Wargrave skipper Sohi helps side climb out of drop zone
KIDMORE END slipped to fourth place in Division 2A after losing by seven wickets at home
KIDMORE END slipped to fourth place in Division 2A after losing by seven wickets at home to MAIDENHEAD AND BRAY last Saturday.
Heavy continuous rain the day and night before left the Gallowstree Common ground wet prior to play so winning the toss proved to be vital. This was won by the visitors who put Kidmore End into bat on a drying lively pitch.
The openers survived the first 10 overs but were fortunate to do so. The ball was rising sharply as both opening bowlers took full advantage of the pitch.
Batsmen were struck on the shoulder and hands with regularity, equally the ball kept low on a number of occasions. By the 18th over the score was 47-4 as the batsmen could not keep out the difficult balls.
Jake Easton and Jeff Sheldon batted the longest but were never comfortable in such challenging conditions.
Spin bowler Sert replaced the seamers and got prodigious turn and bounce, he went quickly through the tail taking 4-11 as Kidmore End were bowled out in 40.3 overs for 86. There were still demons in the wicket when Kidmore bowled but not as significant now that the pitch was drying out in the sunshine.
Frost and Sheldon managed to make the ball seam all over the place whilst it was new. This reduced Maidenhead and Bray to 13-3.
Both Tattersall and van Niekerk survived a number of close calls early in their innings but as they settled and the ball stopped seaming they started to take advantage of Kidmore End‘s attacking fields as the visitors eased to victory.
J Waldron, c & b Odell
T Sheldon, lbw, b Baja
J Sheldon, c Ballantyne, b Odell
G Ashby, b Baja
A ul Wahab, c Rodger, b Baja
J Easton, c Hess, b Odell
M Stevens, b Sert
C de Wett, c & b Sert
J Frost, c Rodger, b Sert
Z Leonard, c Baja, b Sert
J Walker, not out
MAIDENHEAD AND BRAY
A Hess, c ul Wahab, b J Sheldon
Ballantyne, c Stevens, b J Sheldon
Brooks, lbw, b Frost
Tattersall, not out
Van Niekerk, not out
TOTAL (3 wkts)
Best bowling: J Sheldon 2-18.
WARGRAVE moved out of the Division 2B relegation zone thanks to a narrow victory at basement side HAYES.
The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. Imran Malik and Luke Taylor started off in style with Taylor punishing their opening bowler for six consecutive boundaries in his first 16 balls.
When Imran Malik was out lbw and Taylor top edged a short delivery to first slip, Euan Woods and Osman Khan kept the scoreboard ticking.
Woods then got out when a ball from good length hit his gloves on to the stumps as he was leaving the ball. Sunil Kumar joined Osman in the middle and kept taking singles and the odd boundary.
Dan Davies joined Kumar in the middle after Osman was out lbw. Alex Woods then played an anchor innings as Kumar was caught to leave Wargrave on 57-6.
Alex Woods and Huw Thomas gave some stability until they were both out with Wargrave now on 97-8.
Wargrave skipper Mandip Sohi took to the field with intent as he started hitting sixes at a quick rate partnered by Archie Withers.
Sohi went on to score 56 off 34 balls in a partnership of 61 before they were both out leaving the visitors with a respectable 160 runs.
In reply Euan Woods and Alex Woods took the new ball and started putting pressure on from the first ball delivery. Euan got the first breakthrough in his second over. Alex bowled well and was rewarded for his line, length and hostility he could muster from three wickets.
Sunil took a wicket when Hayes‘ skipper hit one straight to Luke Taylor at gully. Huw Thomas then joined the attack and with Sohi at the other end the spin twins saw the runs dry up.
When Michael Green came to bat after his good spell earlier in the day, he started smashing the ball all around the park. Sohi then did the inspired bowling change of getting Archie at one end and was rewarded with two crucial wickets for Wargrave.
When Sohi got Green out for 34, caught by one of Luke‘s five catches, Wargrave looked on course to win. Caleb Kent at the other end was playing an anchor innings but he kept losing partners regularly. However when Anaib Mehmood joined him he had other ideas and Mehmood started getting boundaries regularly and suddenly Wargrave were staring at the scoreboard which read eight runs to win with one wicket remaining and 10 overs to go.
Sohi then took the ball himself from the other end and got the final wicket when Euan Woods stumped Kent on 16 to give Wargrave victory by seven runs.
Elsewhere in the division HENLEY 2nds lost out at home to league leaders BOYNE HILL. The Brakspear Ground side won the toss and put the visitors into bat first. Boyne Hill posted a score of 235-5 with three players bringing up their half centuries.
In reply H Riaz ripped through the Henley innings as he returned figures of 7-26 as the hosts were dismissed for 138.
HENLEY 3rds lost out away to promotion chasing EVERSLEY 2nds in Division 4B.
The hosts, having lost the toss, were put into bat first and were bowled out for 199. However, in the pursuing run chase Henley were all out for 169 with A Price top scoring with 63.
In Division 6A HENLEY 4ths remain rooted to the foot of the table after they went down to an eight wicket defeat against CHENIES AND LATIMER 2nds at Nettlebed.
Having won the toss Henley decided to bat first and were skittled out for just 77 runs. In reply Chenies and Latimer eased to 80-2 off 22 overs.
M Townson hit 57 not out to help WARGRAVE 2nds maintain their Division 6B promotion push.
Visitors ALDERSHOT 3rds, having lost the toss, were put into bat first and were duly dismissed for 123. In reply Wargrave reached their target as they closed on 124-5.
In Division 7B Assad Ulhaq was in fine form with the ball as KIDMORE END 2nds triumphed at MARLOW PARK 2nds.
The hosts, having won the toss, elected to bat first and were dismissed for 163 with Ulhaq taking 6-46.
In reply Tom Bodeker top scored with 66 and Chris Pigden hit 61 not out as Kidmore End eased to 167-2 to win the match.
In Division 9A both KIDMORE END 3rds match with THATCHAM TOWN 4ths and WARGRAVE 3rds‘ clash with NEWBURY 3rds were cancelled due to the weather.