Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Greys openers in fine form before weather has final say

THE weather had the final say as GREYS GREEN’S home match with WHITCHURCH was eventually abandoned.

THE weather had the final say as GREYS GREEN’S home match with WHITCHURCH was eventually abandoned.

Inserted on a wicket spiced up by morning showers, Greys’ opening pair needed to be on top of their game to withstand fine bowling from Heard and Xavier.

Whitchurch fielders keenly supported their bowlers and after an hour and three-quarters, Greys Green had only reached 80, albeit without loss.

At this point, with only a dozen overs remaining, Evans and Knight both started to play more expansively and, with both reaching half-centuries, they were finally parted when Evans was bowled for 68.

Knight perished soon after for 58 but, with Singh scoring a quick-fire 27, Greys had put on 168-2.



Ahmed and Shafqat then proceeded to unveil their own skills, although they didn’t have to wait so long for their reward, with Leach being sharply caught by Skilleter in the first over.

Both bowlers beat the bat consistently but only one more wicket had fallen before â?? with Whitchurch on 33-2 in the 15th over â?? a heavy deluge brought the game to a premature end.

GREYS GREEN



M Evans, b Flood

65

J Knight, c & b Flood

58

D Singh, not out

27

M Skilleter, not out

8

Extras

10





TOTAL (2 wkts)

168

Best bowling: M Flood 2-38.

WHITCHURCH



Leach, c Skilleter, b Ahmed

0

Flood, c Perry, b Ahmed

10

Vaughan, not out

17

Kilford, not out

4

Extras

2





TOTAL (2 wkts)

33

Best bowling: B Ahmed 2-21.

COOKHAM DEAN chose to bat first in Sunday’s 40 over game against GREYS GREEN and with a true wicket and lightning-fast outfield, it was not hard to see why.

The hosts’ opening pair proceeded to enjoy the conditions. Pym was especially savage on the bowlers and, although enjoying the odd stroke of good fortune, he played many more which raced to all parts of the boundary.

At one point, 300 plus was very much on the cards but Skilleter, amongst the carnage, bowled well to return figures of 3-23 from his allotted overs.

Once the second wicket had fallen at 161, Greys managed to gain an element of control, although Pym continued on his merry way passing, first his century and just before the end, his 150. Cookham ended on 239-6.

Greys Green went about their difficult task positively as five of their batsmen made some good scores — Knight, Shafqat, Singh, Lambert and Ahmed — but no one was able to go on to make the big score necessary, in the way that Pym had done for Cookham and, as a result, Greys fell just short of their target on 219-6.

COOKHAM DEAN



Pym, c Lambert, b Ahmed

153

Harvey, c Ahmed, b Skilleter

22

Shaw, c & b Skilleter

22

Evans, lbw, b Skilleter

1

Wanniratchered, c Lambert, b Shafqat

13

Rosanthal, b Ahmed

8

Taylor, not out

5

Finlan, not out

1

Extras

17





TOTAL (6 wkts)

239

Best bowling: M Skilleter 3-23, B Ahmed 2-60.

GREYS GREEN



M Shafqat, b Harvey

44

J Knight, b Shaw

38

M Skilleter, b Shaw

0

T Rooke, c Gay, b Shaw

8

M Lambert, c Shaw, b Finlan

28

D Singh, b Pym

36

P Hoggart, not out

17

B Ahmed, not out

27

Extras

21





TOTAL (6 wkts)

219

Best bowling: Shaw 3-29.



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