Thursday, 24 June 2021

Gallowstree Common clash left in balance by weather

RAIN forced the abandonment of several fixtures late in the day last Saturday throughout the league.

RAIN forced the abandonment of several fixtures late in the day last Saturday throughout the league.

In Division 2A KIDMORE END’S match at Gallowstree Common was brought to a halt against NORTH MAIDENHEAD.

The visitors, having won the toss, elected to bat. Skipper James Frost struck first with a seaming delivery in bowler friendly conditions, as A. Asghar was caught in the gully by Oliver.

Youngster Jake Easton then took his first league wicket, held at mid-on by his captain and at 4-2 North Maidenhead were reeling.

This forced them into a defensive shell and they only scored 30 runs in the next 15 overs when Frost struck again thanks to a catch diving to his left, from an inside edge, by nimble keeper Zac Leonard.



With the ball seaming about on a slightly damp pitch and with moisture in the air it was inevitable that Jeff Sheldon would join the attack and with success. The batsmen dug in, wickets began to fall less frequently, but the scoring did not accelerate and it took North Maidenhead 30 overs to add another 100 runs.

During this time Abid ul Wahab had taken two wickets for 18 runs, one of which was from a disguised slower ball. Jeff Sheldon also had success — finishing with 4-55 — and was well supported by some fine catching.

Jake Easton held two catches at deep extra cover off mistimed drives as the batsmen tried to free themselves from the Sheldon shackles.

Frost returned for a second spell and was again miserly and a touch unlucky not to add to his wicket tally. He bowled 19 overs for 38 runs taking two wickets by the end of the innings. The final score was 159-9 from 52 overs.

Kidmore got off to a reasonable start, 25 runs in the first nine overs against two spin bowlers. When Joe Waldron was dismissed by a bat pad catch, there was a cluster of wickets and in a blink of an eye Kidmore were 26-3. However, with the fielders in close, Tom Sheldon and Abid ul-Wahab took advantages of the spaces in the deep and counterattacked.

After 15 overs Kidmore were 55-3. The game was evenly poised before a deluge of rain forced the match to be abandoned.

NORTH MAIDENHEAD



S Bukhari, c Frost, b Easton

1

A Asghar, c Oliver, b Frost

2

S Asghar, c Easton, b J Sheldon

30

M Ashraf, c Leonard, b Frost

10

K Abbas, b ul-Wahab

12

P Shan, b J Sheldon

8

S Ahmed, lbw, b ul-Wahab

7

A Asghar snr, not out

44

J Manhaar, c Easton, b J Sheldon

13

T Musfudza, c Leonard, b J Sheldon

8

A Ashraq, not out

2

Extras

22





TOTAL (9 wkts)

159

Best bowling: Sheldon 4-55, ul-Wahab 2-17, J Frost 2-38.



KIDMORE END



J Waldron, c Abbas, b Mufudza

9

T Sheldon, not out

20

Z Leonard, c Manharb, b Ahmed

1

G Ashby, c A Asghar snr, b Mufudza

0

A ul-Wahab, not out

19

Extras

6





TOTAL (3 wkts)

55







WARGRAVE won their first Division 2B match of the season at SLOUGH 2nds.

Having lost the toss and being put into bat first the visitors were bowled out for 244 with Imran Malik top scoring with 86 and M Sohi chipping in with 54.

In reply Slough were bowled out for 238 with E Woods taking 5-50.

Elsewhere in the division HENLEY 2nds triumphed at home to HAYES.

The visitors, put into bat first, were bowled out for 127 with Matt Carter taking 6-53. In reply Henley eased to their target, finishing on 128-2 with Z Jones being undefeated on 73.

In Division 4B HENLEY 3rds’ match at Nettlebed was abandoned against BRITISH AIRWAYS 2nds. The hosts had put on 175 with the visitors on 86-2 when the game was halted.

Liam Dennison’s unbeaten 128 not out was not enough for HENLEY 4ths as they lost out at OMT 2nds in Division 6A. Henley batted first and put on 214-6 with the visitors reaching their target, 215-3, off 45.3 overs.

WARGRAVE 2nds remain fourth in Division 6B following their abandonment at home to COVE 3rds.

The hosts had put on 178 with the visitors on 101-5 when the match was ended.

Despite suffering a 72-run defeat at FARNHAM ROYAL 2nds, KIDMORE END 2nds returned to the top of Division 7B following results elsewhere.

The home side won the toss and decided to bat first on what looked to be a good wicket.

Kidmore End landed the first blow as Ryan Latter bowled Farnham Royal captain Andy Jackson but there then followed a 108 run partnership between David Morgan and Eshwar Dutta who took Farnham Royal to 110.

A further 62 run partnership between Dutta and Zia Ahmed took the home side’s score to 172. James Harvey’s medium pace was being used to good effect and in combination with Ryan Latter they took the last eight wickets with 47 runs being added by Farnham Royal as they were all out for 221.



Kidmore’s reply started off positively as openers Chris Pigden and Mark New took on the Farnham Royal slow bowlers as they added 18 runs for the first wicket off the first three overs until New misjudged a drive and was caught.

The visitors’ reply stuttered a little as they moved to 48-4 with the top four batsmen getting in but then getting themselves out quickly.

Tom Bodeker’s 55 was the backbone of the Kidmore innings as he tried to get Kidmore near a winning total.

This proved too much as the visitors’ batting didn’t fire as only Ryan Corbett with 22 and Joe Webster with 10 provided innings of any real substance as Kidmore were dismissed for 149 in the 34th over.

FARNHAM ROYAL



A Jackson, b Latter

2

E Dutta, c & b Harvey

48

D Morgan, run out

75

Z Ahmed, c M New, b Harvey

55

B Rylance, b Harvey

2

B Quelch, not out

21

G Field, b Latter

0

S Sen, lbw, b Harvey

0

A Ramzan, b Harvey

0

C Jackson, b Latter

1

A Moncrieff, lbw, b Latter

2

Extras

15





TOTAL

221

Best bowling: J Harvey 5-73, R Latter 4-56.

KIDMORE END 2nds



C Pigden, c Morgan, b Dutta

9

M New, c Rylance, b Ahmed

10

J Harvey, c Ramzan, b Dutta

9

D New, b Ahmed

1

T Bodeker, b Moncrieff

55

O Johnson, lbw, b Dutta

2

W Chapman, lbw, b Dutta

5

R Latter, b Moncrieff

6

J Webster, not out

10

R Corbett, lbw, b Dutta

22

N Rajmohan, lbw, b Dutta

2

Extras

18





TOTAL

149





The Division 9A derby match between KIDMORE END 3rds and visitors WARGRAVE 3rds was another fixture brought to an abrupt end by the weather.

The hosts had put on 160-8 with the visitors on 58-2 when rain stopped play.



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