Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Harpsden slip against Sonning

SONNING beat HARPSDEN by 16 runs in a low–scoring encounter on Sunday after electing to bat first.

SONNING beat HARPSDEN by 16 runs in a low–scoring encounter on Sunday after electing to bat first.

The visitors got off to a good start with Ahmeed and Myers tucking into some loose Harpsden new–ball bowling.

The introduction of Rod Birkett changed the game as he dismissed both openers on his way to unbelievable figures of 10 overs, eight maidens, five wickets for three runs.

The Sonning batsmen were unable to cope with Birkett’s inswinging medium pacers. The fall of the seventh wicket brought Abbas to the crease.

He rebuilt the Sonning innings with a good knock of 30 before he spooned a high catch to 12–year–old Matthew Stanley off the bowling of Will Bevan, who finished with three wickets.



Abbas, with the support of Batista, brought the Sonning score up to 135 all out after 41 of the available 44 overs. In reply, no Harpsden batsman really got settled in the face of aggressive short pitched bowling from Abbas. The only exception was Olly Brown, who made a good 28 on his 15th birthday.

The Sonning spinners kept the pressure on in the middle overs, keeping the run rate well under control. Harris (14), Wright (12) and Greenwood (16) came and went leaving the lower order with a lot to do. The re–introduction of Abbas (4 off 25) in combination with Mott (3–10) finished off the Harpsden lower order 16 runs short of victory.



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