Sunday, 25 July 2021

Super confident Kidmore End

KIDMORE END away to MAIDENHEAD AND BRAY, lost the toss and were asked to bowl to a confident batting line–up, buoyed by the hosts’ their previous week’s high– scoring antics.

KIDMORE END away to MAIDENHEAD AND BRAY, lost the toss and were asked to bowl to a confident batting line–up, buoyed by the hosts’ their previous week’s high– scoring antics.

However, Kidmore End were also confident having skittled British Airways just seven days earlier.

M&B started strongly, in particular Billington who struck any straight delivery confidently through midwicket with aplomb.

However, stalwart James Frost adjusted to the challenge adjusted his line and length accordingly and forced a breakthrough bowling Ballantyne to make it 23–1.



Jeff Sheldon also joined the attack and took the secomnd wicket caught behind smartly by the youthful Zac Leonard.

Frost followed this up with a swinging ball that took the third wicket, opposition captain Van Niekerk, lbw for three.

This set the game up for spinner Alex Crawford, who toiled away manfully on a non–responsive wicket for spinners, but the star of the show was Abid ul Wahab.

He bowled Billington for 63 and then the following over he dismissed Hess and then followed that up by removing Weston–Kay.

This took M&B from a strong position of 107–3 to 128–6. This change of momentum restricted the hosts significantly.

James Walker returned to the attack in thre last few overs and Ul Wahab managed to snare a couple more wickets as he ended with 5 for 26 from 11 overs. M&B set a challenging but not demanding score of 165–8 from their 52 overs. Kidmore’s experienced opening batsmen set about establishing a strong foundation from the off.

Waldron struck four well– timed fours before he was caught by Van Neikerk off of Varga for 27.

The opening stand of 47 from 11 overs was exactly what was needed. Sheldon continued to grind a way in the anchor role and although his partnership with Harvey was unfortunately short, Ashby would prove to be a perfect foil for Sheldon.

Ashby played one of his best innings for Kidmore End, as he struck eight fours and two huge sixes in what would prove to be a match– winning innings of 75 not out from 88 balls. Sheldon played a supporting role scoring a solid 50 from 116 balls, their partnership of 76 put the game to bed for Kidmore, who won by six wickets with thee overs to spare.

KIDMORE END 2nds edged a very tight game with MARLOW PARK 2nds at Gallowstree Common winning by three runs in a low– scoring game.

The game started with Kidmore being asked to bat first and Kidmore openers Chris Pigden and Mark New looked comfortbale enough as they put on 23 for the first wicket until a slight misjudgement from New saw him bowled behind his legs with the ball clipping the leg bail.

David New then joined Pigden and they had an enterprising stand of 46 for the second wicket before Pigden was bowled for a well made 31.

The Kidmore innings then stuttered along as Mike Dixon with 13 was the only real other innings of substance as three of the home team’s batmen fell to one– handed diving catches with the off spin combination of Stephens and Barlow taking nine of the 10 wickets between them as Kidmore subsided to 121 all out.

This left Marlow Park a winning target of 122 and 45 overs to get them.

Marlow Park, chasing a target of 122, had a first–wicket stand of 36 before an effort ball from Rufus Emmanuel induced a false shot from Park opening bat Nick Hammond and Mark New held a sharp chance at slip to take the first wicket.

Kidmore then started to turn the screw and take wickets as pressure built on the visiting batsmen. The key wicket of Stephens who made a good 32 until he was well held by David New at mid–off proved a turning point as Marlow Park were now 64–5. There was then a 42–run partnership between Turner and Coote until Joe Wilson with his leg spin got Turner to play an over ambitious shot and Joe Webster at squre leg took a crucial catch leaving Marlow Park on 106–6.

Kidmore then took a further three wickets as the re–introduction of Emmanuel had a positive impact in tandem with Webster reducing Marlow Park to 110–9.

Once again the game started to swing back in favour of the visitors as the last pair added 18 runs for the last wicket however Emmanuel’s fine spell of bowling was capped off as Wilson took a good catch on the run at cover to give Emmanuel his fifth wicket and dleliver a maximum point victory for Kidmore. This result places Kidmore at the top of their division and unbeaten so far in 2015.

HENLEY 2NDS are in third place in Division 2b after losing away to second–placed BOYNE HILL. Henley managed 93 runs against Boyne Hill’s total of 190. HENLEY 3RDS, third from bottom in Division 4B aldso loist out in their match agaisy second–placed EVERSLEY 2NDS.

HENLEY 4THs remain botton of Division 6A after a heavy defeat to CHENIES and LATIMER 2NDS. Henley were made 88 in 30.5 overs, with Dalrymple the best of the batsmen on with a stand of 56.

That was in reply to Chenies and Latimer’s total of 221–3, wityh Ateeq hitting 124 and Mayadunne scoring a respectable 59.

KIDMORE END 3RDS (289–9_ beat THATCHAM TOWN 4ths (121–9) at home in Division 9A.



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