Father and son dig in to ensure visitors gain share of the spoils
ANDY WATTS and Dan Hayden starred with bat and ball as PEPPARD STOKE ROW edged to a four-wicket
ANDY WATTS and Dan Hayden starred with bat and ball as PEPPARD STOKE ROW edged to a four-wicket win at home to SANDHURST in the Premier Division on Saturday.
The visitors won the toss and chose to bat at Peppard Common, making a good start as Adam Birch and Sumit Malla put on 85 for the first wicket before the former was bowled by Watts, the veteran seamer bowling 12 overs off the reel in a tidy spell.
That dismissal changed proceedings and none of the Sandhurst line-up could get to grips with Dion Sampson, Ian Jackson and the returning Hayden.
Sampson was aided by a fine catch at silly point by Richard Ashton, the fielder hanging on to a cut just yards from the bat to dismiss Mike Hill.
James Birch struck a couple of lusty blows late in the day but Sandhurst’s total of 176-8 always looked inadequate.
Ashton gave the hosts a blistering start before holing out to the long on boundary, but Hugh Asquith and Watts batted well to steady the ship.
JC Arnold made an encouraging return before hitting a full toss to mid off, but Watts was joined by Hayden in putting the hosts in control.
The hosts lost a couple of further wickets, but with Hayden again in full command, victory was secured with six overs to spare.
A Birch, b Watts
S Malla, lbw, b Hayden
D Bird, lbw, b Jackson
A Tutty, lbw, b Jackson
M Hill, c Ashton, b Sampson
P Panesar, b Hayden
C Pharo, b Hayden
N Rajawat, run out
J Birch, not out
E Batchelor, not out
TOTAL (8 wkts)
PEPPARD STOKE ROW
H Asquith, b Malla
R Ashton, c Pharo, b Malla
A Watts, c Hill, b J Birch
JC Arnold, c A Birch, b J Birch
D Hayden, not out
P Hennessy, c Rajawat, b Pharo
P Duncan, c Malla, b Pharo
G Bacon, not out
TOTAL (6 wkts)
WOODCOTE suffered an eight-wicket defeat at Reading University against WEST READING. A series of rash shots saw wickets tumble at regular intervals as Shary Tariq took 5-25 for the hosts as Woodcote were dismissed for just 90 runs.
In reply West Reading hit the required runs from just 16 overs with the loss of just two wickets.
J Mayo, run out
P Knox, c & b U Tariq
J Clark, c Mubin, b S Tariq
M Stroker, c Mubin, b U Tariq
S Henderson, c Zafar, b S Tariq
S Gordon, c Hafeez, b S Tariq
R Van Heerden, lbw, b S Tariq
JP Brouard, b Hafeez
J Worsfold, b S Tariq
Z Akram, not out
Z Ahmed, c S Tariq, b Iqbal
A Davidson, not out
K Kamal, c Ahmed, b Worsfold
R Khan, b Clark
Z Ali, not out
TOTAL (2 wkts)
CHECKENDON remain in second place in Division 1 thanks to a 51-run victory at home to WELFORD PARK.
An opening partnership of 87 between Manpreet Singh and Aidan Keeble was followed by a captain’s innings of 73 from Vikas Chib who hit two sixes and 11 fours as the home team raced to 244-6.
A fine spell from Welford’s left arm seamer Steve Yahia, who took 3-42, showed there was something in the pitch for bowlers as well as batsmen.
The visitors were given an ideal start to their reply by John Westbrook who struck 82, taking Welford Park to 101-1 after 17 overs.
Two wickets in consecutive overs for left arm spinner Harry Wickens gave Checkendon an opening which was fully exploited by seamers Tony Breakspear, Rajesh Tiwari and Vikas Chib.
Welford Park appeared likely to hold on for a draw thanks to all-rounder Ian Herrington but were foiled by a good delivery from Chib to take the last wicket off the penultimate ball of the match.
A Keeble, c Yahia, b Hutchinson
M Singh, c & b Yahia
V Chib, c Philips, b Barrett
L Gray, run out
R Vedanthappa, c Griffith, b Yahia
S Hegde, c Carter, b Yahia
P Panwar, not out
S Poodipeddi, not out
B Myers, c Panwar, b Breakspear
J Westbrook, c Singh, b H Wickens
W Herrington, st Vedanthappa, b H Wickens
S Phillips, b Chib
S Yahia, b Tiwari
G Griffith, b Tiwari
A Hutchinson, c Gray, b Breakspear
I Herrington, not out
M Carter, c Vedanthappa, b Breakspear
E Webber, b Chib
J Barrett, b Chib
Elsewhere in the division GORING were held to a draw by visitors PEPPARD STOKE ROW 2nds.
Goring were put into bat on a track with a fast outfield and the visitors bowled and fielded particularly well to restrict the home team to 235.
At 31-3 it took Adam Ellis to patiently rebuild the innings with a steady knock of 62 from Alex Crawford.
The visitors’ Sam Fooks and Rob Dyer bowled consistently and successfully stemmed a potential flow of runs mid-innings and when Crawford was run out well short by a direct throw by Dominic Hall from behind the stumps it needed a cameo from Afzal Hussain to push the score beyond 200.
Olly Nicholson bowled well in a short spell at the end of the innings to remove Hussain with a sharp inswinger and had Ellis caught for a well-made 76.
In reply Peppard Stoke Row were hoping for a quick start to their run chase but, after Nicholson nicked off early, it was down to Don Townsin and Sam Fooks to build the foundations of the innings with a partnership and after 20 overs the teams’ scores were comparable with the visitors in a good position at 75-1. The introduction of Len Sexon proved decisive as he gained turn and bounce to claim three top order wickets and effectively end Peppard Stoke Row’s challenge.
Nick Windsor offered determined resistance and used his feet well to deny the seam movement of Jamie Vickery, but it was the father and son partnership of Paul and Alfie Burnett who ensured the visitors were able to hold out for a draw, successfully claiming an additional batting point with an all-run four in the final over.
L Sexon, b Dyer
D Kent, lbw, b Fooks
A Crawford, run out
J Vickery, c Hall, b Dyer
A Ellis, c Hall, b Nicholson
A Hussain, b Nicholson
P Slade, not out
S Wincott, not out
TOTAL (6 wkts)
PEPPARD STOKE ROW 2nds
D Townsin, c Crawford, b Sexon
O Nicholson, c Wincott, b Kent
S Fooks, c Kent, b Sexon
S Gozzard, b Vickery
R Walker, st Norman, b Sexon
N Windsor, b Crawford
D Hall, c Crawford, b Slade
N Sharma, lbw, b Kent
A Burnett, not out
P Burnett, not out
TOTAL (8 wkts)
Best bowling: Sexon 3-40, Kent 2-33.
PEPPARD STOKE ROW 3rds suffered a difficult day as they were comprehensively beaten by nine wickets at in-form WEST READING 3rds in Division 3.
Aled Roberts top scored with 13 as a young visiting Peppard Stoke Row side were bowled out for just 53 runs, before the hosts knocked off their required target in 7.5 overs with youngster George Lee claiming the only wicket.