PEPPARD STOKE ROW completed their pre-season preparations with an eventually comfortable five-wicket win against Thames Valley
PEPPARD STOKE ROW completed their pre-season preparations with an eventually comfortable five-wicket win against Thames Valley League side WOOBURN NARKOVIANS last Saturday.
Peppard Stoke Row struck an early blow after losing the toss as Tim Vines induced an edge to first slip from Paul Cooper’s bat.
Ben Barker and James White shared a useful second-wicket stand of 43 before the former was also caught at slip, this time by Hugh Asquith, from the bowling of the impressive Sam Fooks.
Richard Ashton removed John White cheaply courtesy of a cleverly disguised slower ball â?? Asquith again the catcher â?? but Craig Newman showcased some extraordinary power as the hosts raced to 147-3.
He was eventually well caught at long on by Ashton off the bowling of Dom Hall, and the returning Vines showcased his death bowling skills as Wooburn stuttered to 183-8 in 40 overs, some 50 short of what earlier seemed possible.
Andy Watts and Hugh Asquith gave Peppard Stoke Row a solid platform before Richard Walker and Olly Nicholson kept the momentum going.
The visitors suffered a mini-collapse from 123-2 to 143-5, but big-hitting Senthil Muniyasamy — who struck three maximums in one over worth 21 — and Chris Proudfoot saw their side home with 22 balls to spare.
Peppard Stoke Row begin their Berkshire Cricket League Premier Division title defence at home to three-time champions Mortimer West End tomorrow (Saturday, 1pm).