Frost keeps his cool to hit Kidmore End’s winning runs
HENLEY 2nds are staring relegation in the face after losing their 11th Division 1 match of the season at home
HENLEY 2nds are staring relegation in the face after losing their 11th Division 1 match of the season at home to KEW.
Ryan Bezuidenhout won the toss and elected to field first for the hosts, conscious of the potential rain that was due to disrupt proceedings.
Kirdon Thomas was into his stride immediately as he latched onto any width with great power while riding his luck on occasions. His onslaught was blunted by the nagging line and length of Dan Hayden. His opening spell brought the wicket of Raper who tried to push on with proceedings and only found skipper Bezuidenhout at mid-off.
Thomas powered his way to 100 but received little support as the spin twins of Cameron Jacobsen and Bezuidenhout took wickets at regular intervals.
As the skies darkened, Kew tried to up the tempo and this led to a series of dismissals as the turning ball became hard to dispatch while Henley remained aggressive in the field, notably in the form of Charlie Homewood. Only three more batsmen reached double figures as Kew were dismissed for 218 with Jacobsen and Bezuidenhout with five and four wickets respectively.
Henley’s reply started well with Ben Francis and Tom Oldershaw dispatching any loose deliveries. Misses and boundaries seemed to come in equal measures but the entertaining start put Henley on the front foot before Francis went for one shot too many and was bowled.
Jacobsen joined Oldershaw as the aggressive batting continued which led to Oldershaw bringing up his half-century. As the partnership moved on, Panta struck twice removing both set batsmen during his marathon spell. Consolidation from Nick Johnson and Ryan Bezuidenhout didn’t seem enough and Henley began to falter as the persistent rain livened up the pitch.
Despite the rain John Neville and Hayden had shown little thought for drawing the match as they took the attack to Kew as Panta, who was into his 20th over, finally began to tire.
The pair mixed some good shots as Kew started to go on the defensive but a run out for Neville was followed by the dismissal of Hayden. This was the beginning of the end as Kew dismissed the hosts for 199.
KIDMORE END maintained their six-point lead at the top of Division 2B thanks to a four-wicket victory at BAGSHOT.
The visitors lost the toss and were put into field first. Opening bowler James Frost took three early wickets thanks to sharp movement off the pitch.
Frost and Sheldon bowled economically — Frost strung five consecutive maidens together — and Bagshot were 50-5 off the first 20 overs.
The bowlers were well supported in the field wicketkeeper Scott Addyman followed up his early catch with a direct hit run out while Alex Crawford held a slip catch and youngster Ben Loader took two catches, including one steepling catch on the boundary.
Crawford (4-39) saw off the middle order in next to no time, taking three wickets with support from Abi ul-Wahab who took a wicket. The skies darkened with the score 103-9 and the teams came off. When play resumed the last wicket pair of Grinstead and Pettet put on 34 runs before Bagshot were all out for 137.
Pettet and Grinstead made early inroads into the Kidmore batting and within six overs the visitors were on 22-3.
Scott Addyman and Crawford kept the score board ticking over. Crawford hit four drives back past the bowler, but Pettet managed to swing one back into Crawford’s (18) pads, leaving Kidmore 60-4.
Ul-Wahab scored 24 from 26 balls, striking a six before Pasfield trapped him lbw.
James Frost took 47 balls to get off the mark but after 107 minutes and 88 balls Addyman was caught behind by J Grinstead off the bowling of W Grinstead for 45 to leave Kidmore on 113-6 from 32 overs.
Richard Frost joined his brother at the crease and the next 24 runs came in 13 overs. James Frost scored 15 not out in 80 minutes from 50 balls with five scoring shots while Richard Frost scored nine not out in 50 minutes from 64 balls with just three scoring shots. The winning runs came off the back of James Frost’s bat, flying over the slip fielders.
Ten-man HENLEY 3rds have almost secured their Division 3A status for next season after beating ROYAL ASCOT at Nettlebed.
Henley won the toss and elected to bowl first on a damp pitch. Hopkins and Schenk looked dangerous but the Ascot openers dug in and made an opening partnership of 51 before Schenk got the breakthrough of King caught lbw. After only one more Ascot run Very managed to catch Miller who spooned one high off Hopkins.
Runs dried up with Palmer and Ranger not giving much away, resulting in a diving catch by Ranger at square leg to dismiss Wensley for 23.
Rain interrupted play, but after the short break the Ascot batsmen Sweetman and Ellison got Ascot up to 162 before the fall of the fourth wicket of Sweetman, caught by Gurung off Palmer’s bowling for 38.
The return of seam bowling from Hopkins saw Ascot’s top scorer Ellison’s bowled for 49. Henley then got two run outs in quick succession including a direct hit from Budhaayer. Ascot ended up on 213-9 declaring at 49 overs.
Henley had 49 overs to get the target due to the two-over reduction because of the rain delays.
Smith was first out for Henley for 13. Hopkins in at three started with two fours through the covers and supported opener Very. Hopkins was then out for 10 bowled by Barlow.
Henley’s number four, Nepalese international Budhaaye,r put on 33 before being adjudged lbw just after Very had reached his half-century.
Gurung stayed with Very until the latter was bowled for 63. This brought Manoharan into the game and a knock of 14 was added to the total before he was caught trying to push on. Chappell and Gurung saw Henley home to a five-wicket victory on 214-5.
T King, lbw, b M Schenk 13
W Miller, c D Very, b N Hopkins 27
J Wensley, c S Ranger, b J Palmer 24
W Ellison, b N Hopkins 49
N Sweetman, c P Gurung,
b J Palmer 38
N Patel, b J Palmer 13
J Barlow, run out 7
G Barlow, run out 8
N Wiggett, b J Palmer 6
R Major, not out 5
TOTAL (9 wkts) 213
Best bowling: J Palmer 4-62, N Hopkins 2-46.
D Very, b W Ellison 63
P Smith, st W Miller, b G Barlow 13
N Hopkins, b G Barlow 10
N Budhaayer, lbw, b W Ellison 50
P Gurung, not out 25
H Manoharan, c N Patel,
b W Ellison 14
T Chappell, not out 17
TOTAL (5 wkts) 214
Best bowling: W Ellison 3-41, G Barlow 2-27.
WARGRAVE kept their Division 4B promotion hopes alive with victory at EVERSLEY 2nds.
The visitors, who lost the toss, were put into bat first and with the help of N Robinson’s knock of 73, put on 239-8. In reply Eversley were bowled out for 135.
In Division 6B KIDMORE END 2nds went down to defeat at Gallowstree Common against NPL TEDDINGTON 2nds.
The hosts won the toss and batted first and put on 205-7 with R Shaw top scoring with 92.
In reply NPL Teddington 2nds won the match with three wickets to spare as they closed on 206-7.
HENLEY 4ths remain in relegation trouble in Division 7B after crashing to a seven-wicket defeat in a low scoring game at RUISLIP 2nds.
The visitors were put in to bat on a damp wicket where only Will Blackmore and Josh Perkins succeeded in reaching double figures as Henley were dismissed for just 57.
Despite early wickets to Chris Johnson and Ryan Palihawadana, Ruislip eased to 61-3 to win the match in just 14 overs.
Division 8B league leaders WARGRAVE 2nds were held to a draw at home to second placed CHISWICK AND LATYMER 3rds.
Wargrave won the toss and put the visitors into bat first and they put on 227-5. In reply Wargrave found scoring runs hard to come by as they closed on 147-6.