning response did not start well, following an uneventful maiden from Alex Crawford to start the innings, Frost struck with his second ball, 4-1, before Kidmore took another wicket without bowling a delivery when Ijaz was unusually dismissed for being timed out.

After an appeal by captain Jeff Sheldon the umpires dismissed Ijaz for not being in a position to take guard within three minutes to leave the hosts on 4-2. Frost bowled an economic spell of 6-2-11-1 before he was replaced by Ul-Wahab. Alex Crawford posed the greatest threat to Sonning. Crawford’s sharply turning deliveries, backed up by the fielding of Guy Ashby, helped Crawford to two wickets, M Rold for 23 and M Sharid for 19.

However, to force a result was always going to be tricky, the threat of heavy downpours had been building throughout the day and a small warm-up act of a light shower had the teams leave the field, return, Crawford (12-4-37-3) take a third wicket a few runs to be scored and the sides to leave the field with the score on 84-5 when heavy rain put an end to play.

KIDMORE END

Srinivas, c Reilly, b Ijaz 36

Waldon, c Reilly, b Khan 13

J Sheldon, b Khan 1

T Sheldon, lbw, b Khan 0

Ashby, b Abbas 5

Crawford, c Reilly, b Sharid 29

Ul-Wahab, c Lanham, b Abbas 44

Frost, not out 16

Holland, not out 41

Extras 29



TOTAL (7 wkts) 214

Best bowling: Khan 3-48, Abbas 2-39.



SONNING

Rold, c Ashby, b Crawford 23

Phillips, b Frost 4

Ijaz, timed out 0

Sharid, c Ashby, b Crawford 19

Whitmore, not out 17

Lanham, lbw, b Crawford 0

Hafeez, not out 18

Extras 3



TOTAL (5 wkts) 84

Bst bowling: Crawford 3-73.

HENLEY 3rds lost out at Division 3A league leaders STOKE GREEN.

Having won the toss on a damp wicket the visitors appeared to have the upper hand when they elected to field. However, this situation was soon lost as all the Henley bowlers struggled to find their length and maintain sustained periods of pressure. This resulted in Stoke Green compiling 241-5 with Nizari showing fine placement and timing during an undefeated 125. The wickets were shared amongst the bowlers with Hayden being the most successful with 2-51.

In reply Henley struggled against the continual pressure maintained by the Stoke Green spinners. The exception to this were Naresh Budhaayer (80) and Charlie Homewood (78 not out) who put on a fine century partnership to keep Henley in the hunt.

After Budhaayer’s dismissal Stoke Green went in for the kill finishing off the Henley innings for 209. Aziz finished with figures of 8-76.

WARGRAVE were denied victory in their home Division 4B match against BRACKNELL. Winning the toss and batting first the hosts put on 294-7 with M Townsin top scoring with a knock of 100 not out.

In reply Bracknell were teetering on the edge of defeat on 154-9 when rain forced the match to be abandoned.

KIDMORE END 2nds’ Division 6B clash at Gallowstree Common was also abandoned late on against MAIDENHEAD AND BRAY 3rds.

Batting first the hosts put on 235-5 off their 523 overs. In reply Maidenhead and Bray 3rds were on 115-6 when rain stopped play.

HENLEY 4ths gained revenge over Division 7B league leaders OMT 2nds, who had previously bowled them out for their lowest ever score earlier this season, as they ran out winners by 38 runs.

Batting first Tom Chappell and Duncan Verry compiled 50 for the opening wicket before he cut loose for an impressive 109 well supported by Jack Rogers and Henry Oldershaw.

Useful innings from Sam Brabham, Sam Ranger and Ed Birkett then followed allowing Henley to declare on 220-7 after 48 overs.

Henley retained the old ball and the leg-spin combination of Alex Johnson and Jack Rogers claimed both openers but under a darkening sky with heavy rain forecast OMT were in no mood to delay the run chase and set about all the Henley bowlers at a consistent 10 runs an over.

Wickets came for Ranger and Brabham but runs still flowed until the expected rain stopped play.

At 160-5 with 30 overs remaining the game was still in the balance and to the relief of both sides the rain quickly eased allowing play to resume but when Alex Harris White trapped the OMT captain lbw it became a different game.

Chris Johnson and Ed Birkett, who had both bowled uncharacteristically wayward spells earlier, both found their radar and ran through the tail to seal a Henley win.

HENLEY 4ths

T Chappell, lbw, b Haigh 17

D Verry, c Creedy, b Mayer 109

J Rogers, lbw, b Shah 14

H Oldershaw, run out 18

A Johnson, c Bendall, b Shah 0

S Brabham, b Shah 18

S Ranger, not out 11

A Harris White, b Shah 3

E Birkett, not out 12

Extras 16



TOTAL (7 wkts) 220



OMT 2nds

W Bendall, b A Johnson 8

R Velengiri, c Birkett, b Rogers 11

K Haigh, b Ranger 35

S Boardley, c Verry, b Brabham 28

M Winkle, c Rogers, b C Johnson 34

G Edwards, lbw, b Harris White 10

J Creedy, lbw, b C Johnson 2

S Saujani, b C Johnson 0

A Wingfield, b C Johnson 0

J Mayer, c P Chappell, b Birkett 4

D Shah, not out 0

Extras 50



TOTAL 182

Best bowling: C Johnson 4-16.



Division 8B league leaders WARGRAVE 2nds eased to an eight-wicket victory at HILLINGDON MANOR 3rds.

The hosts won the toss and batted first but were dismissed for 171. In reply Wargrave eased to victory in just 34.3 overs as they closed on 175-2.

KIDMORE END 3rds lost their unbeaten record when they went down to a five-wicket defeat at BRACKNELL 2nds. Bracknell won the toss and put the league leaders into bat first where they set about dismissing them for just 88 runs.

In reply Bracknell eased to victory as they hit 89 runs for the loss of five wickets.

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