Latter in seventh heaven as side gain opening day win
KIDMORE END went down to an eight-wicket defeat in their opening Division 2A match of the
KIDMORE END went down to an eight-wicket defeat in their opening Division 2A match of the season against WINDSOR.
Despite having won the toss on what appeared to be a docile, if slow pitch, the Kidmore batting line-up made scoring runs look far trickier than perhaps it should.
Windsor’s line and length frustrated the Kidmore batting line-up into rash shots to be dismissed. Alex Crawford and Abi ul-Wahab were the only two batsmen to make it into the 20s, and only Frost and Jeff Sheldon could blame the wicket for their dismissals.
Two marathon spells of bowling from Hartridge and Allen-Turner saw both bowlers pick up five wickets as Kidmore were bowled out for 129.
Kidmore debutant James Walker took an early wicket while James Frost chipped in with a wicket of his own but the game was lost. M Overall demonstrated how to bat on an early season slow wicket with fine shot selection and powerful hitting, as he scored 74 not out as Windsor chased down a low total with proficient ease.
J Sheldon, b Hartridge
T Sheldon, b Allen-Turner
J Waldron, b Hartridge
J Harvey, c Overall, b Allen-Turner
G Ashby, c Care, b Hartridge
M Stevens, lbw, b Hartridge
A Crawford, b Allen-Turner
A ul-Wahab, not out
H ul-Wahab, b Allen-Turner
J Walker, c Hartridge, b Allen-Turner
J Frost, lbw, b Hartridge
Best bowling: T Hartridge 5-48, A Allen-turner 5-69.
V Nair, b Walker
A Weston, b Frost
M Overall, not out
A Ambrose, not out
TOTAL (2 wkts)
In Division 2B HENLEY 2nds, playing their first match since relegation from the top flight last season, triumphed in their derby clash at WARGRAVE.
The hosts won the toss and batted first but found scoring runs difficult as they were dismissed for 114 in just under 48 overs with Zack Jones ripping through the villagers’ line-up as he returned figures of 7-41.
In reply Henley 2nds reached their target with overs to spare as they posted 118-4 with Alex Price top scoring with 69 not out.
HENLEY 3rds lost out in their Division 4B clash away to NORTH MAIDENHEAD 2nds.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first and put on 187 with P Smith (76) and J Palmer (59) top scoring.
In reply North Maidenhead reached their target of 188-6 to secure victory.
HENLEY 4ths suffered a nine-wicket Division 6A defeat against BARNES WILD GEESE at Nettlebed.
Having won the toss and electing to bat first Henley were dismissed for 115. In reply Barnes Wild Geese eased to 117-1 from just 20 overs.
Newly promoted WARGRAVE 2nds had the better of their Division 6B draw at TEDDINGTON TOWN 2nds.
Losing the toss and being asked to bat on a typical early season green wicket Wargrave found themselves in trouble as they were losing wickets at regular intervals and found themselves 43-4 after 17 overs.
Gradually Wargrave pulled their innings together. Martin Woods with a steady 27 held the middle order together and when he was out Rizmy Mohammed and Jonathon Colbourne had a partnership of 28 before Rizmy was bowled for 32.
Colbourne was joined by captain Scott Walker and the pair put together a partnership of 70 before Walker was bowled by Gardner for 34 with the score on 178-7.
Colbourne with the help of Scott Morton managed to get the score up to 217-8 by the end of Wargrave innings. Colbourne ended on 64 not out.
Teddington got off to a solid start and after 15 overs were on 40-2 with Scott Morton removing both openers having bowled Harris for 5 and having Gardner caught by Walker for 16.
A good partnership between Milmy and Malhotra put Teddington in the driving seat. Walker removed Milmy with the score on 109-3 in the 29th over which started a bit of panic in the Teddington batting line-up.
Walker removed Russell and Philips in consecutive deliveries and when Sam Bowers removed Mearry and Oliver a few overs later Teddington were reeling on 132-7.
Malhotra was joined by Teddington’s captain Hopper. This gave Malhotra solid support and between them they managed to bat the rest of the innings out and claim a draw for the home team, with Malhotra finishing on 85 not out.
Ryan Latter bowled a fine sustained opening spell at Gallowstree Common to set up a Division 7B victory for KIDMORE END 2nds at home to HAYES 3rds.
The hosts lost the toss and Hayes decided to bat first on a pitch which was still not fully dried out from the previous day’s rain.
Kidmore’s opening pairing of Rufus Emmanuel and Latter started off solidly and kept the visiting batsmen on their mettle and were well backed up by some good catching to remove both openers.
The combination of left and right arm also paid dividends as the visitor’s batsmen were unable to exert any pressure on the home team as both bowlers built pressure by bowling a good line and length.
Latter was well rewarded, as soon as batsmen were trying to seize the initiative he picked up a wicket while Emmanuel went on to take three.
With wickets falling regularly Hayes found themselves all out for 110 in the 41st over leaving Kidmore 48 overs to achieve their winning score of 111.
The Kidmore reply did not start in the best fashion with skipper Mark New out lbw for 1 and he was soon followed by brother David who was run out for 0 following a mix up between himself and Chris Pigden.
Pigden played the perfect anchor role to ensure that Kidmore achieved the victory which the bowlers had set up as he manoeuvred the strike well and dealt with bad ball equally well as he scored 56 not out which with a cameo of 17 from Tom Bodeker and a generous helping of extras ensured that a Kidmore victory was achieved in the 30th over.
T Maloney, b Latter
R Butt, c Butler, b Latter
A Davies, c Webster, b Latter
D Malhotra, not out
A Sunjahtra, b Emmanuel
D Davies, c Bodeker, b Emmanuel
H Lall, b Latter
S Kumar, b Latter
R Khan, c D New, b Latter
C Murray, lbw, b Latter
Best bowling: R Latter 7-60, R Emmanuel 3-33.
KIDMORE END 2nds
C Pigden, not out
M New, lbw, b Davies
D New, run out
T Bodeker, b Davies
M Dixon, lbw, b Kumar
A Frank, not out
TOTAL (4 wkts)
KIDMORE END 3rds went down to a heavy defeat at DATCHET CRANBOURNE 2nds on a day that was dominated by bowlers from both sides.
Datchet lost the toss and were put into bat first where they were all out for 159 with Payne taking 7-36 for Kidmore End.
However, in reply Kidmore End were skittled out for 66 with S Patel taking 8-36.