Waldon and Easton knocks not enough for Kidmore End
KIDMORE END openers Joe Waldron and Jake Easton put on a partnership of 195 runs during
KIDMORE END openers Joe Waldron and Jake Easton put on a partnership of 195 runs during their Division 2A clash with BRITISH AIRWAYS on Saturday in a match that eventually ended in a draw.
Visiting skipper James Frost won the toss and elected to bat first and 17—year—old Easton opened with Waldron and immediately they forged a good partnership.
The 50 came up in the 13th over and the century just 10 overs later. The pair did not let up and although British Airways managed to slow the scoring with the introduction of the spin bowlers the Kidmore opening pair simply kept going. With the fours and sixes flowing as the partnership grew both batsmen grew in confidence as they put together one of Kidmore’s best partnerships for any wicket in the league in a number of years.
The partnership lasted 39 overs, and included 29 boundaries, Waldron contributed 99 runs, whilst Easton scored 80 with number of extras, and it was eventually broken when Waldron was caught on 99.
Kidmore’s scoring then slowed for half an hour as Easton tired and Sheldon struggled to strike as many fours as his predecessor. Easton was guided to his personal maiden century.
Wickets in consecutive overs might well have slowed the scoring rate, but Guy Ashby and Zac Leonard put on 59 runs in just five overs as Kidmore End finished on 296—3.
Wickets were hard to come by on the flat pitch and Kidmore initially rotated three spin bowlers, Ashby, Crawford and Stevens. All three went through a variety of alternative deliveries in an attempt to initially draw the batsmen into attacking shots, and then to try and flummox them once they had become more attacking.
Sheldon caught the opening batsmen off Crawford with the score on 17 off the first 11 overs. The introduction of Sawant galvanised the other batsman Baliver and the pair went on to score 80 runs in 10 overs.
A fine catch by Matt Stevens turned the tables as he had to run 20 metres as the ball went over his head and then dive full stretch as the ball came down over his shoulder to take the catch inches from the ground. Despite fast bowler Walker taking the wicket, pace on the ball was not helping Kidmore End’s plight for wickets and so Frost brought the spinners back into the attack.
Ashby slowed the flow of runs and took a wicket in his first over with a well flighted delivery, which drew Baliver down the pitch, deceived by flight he missed the ball and Leonard took the stumping.
Crawford followed this up by taking two wickets in his first over of his second spell bowling host skipper Azizi and then snaring Ahmed thanks to a sharp catch by Leonard stood up to the stumps.
These three wickets in two overs, when the score was on 150, changed the entire nature of the game. From Kidmore being on the back foot, they were now able to apply pressure.
Again Ashby’s deceptive flight enticed a false shot from Butt and Stevens held the catch, in the 37th over with the score on 172. It was shortly after this the quicker bowlers came back on. The quicker men took three wickets in the last few overs of the game, but could not take the much needed fourth as the game ended in a draw with British Airways finishing on 214—9.
J Waldron, c Ahmed, b Masher
J Easton, c Shree, b Masher
J Sheldon, c Masher, b Azizi
G Ashby, not out
Z Leonard, not out
TOTAL (3 wkts)
Best bowling: Masher 2—28.
Masher, c Sheldon, b Crawford
Balvir, st Leonard, b Ashby
Sawant, c Stevnes, b Walker
Singh, b Frost
Azizi, b Crawford
Ahmed, c Leonard, b Crawford
Butt, c Stevens, b Ashby
Yawar, c Leonard, b Walker
Masher, lbw, b Walker
Shree, not out
Zeeshan, not out
TOTAL (9 wkts)
Best bowling: Walker 3—40, A Crawford 3—53.
Euan Brock shined with bat and ball during HENLEY 2nds’ Division 2B defeat at SLOUGH 2nds. Batting first Henley put on 206—7 with Brock scoring 101. In reply Slough reached their target of 208—7 off 46.5 overs with Brock returning bowling figures of 5—40.
Elsewhere in the division WARGRAVE remain in the relegation zone after losing out at home to BURNHAM 2nds.
The visitors, having won the toss and electing to bat first, posted 297—4 with G Basra top scoring with 144 not out. In reply Wargrave were dismissed for 242 with I Malik top scoring with 58.
HENLEY 3rds moved out of the Division 4B relegation zone thanks to victory at THATCHAM TOWN 2nds.
The hosts, batting first, put on 284—7. In reply N Hopkins (80), A Ranger (58) and P Gurung (50) all put in good contributions as Henley 3rds posted 285—7.
HENLEY 4ths remain rooted to the foot of Division 6A after losing at home to relegation rivals CHALFONT ST PETER 2nds at Nettlebed.
Batting first Henley 4ths put on 192 with C Bradbury contributing 86 of his side’s total. In reply Chalfont hit 196—8 to secure the win.
WARGRAVE 2nds remain second in Division 6B despite losing out at NPL TEDDINGTON 2nds.
The hosts batted first and put on 270 with T Rowland top scoring with 117 while N Clark took 5—78. In reply Wargrave were skittled out for 153 with D McCormick taking 8—46.
KIDMORE END 2nds’ hopes of automatic promotion from Division 7B are in the balance following a heavy eight—wicket defeat to fellow promotion chasers DATCHET 3rds at Gallowstree Common.
Kidmore won the toss and chose to bat first. Despite the loss of an early wicket home batsmen Chris Pigden and Ben Berryman rebuilt the innings and set up a platform for the middle and lower order to push the Kidmore innings on.
Pigden made a classy 30 full of cuts and drives before being bowled by a Binny Singh Yorker with the score on 78. With the fall of the second wicket the Kidmore innings went into a tailspin as the home side found themselves at 102—7 as they could not deal with the bowling from Singh along with poor shot selection from the home team’s batsmen.
In all the carnage of the Kidmore innings Berryman stood firm and was well rewarded in making 50. Max Clark joined Berryman and they put on 23 runs for the eighth wicket as Kidmore rallied to 125—8 before Clark was out for 13. Berryman shepherded the tail in adding another 25 runs before he was the last man out for 74 with the Kidmore total on 150 in the 42nd over.
This left the visitors needing a winning total of 151 and they had 48 overs in which to achieve their goal.
Kidmore started brightly as Rufus Emmanuel and Berryman bowled well with the new ball but couldn’t get the breakthrough needed. Despite the loss of an early wicket Datchet counter attacked well as Anup Ghattaura made 99 as he turned the game on its head as the visitors ran out comfortable winners in the 20th over.
In Division 9A WARGRAVE 3rds drew at home to THATCHAM TOWN 4ths. Batting first Thatcham put on 185 with Wargrave closing on 164—8 in reply.
Elsewhere in the division KIDMORE END 3rds ran out winners at SONNING 3rds. The hosts, batting first, were bowled out for 200 with Kidmore reaching 204—7 to secure victory in reply.