Acland-Hood leads way for visitors with impressive ton
PEPPARD STOKE ROW were again left cursing their bad luck as they recorded a losing draw
PEPPARD STOKE ROW were again left cursing their bad luck as they recorded a losing draw at CROWTHORNE AND CROWN WOOD in a rain-affected Premier Division game at St Sebastian’s.
Having won the toss, the visitors made a couple of early breakthroughs courtesy of stand-in captain Andy Watts, the South African-born all-rounder dismissing Richard Barron and Mohammed Arshad early on after taking the new ball.
Dan Hayden continued his fine summer by removing Ant Cluett and Nick Outram, the latter falling victim to a one-handed caught and bowled, as the hosts slipped to 51-4.
Dion Sampson again showcased his magisterial art of spin bowling in trapping Thamindu Wedatilake lbw, but a fine partnership from Alex Sykes and Jeff Cluett wrested the initiative back for the home side.
Flamboyant cameos from Azharudeen Maharoof and Rob Crook galvanised the hosts’ innings, and despite a decent spell from Sam Boughton, they ended their innings on 222-9.
Will Bishop and Hugh Asquith gave Peppard Stoke Row a steady start before the latter nicked off to Ashley Fowles.
The same bowler then bounced out Watts second ball, but Bishop and Boughton steadied the ship in taking Peppard Stoke Row to 62-2.
With the wicket freshened by a shower, Boughton then gloved Alex Sykes to first slip, caught by Arshad, and Bishop was then stumped off Australian seamer Angus Murray.
Dan Hayden and Richard Ashton were paired at the crease for just four balls before the players were taken from the field with Peppard Stoke Row on 71-4 after 21 overs.
The game was abandoned shortly after to leave Peppard Stoke Row with just four points from what was an evenly-contested game.
CROWTHORNE AND CROWN WOOD
R Barron, c Nicholson, b Watts
M Arshad, c Bacon, b Watts
N Outram, c & b Hayden
A Cluett, b Hayden
T Wedatilake, lbw, b Sampson
A Sykes, c Watts, b Hayden
J Cluett, c Boughton, b Sampson
A Maharoof, c Watts, b Boughton
R Crook, c Sampson, b Boughton
A Murray, not out
A Fowles, not out
TOTAL (9 wkts)
PEPPARD STOKE ROW
W Bishop, st Maharoof, b Murray
H Asquith, c Maharoof, b Fowles
A Watts, c Maharoof, b Fowles
S Boughton, c Arshad, b Sykes
D Hayden, not out
R Ashton, not out
TOTAL (4 wkts)
Once again Will Macdonald starred with the bat, scoring an unbeaten century as WOODCOTE put themselves in a strong position to win their match against RUISLIP VICTORIA. Macdonald didn’t need a great deal of support but Jonny Clark also scored useful runs at number three.
However, just over nine overs were played in the second innings before the ground was put under water by heavy rain.
During those overs Woodcote bowled themselves into a strong position to win taking three wickets in the opening spell from Paul Knox (2-16) and Ryan Van Heerden (1-15).
J Mayo, c Julien, b Jamil
P Knox, c Julien, b Jamil
J Clark, c F Khan, b Barreto
W Macdonald, not out
S Henderson, lbw, b Srinivasan
S Gordon, c D’Costa, b Barreto
R Van Heerden, cKhan, b D’Costa
J Worsfold, b D’Costa
A Silver, lbw, b Kapoor
Z Ahmed, not out
TOTAL (9 wkts)
Z Ahmed, b Knox
K Julien, b Knox
P Bailey, c Zaheer, b Van Heerden
V Srinivasan, not out
P Kapoor, not out
TOTAL (3 wkts)
GORING and WEST READING 2nds were embroiled in a high scoring thriller that ultimately resulted in hosts Goring claiming a winning draw to take them ahead of the visitors in the Division 1 table.
Having been put in to bat, Goring took the initiative early on with Jonny Russell and Chris Walsh scoring quickly in the opening overs.
Ollie Carrier and Jamie Vickery kept the momentum going with a rapid 90 run partnership and Nikhil Kulkarni pushed Goring closer to 300 with 47.
Despite a hat-trick from Fas Aslam, 11th man Peter Slade was able to take the home side past the landmark total with a monumental straight six as Goring finished on 304-9 off 45 overs.
In reply West Reading showed early intent, but regular wickets from Goring penned them back. After 25 overs, heavy rain delayed and shortened the game with West Reading on 143-6. With 11 overs lost, the visitors returned to the crease knowing that 87 runs in nine overs would earn them a winning draw.
The seventh wicket partnership was initially on target with some powerful hitting, but when Jamie Vickery sent Yaunus Khan back to the pavilion the focus changed to saving the match.
Goring could not grab the final wicket as West Reading held on for a losing draw at 183-9, with Peter Slade taking 5-40 and Jamie Vickery 3-66.
O Tong-Jones, b Khan
J Russell, c & b Akram
C Walsh, lbw, b Akram
J Vickery, run out
O Carrier, c & b Ahmed
N Kulkarni, c Khan, b Aslam
A Ellis, b Aslam
A Hussain, b Javed
M Norman, b Aslam
G Taylor, not out
P Slade, not out
TOTAL (9 wkts)
WEST READING 2nds
Ad Raja, c Tong-Jones, b Vickery
Am Raja, c Norman, b Slade
Y Khan, b Vickery
U Ali, c Russell, b Slade
V Patel, b Slade
F Raja, c Tong-Jones, b Walsh
J Ahmed, b Slade
W Akram, b Slade
M Asif, b Vickery
F Aslam, not out
N Javed, not out
TOTAL (9 wkts)
Best bowling: P Slade 5-40.
CHECKENDON secured a convincing win away to BRADFIELD thanks initially to John Acland-Hood’s undefeated 122.
A brief heavy shower just before the start appeared to cause some variable bounce but Acland-Hood batted throughout the innings, putting on 85 for the first wicket with Manpreet Singh and an unbeaten 75 with Varun Kaushal for the seventh as the visitors reached 226.
Hostile bowler Tony Breakspear and Rajesh Tiwari then put the home side in an impossible position at 33-5 after nine overs. Breakspear took three wickets, all bowled off stump in one over but it was Tiwari who finished with 5-33 as he returned to polish off the tail. Bradfield were dismissed for 106 in 41 overs despite Dave North’s 37 in a 58 run sixth wicket stand with M Bolton which occupied 26 overs.
J Acland-Hood, not out
M Singh, lbw, b North
J Hoyle, b Byrne
V Chib, c North, b McLean
R Vedanthappa, c North, b Byrne
L Gray, c Evans, b McLean
S Hegde, lbw, b McLean
V Kaushal, not out
TOTAL (6 wkts)
T Wilson, c Singh, b Tiwari
A Brunwin, b Breakspear
W Banks, b Breakspear
M Evans, b Breakspear
M Bolton, lbw, b Tiwari
J Stansfield, c Vedanthappa, b Breakspear
D North, lbw, b Tiwari
J Byrne, b Tiwari
N Goodwin, c Acland-Hood, b Tiwari
B Bolton, c Vedanthappa, b Chib
C McLean, not out
Best bowling: Tiwari 5-33, Breakspear 4-25.
A heavy downpour at Newlands Lane forced the Division 4 game between PEPPARD STOKE ROW 3rds and CROWTHORNE AND CROWN WOOD 3rds to be abandoned.
The hosts had put themselves in a reasonable position after Matt Ravden, with an impressive knock of 56, and Chris Proudfoot, with 48 not out, had helped them to 184-7.
But rain proved the winner as the visitors’ innings was halted on 28-0 after 9.3 overs of their reply.