Friday, 25 June 2021

Worsfold produces lightning half-century

SKIPPER James Worsfold stole the show with bat and ball on Saturday as WOODCOTE achieved a winning draw at home

SKIPPER James Worsfold stole the show with bat and ball on Saturday as WOODCOTE achieved a winning draw at home to SANDHURST in the Premier Division.

  Coming in at number nine in the first innings with Woodcote  on 139–7 he murdered the Sandhurst attack with a 16–ball half–century and remained unbeaten on 70 at the close of the innings.

Worsfold received good support from Ryan Van Heerden in an eighth–wicket unbeaten partnership worth 95 runs.

Earlier, the prolific Will Macdonald had scored a good half–century.

When Sandhurst batted the opening pair put on 100 for the first wicket to put themselves in a strong position to win, but with Worsfold returning three for 53 with his off–spin and pace–bowler Steve Henderson two for 39, the visitors lost their initial impetus and on a perfect batting track a draw became inevitable.

Misfiring PEPPARD STOKE ROW again had to show all their fighting qualities as they somehow salvaged a losing draw at SULHAMSTEAD in their Premier Division match.

PSR elected to bowl after winning the toss and made a relatively early breakthrough when wicketkeeper Gerry Bacon took a magnificent leg–side catch standing up to Roy Hayden to remove Aaron Briggs.

Steve Belcher (39) and Marc Thompson (26) built a useful second–wicket stand which was ended when the latter hit an Ian Jackson full toss to Paddy Hennessy at square leg, but Sully continued to dominate as Chris Mercer (42) showed his class.

The game–changing innings was produced by Jamie Seward (63 from just 36 balls), who smashed the ball to all parts after coming in for Belcher who became Jackson’s second victim.

Further contributions from Dave Gill and Sanjay Dove helped Sully close on 213–6, with PSR suffering a major blow when opening batsman Wynand Lamprecht dislocated his finger from the final ball of the innings.

The start of the Peppard Stoke Row reply could not have gone worse for the visitors as they collapsed to 16–5 after Andy Watts was sensationally caught one–handed in the gully by Seward.

Tim Vines (25) showed some promising form for PSR while Rich Ashton belied his usual attacking instincts to grind out eight runs in 23 overs.

Roy Hayden also hung around for the away side but when he was dismissed PSR were 90–9 after 35 overs and seemingly beaten.

However, Lamprecht defied the pain to take his place in the middle and with Jackson as obdurate as ever, the pair held out to clinch a draw which deprived 2013 champions Sulhamstead of a further 14 points.

Jack Hoyle gave CHECKENDON a bright start at EMMBROOK & BEARWWOD in League 1, hitting 36 at a run a minute, including seven fours.

However the visitors were unable to build on this as the home bowlers found some swing and bounce from a better length.

Vikey Chib, Luke Gray and Ash Talreja all batted resolutely to ensure Checkendon used all their overs in reaching 163–8.

Talreja’s foot injury, suffered while battling, also deprived the visiting side of their best bowler for the  conditions.

Emmbrook took full advantage, thanks to an assured 60 from their young No 3 A Carter.

Checkendon found spin was their best option but were unable to hold all their catches as they succumbed to a six–wicket defeat in 34 overs.

STRATFIELD TURGIS skipper Steve Clarke scored an excellent 94 not out to guide his side to a comfortable victory against PEPPARD STOKE ROW 2nds.

The home side were put into bat on an excellent batting surface but failed to fully capitalise due to a controlled spell of swing bowling under grey skies from Stratfield’s Craig Studley whose 12 overs yielded only 35 runs, taking four of the first five wickets to fall.

Despite each of Peppard’s top order looking comfortable early, poor shot selection enabled Stratfield to restrict the home team to an under– par 182 all out.

At 83 for six, it took the dependable Simon Gozzard and Sam Fooks to rebuild the innings with a well–constructed and patient 92–run partnership.

Gozzard has shown very good form with the bat so far this season but needs more support from the top order.

Stratfield Turgis rarely looked in trouble during their reply and the trio of catching chances that went down would only have delayed the eventual result.

Clarke rode out the tight swing bowling of Sam Fooks, whilst despatching any loose deliveries from Peppard’s other bowlers.

Fooks was well supported by seamers from Ackerman, Proudfoot and Chard, but the home side lacked any real penetration and Clarke hit the winning runs during the 38th over.

Peppard Stoke Row 2nds are one of four sides in Division 1 of the Berkshire League who are yet to win this season and will go to Welford Park next Saturday in need of a positive result.

PEPPARD Stoke Row 3rds produced a brilliant display to beat Waltham St Lawrence 2nds by five wickets in Division Four.

Captain Rob Dyer elected to field at Newlands Lane after winning the toss and he made two early breakthroughs to reduce the Saints to 13–2.

Neeraj Sharma (4–13) then took over bowling duties as he decimated the visitors’ line–up, while 14–year–old George Lee also helped himself to two wickets during a performance which continues to encourage much for the future.

With Pradeep Kumar bowling a tireless 10 overs for a mere 26, and James Hern picking up a wicket, Waltham were dismissed for 160 in 40 overs. Carl Hvass (34) and Adam Lotery (28) led the PSR reply effectively before another of the hosts’ young contingent â?? 14–year–old Dan Bacon â?? continued their progress with a fluent 33.

The young wicketkeeper–batsman is a player of enormous potential and he again demonstrated a maturity beyond his years during a fine innings.

His dismissal did not affect the final result, however, as the flamboyant Simon Jelowitz (30), aided by the classy Nick Windsor (17no) saw PSR home with 10 overs in hand.

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