Emmanuel in seventh heaven as Kidmore consolidate top spot
KIDMORE END made it three Division 2A wins on the bounce as they eased to victory against HAREFIELD
KIDMORE END made it three Division 2A wins on the bounce as they eased to victory against HAREFIELD 2nds at Gallowstree Common.
The visitors won the toss and opted to bat with opener Ogden thrashing a couple of boundaries.
Frost struck back with a fortuitous dismissal as he was bowled by Morris off his pads. This early wicket did not deter Ogden and number three Seymour as the pair put 29 runs on in just three overs.
An imposed bowling change by the Kidmore skipper saw him introduce the spinning guile of Alex Crawford after just six overs. Crawford took two wickets in his first over and bowling both Ogden and Morris. The score was 40-3 from seven overs.
The score soon slipped to 44-4 after Frost bowled Vyas with a sharply moving delivery. Slowly the Harefield side regrouped and counterattacked which literally removed Crawford from the attack, following an attempted caught and bowled chance that resulted in a dislocated finger.
Ul-Wahab took a fine catch off Frost after the batsman skied the ball and took a wicket himself thanks to a catch by Jeff Sheldon at mid-off.
After 26 overs the score was 96—6 as the game then started to slow down. Jeff Sheldon and Matt Stevens dried up the runs, whilst skipper Morris and keeper Fosberry took a more cautious approach.
Stevens took a jumping catch in the covers to help J Sheldon take a wicket, removing Morris for 26, and followed that up with a wicket of his own. Ul-Wahab finished off the Harefield innings as they were all out for 128 in 37 overs.
In reply J Sheldon and Joe Waldron batted with watchful caution while spin bowlers D Morris and M Webb bowled with great patience, guile and control.
After 17 overs Kidmore were 12 without loss before Waldron got his eye in and started to relinquish the shackles. When the seam bowlers came on he played the swinging ball late, but punished any loose balls. He survived a hostile spell from O’Sullivan, which involved a number of short deliveries, and scored more freely off the other bowlers as time progressed.
When he was eventually bowled by McLeod he had scored 60 from 107 balls. Harvey continued the fast scoring rate pulling and cutting well, but he fell to a bouncer for 21. Ashby and Sheldon saw the side home after 49 overs. Sheldon was 43 not out after 137 minutes of batting and 146 balls and Ashby stuck the winning runs through the covers.
Ogden, b Crawford
D Morris, b Frost
Seymour, b Crawford
Vyas, b Frost
O’Sullivan, c Sheldon, b Ul-Wahab
O’Hara, c Ul-Wahab, b Frost
S Morris, c Stevens, b Sheldon
Fosberry, c Frost, b Stevens
McLeod, b Ul-Wahab
Day, not out
Webb, c Leonard, b Ul-Wahab
Best bowling: Ul-Wahab 3-20, Frost 3-30, Crawford 2-7.
J Waldron, b McLeod
J Sheldon, not out
Harvey, c McLeod, b O’Sullivan
G Ashby, not out
TOTAL (2 wkts)
Will Legg hit 70 runs for HENLEY 2nds who went down to defeat at home to HURST in Division 2B.
The Brakspear Ground side won the toss and batted first where they put on 207-7. In reply Hurst eased to 210-2 to take the honours.
WARGRAVE drew their high-scoring match at CHISWICK AND WHITTON.
The hosts won the toss and put on 320-8. In reply Wargrave closed on 316-8 with E Woods hitting 155 and C Lynn 83.
In Division 4B HENLEY 3rds defeated basement side BRACKNELL. The hosts won the toss and batted first and put on 201. In reply Henley hit 235-5 to win the match with H Mandharan top scoring with 69.
HENLEY 4ths, without a win this season in Division 6A, turned the tables on WINDSOR 3rds, a side that boasted a 100 per cent record going into the match, as they eased to victory at Nettlebed.
Windsor batted first and Pennisi spent no time stamping his authority on a good wicket. After an lbw appeal from Henley he strode down the track to Head who beat the bat with a yorker and bit leg stump to claim an important wicket.
Henley brought Johnson into the attack early and he made an immediate impact removing Dixon. Batchelor came into the attack and gave a good performance with figures of 6-3-5-1 for his first spell and returning to get the last wicket and finish with 2-8 off 7.2 overs.
Stone bowled 11 overs straight through and claimed three key wickets for 42 runs.
With the exception of Amin batting at nine Windsor struggled to make any impact against the Henley bowlers with Jonathon Trist claiming his third wicket of the season.
Henley did not have the best of starts with Neville caught in the first over, bringing Taylor to the crease. Taylor and Dalrymple then saw through the next 10 overs against a good spin attack before both fell in quick succession.
Father and son partnership of Liam and Mick Hilditch set about the task of steadying the ship and keeping the game alive.
Together they were unmoveable and over the next 40 over Mick achieved his 50 with a drive off the back foot through the covers while Liam was resolute and assured as he helped to rotate the batting and keep the score moving towards the target of 153.
Windsor changed the bowling on a number of occasions with a mixture of spin and seam but they could find no way to unsettle the pair with the exception of a pulled muscle led to Mick needing a runner for the last 10 overs.
The 100 partnership came in the 45th over with the wining runs being hit five overs later.
C Dixon, lbw, b Johnson
J Pennisi, b Head
P Huggins, b Stone
R Hodgson, b Johnson
T Bullocks, b Batchelor
D Allan-Turner, b Johnson
B Lickley, b Stone
P Haynes, c L Hilditch, b Stone
H Amin, not out
S Richards, b Trist
K Vacinni, b Batchelor
Best bowling: R Stone 3-42, C Johnson 3-43, T Batchelor 2-8.
M Dalrymple, b Vacinni
P Neville, c —, b Pennisi
S Taylor, c —, b Pennisi
M Hilditch, not out
L Hilditch, not out
TOTAL (3 wkts)
WARGRAVE 2nds lost out at home to ROYAL ASCOT 2nds in Division 6B.
Having won the toss and electing to bat first, Wargrave put on 225 with M Townsend top scoring with 71 and J Colbourne hitting 63 not out.
In reply Royal Ascot 2nds eased to their total as they posted 228-3.
League leaders KIDMORE END 2nds consolidated their position at the top of Division 7B with a comprehensive 160-run victory away at WYCOMBE DRAGONS 2nds.
Kidmore won the toss and elected to bat first but were soon in trouble at 18-2 with the pitch offering assistance for the bowlers as a large total seemed to be a long way off.
Kidmore counterattacked through Tom Bodeker and David New as they added 43 for the third wicket before Bodeker was dismissed for 27 by Vaughan Van de Linde.
Duncan Grant joined New at the wicket and they put together a stand of 92 for the fourth wicket. Grant was out for 45 as he mishit a ball from off spinner Steve Gould to Van de Linde at cover. New continued to dominate the home team’s bowling as he used his full repertoire of stroke play before he was also dismissed for 74. Thereafter Mike Dixon and Ryan Latter made useful contributions as they pushed the total up to 218 and the declaration was made after 45 overs. The Dragons’ innings started circumspectly as they set off in pursuit of a winning total of 219 against Kidmore’s new ball pairing of Rufus Emmanuel and Ryan Latter who both were bowling a good line and length.
With the score on 12 Emmanuel made the initial breakthrough by clean bowling Tom Howe. Emmanuel continued to ask questions of the Wycombe top order batsmen and reduced them to 20-4 all of whom were clean bowled.
Ryan Latter at the other end was still providing valuable support and he captured two quick wickets as the Wycombe innings slipped further into trouble at 40-6.
Latter then tempted Steve Gould who had been the main resistance for Wycombe in making 23 as he attempted an ambitious drive but didn’t connect properly and sliced it into the safe hands of Duncan Grant at point leaving the score at 40-7.
Emmanuel and Latter continued to bowl well and the Wycombe innings was duly finished off as Emmanuel took the last three wickets leaving the home side 58 all out and Emmanuel with the impressive bowling figures of 7-30.
KIDMORE END 2nds
C Pigden, c Wallis, b Walker
M New, b Van De Linde
D New, b Gould
T Bodeker, b Van De Linde
D Grant, c Van De Linde, b Gould
M Dixon, st Russell, b Gould
R Latter, not out
J Webster, not out
TOTAL (6 wkts)
WYCOMBE DRAGONS 2nds
T Howe, b Emmanuel
S Gould, c Grant, b Latter
D Wain, b Emmanuel
K Wallis, b Emmanuel
T Greatwood, b Emmanuel
L Morgan, c Webster, b Latter
H Dhillon, b Latter
M Walker, b Emmanuel
V Van De Linde, lbw, b Emmanuel
A King, b Emmanuel
T Russell, not out
Best bowling: R Emmanuel 7-30, R Latter 3-23.
WARGRAVE 3rds moved up to second spot in Division 9A thanks to a six wicket victory at home to BOYNE HILL 4ths.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first and were bowled out for 85. In reply Wargrave made 86-4.
KIDMORE END 3rds recorded their first win of the season at YATELEY 4ths. The hosts won the toss and batted first, putting on 150-8. In reply Kidmore End hit 151-6 off 27.4 overs to record victory.