Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Ranger’s gallant seven-wicket haul not enough for Henley

HENLEY 2nds went down to a five-wicket defeat at home to Division 1 promotion chasers CHESHAM on Saturday.

HENLEY 2nds went down to a five-wicket defeat at home to Division 1 promotion chasers CHESHAM on Saturday.

Deputy captain Ryan Bezuidenhout won the toss and elected to bat first in the hope of making Chesham chase the win that they would need to keep their title hopes alive.

After stroking a boundary off his first ball Tom Oldershaw was caught in a juggling slip cordon to give Chesham the early breakthrough.

Ben Francis and Cameron Jacobsen consolidated in the face of a Kenyan international bowler but they both fell in quick succession to a combination of another rebounded catch in the cordon and spin bowling from first change Rance.

Pete Dean and Nick Johnson put on a 60-run partnership which ended when Johnson was caught at extra cover via the bowler a dismissal that had already happened twice before in the same innings.

While Dean drove and cut his way to his comeback half century he did not receive any more support from the lower and middle order as Henley collapsed from a promising 130-4 to 163 all out.

After a solid start from both openers the breakthrough was made as Francis took a catch off the miserly Dan Hayden down the leg side.

This brought Hayden two more wickets as Johnson clung on low down at second slip before a well-disguised slower ball was missed to leave Chesham three wickets down and with one eye on the scoreboard.

Their situation got worse as Andy White hustled a run out to leave Henley with a glimmer of hope.

Chesham’s pro Odhiambo took the attack to Henley, looking to finish the match quickly. After a few slices of luck he began to find his range and won the match with a knock of 57.

KIDMORE END had their lead at the top of Division 2B cut to just six points after they lost away at BURNHAM.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first and spinners S Ahmed and M Ahmed stifled Kidmore’s progress.

Srinivas, Ashby, Sinclair, Waldron, Addyman and J Sheldon all got themselves set only to then lose their wicket, all of these batsmen were dismissed with scores between 10 and 18.

Other than Crawford’s 31 with two well struck sixes the batsmen never broke the shackles of the spin bowlers. S Ahmed finished with figures of 16-6-34-3 and M Ahmed ended with figures of 14.4-5-36-5 as Kidmore were all out for 155.

Despite the efforts of James Frost, the only real threat came from the spin bowling of Alex Crawford who took five wickets. However, Kidmore End did not have another spin bowler to accompany him and Waqar Ahmed played the turning ball well as his 42 not out helped his side recover from 86-5.

Ahmed’s steadying influence with assistance from M Asif meant that Burnham eased past the Kidmore total with three overs to spare and four wickets in hand.

HENLEY 3rds lost their Division 3A fixture at CHALFONT ST PETER by just two wickets after bowler Sam Ranger finished with career best bowling figures of 7-51.

Having won the toss the visitors were soon in trouble losing both openers with 33 on the board, but the balance was restored with a 50 partnership between Paul Smith (36) and Naresh Budhaayer (65). Once Smith was caught behind Manoharan joined Budhaayer.

The introduction of Nadeen to the bowling attack had an immediate effect removing three Henley batsmen within three overs. With their middle order blown away the visitors were teetering on 138-6, with Budhaayer holding firm.

Henley struggled to get the tight off spin of Din away as he chipped away at the lower order and they fell short of their 200 target by 10 runs.

Electing to take the old ball, spinners Ranger and Gurung had little effect against some good players of spin. Despite numerous bowling changes the breakthrough seemed elusive.

It was only when the new ball was taken by Nathan Hopkins that any inroads were made as he struck with his first delivery having Ahmed caught by Gurung at cover.

Despite this wicket Chalfont appeared to be moving towards the finish line and Henley to a crushing defeat as opener Din cruised to his hundred.

The Henley skipper changed his bowlers to try to find a combination to make this game competitive and found the answer in leg spinner Sam Ranger.

Ranger struck straight away enticing Din to hit a return catch. In his next few overs he struck with regularity taking four wickets in one over including a hat-trick.

With 15 runs needed to win Ranger continued his one-man demolition job on the home side taking two further wickets. However, Henley’s lack of runs lost them the game as Chalfont crept home by two wickets. Sam Ranger finished with career best figures of 7-51.

WARGRAVE maintained their push for promotion as they ran out winners at home to SONNING 2nds in Division 4B.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first and put on 175-9. In reply Wargrave reached thier target of 176 for the loss of just four wickets with A Woods top scoring with 51.

Impressive performances from Mark New with 103 not out and five wickets from Ben Berryman set up a 32-run Division 6B victory for KIDMORE END 2nds over THEALE AND TILEHURST 2nds at Gallowstree Common.

Kidmore, batting first, saw captain Chris Pigden out early on for 5, lbw, while David New was bowled by a late swinging Yorker from Bozarth for 4 leaving the hosts on on 12-2.

Mark New and Tom Bodeker took Kidmore to 47 before Bodeker was bowled by a swinging delivery from Mo Jamil. Luke Sinclair then joined New and they added a further 41 runs before Sinclair was out misjudging a shot and providing a straightforward catch.

Another 41 run partnership between Callum Driscoll and New pushed the Kidmore total up to 129 before Driscoll was bowled trying to work a straight delivery to leg from Ram Sankarran for 19. Next man in Mike Dixon added 45 with New before Dixon was caught in the gully for 25 with the Kidmore total on 174-6.

Richard Frost came to the wicket and hit 16 not out whilst New ended on 118 not out in an innings which contained 14 fours as Kidmore finished up with 218-6.

In reply Paul Ager and Mo Jamil added 38 for the first wicket before Assad Ul Haq induced the outside edge from Ager and he was held at slip by Mark New.

Jamil was joined by Kelvin McDonald and the duo started to swing the momentum towards the visitors. Jamil was dropped a couple of times and both were hitting well-timed shots before being bowled by Ben Berryman leaving Theale and Tilehurst on 98-2.

Luke Sinclair then had McDonald lbw for 35 with the score on 112 which soon became 150-5. Sinclair grabbed two wickets in two balls and with Ul Haq also removing the dangerous White for 35 Theale and Tilehurst were reeling at 150-8.

Visiting skipper Brian Cooper added a further 20 runs with Ram Sankarran before Rupert Loader took a catch on the run leaving Kidmore on the brink of victory. A further 16 runs were added before Berryman trapped Jordan Manning lbw earning his fifth wicket and Kidmore a 38 run victory.

KIDMORE END 2nds

C Pigden, lbw, b Jamil 5

M New, not out 103

D New, b Bozarth 4

T Bodeker, b Jamil 8

L Sinclair, c Mehta, b Manning 7

C Driscoll, b Sankarran 19

M Dixon, c McDonald, b Sankarran 25

R Frost, not out 16

Extras 30



TOTAL (6 wkts) 218



THEALE AND TILEHURST 2nds

P Ager, c M New, b A Ul Haq 14

M Jamil, b B Berryman 49

K McDonald, lbw, b L Sinclair 35

M Mehta, lbw, b B Berryman 7

P Robinson, b B Berryman 1

J White, lbw, b A Ul Haq 35

D Grist, b L Sinclair 1

J Bozarth, c M Dixon, b L Sinclair 0

B Cooper, not out 25

R Sankaran, c R Loader,

b B Berryman 8

J Manning, lbw, b B Berryman 1

Extras 11



TOTAL 186

Best bowling: B Berryman 5-60, L Sinclair 3-57, A Ul Haq 2-62.





Ron Pratley’s 6-34 wasn’t enough to prevent a young and inexperienced HENLEY 4ths slipping to a Division 7B home defeat against DATCHET 3rds.

With Datchet winning the toss and electing to bat Andy Chappell and Alex Harris-White both bowled tightly while Adam Garrod livened things up with some hostile overs. No wickets fell until Pratley was introduced to the attack. Pratley worked his way through the Datchet middle order whilst first league wickets came for Kalhan Shah and Angus Harris-White as Datchet were bowled out for 192.

Pratley was quickly in the game again in an opening stand of 20 with Andy Chappell but after they were out Henley struggled.

A half century from Henry Oldershaw kept up the run rate but wickets kept falling at the other end and despite determined resistance from Marcus Martin, Henley were bowled out for 128.

DATCHET 3rds

M Jones, run out 0

T Grant, c A Harris-White, b Pratley 18

B Jones, b Pratley 31

S Idle, c Garrod, b Pratley 22

A Oram, c Oldershaw, b Pratley 47

C Jones, st P Chappell, b Pratley 5

K Salim, c A Harris-White, b Pratley 8

A Ghatsain, b A Harris-White 19

U Ali, not out 37

O Arif, b Shah 8

J Hassan, not out 10

Extras 23



TOTAL 192

Best bowling: R Pratley 6-34.



HENLEY 4ths

R Pratley, b Arif 26

A Chappell, b Hassan 10

P Chappell, lbw, b Hassan 4

H Oldershaw, c Arif, b Oram 50

A Harris-White, b Hassan 0

C Johnson, c Grant, b Oram 0

M Martin, lbw, b Hassan 8

A Harris-White, run out 0

K Shah, b Oram 6

J Martin, b Oram 0

A Garrod, not out 0

Extras 26



TOTAL 128



Division 8B league leaders WARGRAVE 2nds lost their first match of the season at EASTCOTE 4ths.

Winning the toss and batting first the hosts were bowled out for 169 with J Colborn top scoring with 60.

In reply, despite the impressive J Smith taking 7-53, Eastcote eased to their target to win the match as they finished on 172-8.

KIDMORE END 3rds remain top of Division 9A despite losing at COVE 5ths.

The hosts won the toss and put the visitors into bat and skittled them out for 167. In reply Cove 5ths eased to 172-3 to win the match by seven wickets.



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