Sheldons hit half-centuries to keep Kidmore on track
KIDMORE END kept up their Division 2A promotion push with victory against struggling OMT at Gallowstree
KIDMORE END kept up their Division 2A promotion push with victory against struggling OMT at Gallowstree Common on Saturday.
Stand-in skipper Jeff Sheldon won the toss and opened the batting along with his brother Tom.
The duo got off to a good start putting on 80 before Tom was dismissed to a diving catch at square leg for 59.
The arrival of James Harvey saw the scoring slow but the partnership put on 54 for the second wicket before Jeff Sheldon was caught at deep mid-wicket.
Chris De Wet, Abid ul-Wahab and Matt Stevens all then lost their wickets cheaply before Alex Crawford rebuilt the innings with Harvey.
Crawford put on 23 before he was out lbw shortly followed by Harvey being being bowled by Mahmood for 42.
Pigden was then out caught and bowled while New lost his wicket for 2. James Walker then hit 32 runs which included a six and four fours as the hosts ended on 229-9.
In reply Kidmore took the old ball and packed fielders round the bat and hunted for early wickets.
Wickets fell at regular intervals as the visitors were dismissed for 172 with ul Wahab taking 3-22.
J Sheldon, c Hassan, b Mahmood
T Sheldon, c Mahmood, b Walden
J Harvey, b Mahmood
C De Wet, c Katz, b Mahmood
A ul Wahab, b Katz
M Stevens, c Worthington, b Mahmood
A Crawford, lbw, b Hassan
C Pigden, c & b Mahmood
D New, c Walden, b Hassan
J Walker, not out
J Rogers, not out
TOTAL (9 wkts)
Best bowling: A Mahmood 5-51, R Hassan 2-40.
R Maini, c Pigden, b Walker
P Marshall, c Harvey, b Stevens
R Hassan, c Sheldon, b ul Wahab
K Vedd, b Walker
P Walden, c Sheldon, b Rogers
A Mahmood, b De Wet
R Winkle, b De Wet
A Shivkumar, b ul Wahab
J Worthington, b Crawford
P Maini, lbw, b ul Wahab
P Katz, not out
Best bowling: A ul Wahab 3-22, C De Wet 2-24, J Walker 2-20.
HENLEY 2nds moved up to third place in Division 2B thanks to victory against HIGH WYCOMBE 2nds.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first but were bowled out for 125 with Simon Wheeler returning impressive figures of 5-28. In reply Henley reached 126-6 to win the match from 28.3 overs.
Elsewhere in the division basement side WARGRAVE went down to defeat away to HURST. The hosts, batting first, put on 234-9 with N Robinson taking 5-50 for the visitors. However, in reply Wargrave were skittled out for 149.
HENLEY 3rds remain in relegation trouble in Division 4B after losing out at home to COOKHAM DEAN 2nds.
The hosts won the toss and batted first and put on 262-8 with Hopkins top scoring with 75 and Rogers ending on 53 not out.
In reply Richardson hit 132 as Cookham Dean put on 263-8 to win the match.
Division 6A basement side HENLEY 4ths lost out away to league leaders SLOUGH 4ths.
The visitors, having lost the toss, were put into bat first and were dismissed for 137. In reply Slough eased to 138-4 to win the match.
WARGRAVE 2nds remain in second spot in Division 6B after defeating HURST 2nds.
The hosts, batting first, put on 301-9 with M Townson top scoring with 70 and J Colbourne chipping in with 69. In reply Hurst were dismissed for 220.
In Division 7B KIDMORE END 2nds lost out in a high scoring game to FARNHAM COMMON 2nds.
Having won the toss and choosing to bat first Farnham weathered a good opening spell from Ben Berryman and Rufus Emmanuel to post 61 for the first wicket before Emmanuel induced an edge from home opening batsman Shiv Niese as he was well held by wicketkeeper Callum Driscoll.
The score moved on to 96 before Todd Butler, with a sharp piece of fielding, effected a direct hit run out and Vijya Kalabondi was dismissed for 7.
Kidmore continued to toil manfully away in batting friendly conditions on a true pitch with a fast outfield and were doing a reasonable job at containing the home batsmen. Raheeb Lochab was riding his luck as the visitors were unable to hold on to a string of chances which he provided and ultimately he proved to be the backbone to the Farnham Common innings as he made 185 with the next highest score being his fellow opener Niese’s 25.
Emmanuel bowled well and was rewarded with four wickets and Butler and Finlay Simmons also put in good spells for the visitors but the home side declared on 281-5 after 45 overs which left Kidmore 45 overs to achieve a winning total.
The Kidmore innings started off positively as openers Mark New and Aaron Frank added 32 for the first wicket in the first five overs before Frank was bowled for 7. Berryman then joined New and they added a further 23 off the next five overs until Berryman’s demise for 9 with the score on 55. New then teamed up with Mike Dixon before he was also bowled for 35 with the score on 71 in the 12th over as the batsmen friendly conditions continued to prevail.
Dixon made 30 when he was adjudged lbw. Kidmore continued to score freely but no one batsman got themselves in to forge a substantial partnership which would see Kidmore home. The lower order continued to play positively which enabled Kidmore to collect maximum batting bonus points as Callum Driscoll made 32, Joe Webster 21, Rufus Emmanuel 17 and Max Clark 10 not out as Kidmore were bowled out for 216 with only 12 balls needed to be negotiated for a draw.
WARGRAVE 3rds had the better of their Division 9A draw at COVE 5ths. In a low scoring match Wargrave put on 195-7 with A Hatley top scoring with 50. In reply Cove finished their innings on 168-6.