Thursday, 24 June 2021

Downpour leaves seconds adrift in basement clash

HENLEY 2nds travelled to WOKINGHAM’S spectacularly large ground for a bottom of the table clash.

HENLEY 2nds travelled to WOKINGHAM’S spectacularly large ground for a bottom of the table clash.

With rain around, Wokingham won the toss and elected to bowl. A reasonable strategy but one that didn’t look like going quite to plan as Tom Oldershaw and Rob Kenworthy started knocking round the Wokingham bowling attack - which featured a New Zealand first-class player - with a large degree of ease.

The pair registered a 50 partnership that moved onto 80 before the weather intervened.

Once the overs were reduced Henley began to lose wickets as they tried to push on the rate. At the halfway point Wokingham required a tricky 135 from 33 overs.

Rather than start explosively Wokingham chose to accumulate steadily in the face of nagging swing bowling from Dan Hayden and Simon Wheeler.

Although wickets did not come regularly the game was evenly poised before a wicket for Graham Furber brought Wokingham’s pro to the crease.

From this point on the game’s sedate pace disappeared and he showed the hitting ability that has been Henley’s thorn in the side on three occasions now.

After another breakthrough to Cameron Jacobsen the attack was brought to Henley as Wokingham completed the match with a few overs spare.

The result may look one-sided but the rain didn’t come at the right time to help Henley.

The match at KIDMORE END was very heavily affected by the weather.

The rain made batting very tricky and BOYNE HILL’S Tom Mellor won the toss to insert Kidmore End. Early wickets, on a damp wicket, meant after nine overs Kidmore End were 15-2.

The game was then twice interrupted by rain which helped Boyne Hill significantly, with Kidmore’s innings reduced from 52 overs to 37 overs. Play resumed after the second break with Kidmore 36-5 from 19 overs.

Scott Addyman was eventually bowled for 25 runs and James Frost scored 38 from 33 balls. The Boyne Hill bowlers finished with some excellent figures, J Johnstone took 4-35 and W Maharoof 3-37, with Kidmore finishing 130-8.

This seemed to be a very challenging score for Boyne Hill. Wickets fell regularly during their chase. Frost made the initial breakthrough removing Tom Mellor.

But the true bowling threat came from Alex Crawford’s sharply turning balls, and Jeff Sheldon’s nibbly little cutters. Wickets fell at regular intervals. There were excellent catches.

A skier off Jeff Sheldon’s bowling was held by Hamish Grant on the boundary, a bottom edge was also snatched up by Scott Addyman standing up to the stumps off the same bowler.

Jeff Sheldon took 3-25, Alex Crawford took 4-54 and the ninth wicket of the innings was taken by Abi ul-Wahab. But Mudji Fernando played a perfect innings, with 71 not out - more than half of his team’s runs.

Had he been dismissed Kidmore would have won, yet he batted without giving a chance, and it was only fitting that he won the game for Boyne Hill with a six. They won by one wicket and turned the promotion battle into a three-horse race.

HENLEY 4ths lost to WOOBURN - their third successive defeat - but not without spirited performances from their youngest players.

Wooburn powered to 120 off the first 20 overs and threatened a massive total.

But mature and accurate bowling from 13-year-olds Harry Maskell and Ryan Palihawadana helped restrict the eventual score to just 209. Josh Perkins also took his first wicket for the club and Adam Garrod held a spectacular outfield catch.

It was never going to be easy to overhaul this score for a team that has struggled for runs in recent weeks.

At 23 for seven Henley looked doomed to their worst batting performance ever but Maskell came to the rescue again and patiently compiled a 50 partnership with captain Chris Johnson. Palihawadana continued the resistance but the 4ths were eventually bowled out 120 runs short of their target.

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