Zaheer’s dismissal leaves evenly fought match tied
TWO fine catches by Richard Ashton spotlighted an impressive PEPPARD STOKE ROW fielding display as they
TWO fine catches by Richard Ashton spotlighted an impressive PEPPARD STOKE ROW fielding display as they bounced back to winning ways in the Premier Division with an 88-run success at home to WOODLEY on Saturday.
The hosts suffered a double early setback as they were reduced to 4-2 after losing the toss, but Andy Watts and Dan Hayden counterattacked to good effect during a stand of 66.
Hayden was out to a ball from Abdul Khaliq which clipped his off stump before Watts’ efforts to hack it through cow corner also ended in disappointment, the hosts slipping to 78-4.
Captain Paddy Hennessy displayed all his customary grace and elegance in a match-winning stand of 92 with Simon Gozzard.
After that pair departed it was left to Sam Fooks to play a breezy innings which took Peppard Stoke Row to 207-8 in their 45 overs.
The home side chose to take the old ball and Woodley had no answer to the trickery of Dion Sampson and Ian Jackson, quickly falling to 30-5 as Hugh Asquith took a slip catch and Hayden held a skier.
Adnan Riaz and Kashif Ali rebuilt the innings to some degree before both fell to Fooks, aided by catches by Hayden and Sampson.
Faisal Ahmed and Naveed Ashgar hung around for a short time before the latter was caught on the long on boundary off Sampson, Ashton sprinting 45 yards from extra cover before snaffling the ball on the run.
The same fielder then topped that effort to snare Abdul Khaliq off the bowling of Jackson, arguably covering more ground before flinging himself full stretch to take a diving effort inches off the ground with the ball coming over his shoulder.
It took just one more ball for the hosts to seal the win, Sampson cleaning up number 11 Yasar Khan first ball.
PEPPARD STOKE ROW
J Leach, c Iqbal, b Ali
H Asquith, c Stanley, b Ali
A Watts, b Ali
D Hayden, b Khaliq
P Hennessy, c Khaliq, b Asif
S Gozzard, c Stanley, b Y Khan
R Ashton, c Khaliq, b Y Khan
G Bacon, b Y Khan
S Fooks, not out
D Sampson, not out
TOTAL (8 wkts)
A Asif, c Hayden, b Jackson
S Khan, c Hennessy, b Sampson
A Iqbal, lbw, b Jackson
S Basra, c Asquith, b Sampson
R Stanley, lbw, b Jackson
K Ali, c Sampson, b Fooks
F Ahmed, not out
N Ashgar, c Ashton, b Sampson
A Khaliq, c Ashton, b Jackson
Y Khan, b Sampson
Best bowling: D Sampson 4-16, I Jackson 4-39, S Fooks 3-32.
A nail-biting finish at MORTIMER WEST END saw WOODCOTE tie with the home side.
On a rain-affected pitch the bowlers proved dominant. Woodcote won the toss and asked the home team to bat. Against some tight bowling it took Mortimer just over 43 overs to score their 122 runs and they might have been dismissed for a much lower total but for the continued scourge of dropped catches.
The bowling honours went to Zaheer Ahmed (3-26), Paul Knox (3-35) and Steve Henderson (2-16 in 11 overs).
A Woodcote win seemed assured between innings, but once again the batsmen struggled and early wickets fell.
Three good catches were held by the home fielders but with Steve Henderson batting well, the win still looked likely. However, wickets continued to fall mainly to Bob Hodson (5-15) and Woodcote found themselves facing defeat at 104-9.
Mark Pearson and Zaheer Ahmed batted sensibly to edge the scores closer in a last wicket partnership of 18, but with one run needed for victory Zaheer holed out.
MORTIMER WEST END
S Audsley, b Z Ahmed
N Kingston, b Knox
C Ferguson, b Knox
W Bray, c Silver, b Henderson
A Johnson, b Henderson
J Beale, c Clark, b Ahmed
R Hodson, c Clark, b Akram
G Stamp, b Ahmed
A Telford, b Knox
I Wise, c Henderson, b Pearson
K Allsobrook, not out
J Mayo, c Wise, b Kingston
W Macdonald, c Ferguson, b Allsobrook
P Knox, lbw, b Allsobrook
M Stroker, c Johnson, b Hodson
S Henderson, run out
J Clark, c Johnson, b Hodson
J Worsfold, b Hodson
A Silver, c Allsobrook, b Hodson
Z Akram, c Allsobrook, b Hodson
M Pearson, not out
Z Ahmed, c Hodson, b Kingston
GORING pushed previously unbeaten leaders EMMBROOK AND BEARWOOD to the limit in a thrilling Division 1 match.
Having been put in to bat, Goring struggled early on and were reeling at 72-5 at the half way stage, with Callum Marshall taking 3-42 as he took care of the middle order.
The home team fought back as Matt Norman and Peter Slade made vital contributions as the tail wagged to take Goring to 172-9 in their allotted 45 overs.
In reply Emmbrook were cruising as Chris Fletcher looked to have won the game for the visitors with the score on 113-1. Goring never gave up and took full advantage of drinks to take a wicket in the over before and two in the over following the break as the run rate slowed and the tension grew.
When the eighth wicket fell with Emmbrook still requiring 14 to win the game was in the balance.
Goring then dropped two catches which ultimately proved their downfall as Emmbrook crept home to claim victory by two wickets.
W Brownlee, lbw, b Sawyer
D Kent, c & b Cole
O Carrier, c Fletcher, b Marshall
N Kulkarni, c Phelps, b Sawyer
J Russell, b Marshall
A Ellis, c West, b Woodward
A Hussain, c Woodward, b Marshall
M Norman, c & b Cole
S Wincott, b Lewis
P Slate, not out
TOTAL (9 wkts)
Best bowling: C Marshall 3-42, R Cole 2-28, C Sawyer 2-45.
EMMBROOK & BEARWOOD
E Oliver, c Wincott, b Carrier
C Fletcher, c Brownlee, b Carrier
A Carter, c Norman, b Sexon
S Woodward, c Carrier, b Sexon
P West, c Russell, b Carrier
A Robertson, c Russell, b Slade
R Phelps, st Russell, b Sexon
R Cole, lbw, b Kulkarni
C Marshall, not out
A Lewis, not out
TOTAL (8 wkts)
Best bowling: L Sexon 3-40, O Carrier 3-46.
Elsewhere in the division PEPPARD STOKE ROW 2nds suffered a losing draw at BRADFIELD.
Bradfield were put into bat and were scoring at a healthy rate before 13-year-old James Langston was brought into the attack and promptly bowled Matt Evans with an off-cutter.
Dom Hall then again proved his worth behind the stumps with a diving leg-side catch to dismiss Alex Brunwin off Neeraj Sharma.
When skipper Mark Bolton came into bat his side were 80-3 and in need of a solid knock from him to ensure a competitive total could be set for Peppard Stoke Row to chase. This goal was more than achieved as he, Paul Hale and Jamie Stansfield played watchfully before attacking the Peppard Stoke Row bowling to eventually post 281 and an early declaration.
Needing 282 for victory off 47 overs the Peppard Stoke Row reply was held back throughout by tight bowling from Jack Byrne and David North on a wearing surface.
Pradeep Kumar, James Langston and 15-year-old Alfie Burnett all spent solid spells at the crease, each taking any runs whenever on offer.
Matt Ravden’s 54 not out ensured that Peppard Stoke Row were not in danger of losing the match.
Olly Nicholson joined Ravden in search of batting points with Peppard Stoke Row on 131-7. The pair added a further 54 runs off the remaining six overs before the end of the match, with Nicholson’s 38 not out coming off 20 balls.