Monday, 21 June 2021

Big-hitting opener’s knock not enough for Checkendon

PEPPARD STOKE ROW turned in an under-par performance but held on to salvage a losing draw at home to RUISLIP VICTORIA in their Premier Division clash

PEPPARD STOKE ROW turned in an under-par performance but held on to salvage a losing draw at home to RUISLIP VICTORIA in their Premier Division clash.

The match was preceded by a minute’s silence in memory of former Stoke Row player Les Clark, who passed away the Monday before the game, and it was the newly-promoted Middlesex side who dominated from the start as openers Asif Ansari and Yakub Vora put on 111 for the first wicket.

Ian Jackson removed the latter before Peppard Stoke Row made another breakthrough as Ansari was run out attempting a third, Richard Ashton hitting a single stump from 65 yards.

Ruislip Victoria continued to thrive and useful contributions throughout their middle order saw them total 261-6 on a fine batting track.

The hosts’ reply started in disastrous fashion as Vora removed Hugh Asquith and Tim Vines in the space of four balls to leave Peppard Stoke Row on 4-2.

Riaan Ackermann was then run out and Richard Walker caught behind as Peppard Stoke Row collapsed to 43-4.

Sam Fletcher batted well to dig the hosts out of a hole, but another mini-collapse left them staring down the barrel of defeat at 91-8 after 32 overs.

However, Gerry Bacon and Ian Jackson used all their experience and skill to nullify the visitors’ desperate attempts to force the win, guiding their side to 132-8 at the close.

A thrilling finish was no consolation for WOODCOTE as they lost by eight runs at home to WOODLEY.

The home side only had themselves to blame as eight catches were spilled in the Woodley innings, including centurion Rafeeq who gave five chances some of which came early in his innings.

All five Woodcote bowlers bowled tidily on a good batting track with Mark Pearson and Steve Henderson the pick as Woodley posted 218-9.

When Woodcote batted they lost two early wickets and slumped to 103-5, but good knocks from Stefan Gordon, Ryan Van Heerden and James Worsfold restored their fortunes to 204-8.

At the start of the last over the score was 207-9 and with three balls to spare it was 209. Disaster struck with Adam Burgess run out as the last pair went for a second run.

GORING’S fine start to the season continued with a dominant seven-wicket victory against BRADFIELD which saw them move to second place in Division 1.

Bradfield chose to bat first and may have regretted the decision as a fine bowling display kept them under pressure throughout their innings.

Clive Kent took another three wicket haul supported by Peter Slade, who claimed two wickets in a tight spell.

Skipper Ollie Carrier let Matt Norman assume keeping duties and the decision paid off as Carrier took three wickets as Bradfield were bowled out for 149.

Goring’s reply started shakily as Bradfield took a couple of early scalps, but Carrier and Andy Ankerson steadied the ship to settle the nerves with a 50 partnership.

When Ankerson fell, debutant Nikhil Kulkarni came to the crease and he and Carrier comfortably steered Goring home to the victory target with 11 overs to spare.

New opener Manpreet Singh showed he had quickly acquired the taste for batting at CHECKENDON by hitting an undefeated 164 against PEPPARD STOKE ROW 2nds.

Singh’s six sixes included three from consecutive balls in the last over of the innings which took the unbroken partnership with Luke Gray to 116 for the fourth wicket in only 11 overs, allowing the home side to reach 290-3 in their 45 overs.

The visitors soon found this target out of reach but batted soundly on an easy paced pitch. Don Townsin led the way with a watchful 40 then Ben Hall and young debutant Alfie Bennett shared an undefeated stand of 52.

The high point for Checkendon was two wickets in an over for left arm spinner Harry Wickens. However, despite using eight different bowlers Checkendon could not achieve a further breakthrough as Peppard Stoke Row survived some dropped chances to finish on 175-3.

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