Monday, 14 June 2021

Birkett piles on the runs as villagers put to sword

ADAM BIRKETT hit 70 runs as HARPSDEN defeated BURNHAM 3rds last Saturday.

ADAM BIRKETT hit 70 runs as HARPSDEN defeated BURNHAM 3rds last Saturday.

Burnham won the toss and elected to bat first. Proceedings started poorly for the visitors losing quick wickets cheaply at the top of the order thanks to fine opening spells from Harpsden’s Ed Birkett and Johnny Wright.

Raja and Anees put on a vital partnership before Tom Hancock bowled with accuracy and pace to take the wickets of the middle order. Sidhu and Rod Birkett hung around at the end to get Burnham up to 166 from their 40 overs.

In reply Harpsden lost the wicket of Sam Imlay in the first over to put pressure on the home side until Mark Cooper and Adam Birkett put on a partnership which was looking comfortable until Cooper was removed which started a collapse with only two other Harpsden batters reaching double figures.

With Harpsden needing six an over for the last four wickets and Birkett still in, the home side were confident until he was bowled. The tail-enders managed to get Harpsden over the line with an over-and-a-half to spare.



HARPSDEN ran out comfortable winners at home to PEPPARD STOKE ROW on Sunday.

The visitors won the toss and elected to field with the grey skies overhead. Adam Birkett and Jones opened the batting with much gusto before Jones was bowled by an in-swinging Yorker.

Ben Hancock entered the game and kept the runs ticking over. Some tight bowling from Humphries and Samson didn’t allow Harpsden to score freely.

Drinks was the turning point in the game and Birkett and Hancock moved rapidly onto 213-1. Good stroke play by Birkett moved him onto his 100 whilst Hancock battered the ball around the park before falling for 82. Harpsden finished on 245-2 after 40 overs after some lusty blows from Christian Whittaker.

Some tight bowling from Ed Birkett and Brooke’s made life tough for the Peppard Stoke Row opening batsmen. A couple of early wickets settled any nerves that Harpsden had. Duncan came in and took the attack to the bowlers smashing the ball to all ends of the ground and scoring a well constructed 50 before looping one up to mid wicket.

Ashton came in and hit the ball to the boundary scoring a quick 15 but the match was long gone by this point. Some tight bowling from Rod Birkett caused some problems late on for the visitors who eventually were bowled out for 103.

HARPSDEN



A Birkett, retired

109

Z Jones, b Scott

14

B Hancock, c Scott, b Sampson

82

C Whittaker, not out

18

O Brown, not out

5

Extras

14





TOTAL (2 wkts)

245





PEPPARD STOKE ROW



W Legg, c T Stevens, b E Birkett

0

M Baker-Smith, lbw, b E Birkett

4

S Gozzard, b Brooks

4

P Duncan, c Jones, b R Birkett

50

G Legg, b Beaven

3

D Bacon, c Beaven, b R Birkett

10

R Ashton, c & b R Birkett

15

C Humphries, c Whittaker, b E Birkett

4

R Scott, run out

0

H Scott, not out

0

Extras

13





TOTAL

103





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