Sheldon rolls back the years as side pull off unlikely run chase
KIDMORE END completed a dramatic run chase to ensure victory in their Division 2A clash at
KIDMORE END completed a dramatic run chase to ensure victory in their Division 2A clash at FINCHAMPSTEAD 2nds on Saturday.
The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first and got off to a good start with T Burrow scoring a run a ball 76 while his partner R Lane dragged a wide full toss on to his stumps in the second over of the game from Jeff Sheldon.
James Walker produced some hostile deliveries and removed G Loveday, who was caught in the gully by Guy Ashby.
It was at this point K Appiah and Burrows attacked. The scoring rate increased and at 11 overs the score was 45-3.
Frost managed to slow the rate of scoring, although he could not snare a breakthrough, as he bowled seven overs for 23 runs.
The third wicket pairing put on 116 as the seam bowlers toiled away without threatening.
After the drinks break off-spinner Matt Stevens and then a little later Ashby done the damage.
Ashby exploited bounce from the pitch, whilst the canny changes of angle, pace, flight and length from the right arm off-spin of Stevens kept the batsmen guessing.
Stevens tricked Burrows into a false shot and he was well caught by J Sheldon on the boundary. This slowed the scoring rate, yet increased over rate, put pressure on the batsmen and Stevens went on to take two more wickets, as he bowled Shepard and had Appiah caught by Ashby for 68. Stevens took 3-56 off 15.
Ashby supported him and claimed his first league wicket of the season thanks to debutant keeper Billy Oliver’s sharp work behind the stumps â?? Beswick stumped Oliver bowled Ashby 0.
Although no more wickets fell, the scoring rate had declined, thanks to the efforts of the spinners and a well set field and after 52 overs Finchampstead were restricted to 223-6.
In reply, despite Tom Sheldon striking a couple of well-timed boundaries, Kidmore End fell to two spin bowlers and were 12-3 off five overs.
Abid ul-Wahab then exploited the gaps in the outfield as he put on 28 with Ashby, who was caught and bowled for 8. Ul-Wahab scored his 50 off just 28 balls, and continued to attack.
Ul-Wahab was finally out for 79 runs off 57 deliveries with 13 fours, with the score on 139-5 from 33 overs.
Matt Stevens and Jeff Sheldon then batted together faced with a defensive field, which required them to run hard between the wickets as nearly all the boundaries were covered. They put on a rapid 31 with very few boundaries.
When Stevens was out for 48 with the score on 173 Kidmore still needed 50 runs from 45 balls as debutant Billy Oliver joined Sheldon at the crease.
Boundaries dried up but the pair ran hard between the wickets. Their partnership saw the ball cross the line only four times from the bat, although the pressure was beginning to take its toll on the bowling.
Two cut shots from Oliver helped the scoring rate as did a couple of wides, but Kidmore End were falling behind the rate.
By the 46th over Kidmore passed 200 and gained an extra batting bonus point in the event of a drawn game. They then needed 22 from 12 balls and after a fine penultimate over from Lane, 18 runs were needed from the last over.
Sheldon then rolled back the years as he hit Loveday for six over long off from the first ball. The pressure got to the bowler as he then bowled five wides. Kidmore now needed seven from just five balls. Oliver and Sheldon scampered runs into the deep set field to leave three runs needed from the final two deliveries.
With Sheldon on strike he hit a four to win the match for the visitors with one ball and four wickets to spare.
T Burrows, c J Sheldon, b Stevens
R Lane, b J Sheldon
G Loveday, c Ashby, b Walker
K Appiah, c Ashby, b Stevens
W Beswick, st Oliver, b Ashby
M Shepard, b Stevens
J Lincoln, not out
J Eaglesham, not out
TOTAL (6 wkts)
Best bowling: Stevens 3-56.
J Waldron, c Loveday, b Eaglesham
T Sheldon, c Lane, b Woodford
J Harvey, lbw, b Woodford
G Ashby, c & b Woodford
A Ul-Wahab, b Lane
M Stevens, b Lane
J Sheldon, not out
B Oliver, not out
TOTAL (6 wkts)
Best bowling: Woodford 3-48.
HENLEY 2nds went down to a seven-wicket defeat away to BURNHAM 2nds in Division 2B.
The hosts won the toss and put Henley into bat first and dismissed them for 127 with M Ahmed taking 5-23. In reply Burnham eased to 130-3 off just 26.1 overs.
Elsewhere in the division WARGRAVE continue to search for their first win of the season as they went down to defeat at home to BAGSHOT.
Batting first the hosts were all out for 191 with Dan Davies top scoring 53. In reply Bagshot reached their target of 195-7 off 46.5 overs.
HENLEY 3rds lost out in their away match against Division 4B league leaders YATELEY 2nds.
Batting first the hosts put on 242-8 before bowling Henley out for 143.
HENLEY 4ths remain bottom of Division 6A after going down to defeat against HAYES 2nds at Nettlebed.
The visitors put on 282-6 from their allotted overs before bowling Henley out for just 91.
WARGRAVE 2nds triumphed in their away Division 6B fixture at THEALE AND TILEHURST 2nds.
The hosts, having lost the toss, were put into bat first and were dismissed for 223. In reply J Moss hit 75 and D Colbourne 53 as Wargrave narrowly got home in a tight encounter on 224-9.
KIDMORE END 2nds lost an entertaining Division 7B encounter with COOKHAM DEAN 3rds by three wickets at Gallowstree Common.
Having lost the toss Kidmore soon found themselves in trouble at 10-2 before a 92 run partnership between Oli Johnson and Cameron Livingstone-Smith wrestled the initiative back to the hosts until Johnson was dismissed for 37 as he was deceived by a Jones slower delivery.
Mike Dixon joined Livingstone-Smith and they put on 40 runs before Dixon was dismissed for 20. Livingstone-Smith provided the backbone of the Kidmore innings as he carried his bat throughout on the way to 84 not out. He was well supported by cameos from the lower order but Cookham’s bowlers stuck to their task well and Kidmore were dismissed four runs short of maximum batting bonus points on 196.
In reply the Cookham innings mirrored that of Kidmore as they also found themselves precariously placed at 18-3 with Ryan Latter continuing to be in good form and Rufus Emmanuel putting in a good spell.
Cookham’s number three Oliver Freeman provided the backbone to their innings and he made an attractive 86 and received good support from Graham Wilson who made 61 as they took the Cookham side close to victory with a fine 100 partnership. However a late Kidmore rally saw them pick up three quick wickets and with Cookham needing 10 to win and Kidmore three wickets, the game was there for the taking for either side. Cookham duly achieved victory by three wickets.
KIDMORE END 2nds
M New, c Brooks, b Freeman
D New, b Jones
C Livingstone-Smith, not out
O Johnson, b Jones
M Dixon, lbw, b Taylor
R Latter, b Mushtaq
J Webster, b Taylor
R Corbett, b Pett
E Waldron, c Mushtaq, b Pett
T Butler, c Applegarth, b Pett
COOKHAM DEAN 3rds
D Brooks, c Wilson, b Latter
J Gay, c Livingstone-Smith, b Latter
O Freeman, c Wilson, b Webster
R Applegarth, b Emmanuel
M Cutting, c D New, b Emmanuel
G Wilson, c Emmanuel, b Wilson
T Hill, run out
A Pett, not out
S Mushtaq, not out
TOTAL (7 wkts)
In Division 9A KIDMORE END 3rds eased to victory at WOKINGHAM 5ths.
Kidmore End were put into bat first and put on 254-5 with P Lawson top scoring with 79. In reply Wokingham were bowled out for 140.