Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Ton-up Waldron carries bat to maintain side’s title push

KIDMORE END maintained their Division 2A promotion push as they put in a dominant display to triumph at HAREFIELD 2nds on Saturday.

KIDMORE END maintained their Division 2A promotion push as they put in a dominant display to triumph at HAREFIELD 2nds on Saturday.

Skipper James Frost lost the toss and Kidmore were invited to bat. Kidmore openers made a solid start with a quick fire 22 from Tong-Jones, who was stumped after wandering out of his crease.

Jeff Sheldon played a series of cover drives before he was bowled for 49 off 51 balls. Joe Waldron batted on with aggressive back foot shots and keen running between the wickets. The pair put on 98 for the second wicket.

Guy Ashby started in a circumspect manner but when the slow bowlers came on he hit seven fours and two sixes on his way to 52 off 47 balls.

After Joe Waldron passed his 50 he then also unleashed a barrage of shots to race to his 90s, one shot a pulled six that crashed into a neighbouring house’s balcony.

When Ashby was caught in the 45th over the pair had put on 107 and the score was 238. Abid ul Wahab came in and romped 22 runs from 14 balls, but was run out by a one handed pick up and throw by the bowler Evans.

The scoring slowed up temporarily before Waldron hit a six to bring up his century. Matt Stevens and Joe Waldron put 31 on in four overs with some solid striking as Kidmore End scored 297-4 with Waldron ending on 114 not out from 154 balls.

Kidmore End started their purest of wickets with two maiden overs before a swift piece of fielding from Matt Stevens ran out opener Ogden for 0.

Stevens then helped take another wicket by catching a pull shot off the bowling of Ashby. The score became 10-3 after a well flighted delivery resulted in a fine caught and bowled by Alex Crawford. This was quickly followed by another to make it 30-4.

O’Sulivan came in and hit several boundaries and was tricked into a false shot by Crawford and a fine catch by James Walker to leave Harefield on 44-5.

Frost changed the bowling and brought on Abid ul Wahab who took three wickets in five overs, two bowled and one caught behind by Zac Leonard.

At 64-8 Harefield’s only option was to attempt to pick up some batting points and hold out for a draw. During this collapse D Norotam batted with ease.

The last two wickets were much harder to come by as the eighth wicket put on 24. It took the new ball and a swinging delivery from James Walker to remove Evans.

The 10th wicket would prove even more stubborn, and the pair started to eat up overs. Norotam scored freely racing to 97 not out. Frost brought himself on and his accurate bowling induced an edge that was snaffled up by Zac Leonard and Kidmore End bowled Harefield out for 148.


J Waldron, not out


O Tong-Jones, st Knife, b Norotam


J Sheldon, b O’Sullivan


G Ashby, c Evans, b Morris


A ul Wahab, run out


M Stevens, not out





TOTAL (4 wkts)



Ogden, run out


Collett, c & b Crawford


Mirza, c Stevens, b Ashby


Norotam, not out


Petley, c & b Crawford


O’Sullivan, c Walker, b Crawford


Morris, b ul Wahab


Knife, b ul Wahab


Morris, c Leonard, b ul Wahab


Evans, b Walker


Crick, c Leonard, b Frost







In Division 2B HENLEY 2nds ran out six-wicket winners at HURST.

The host, having won the toss and electing to bat first, were dismissed for just 78 runs. In reply Henley eased to 81-4 off 25.2 overs.

Meanwhile in the same division WARGRAVE were undone by a devastating piece of bowling by CHISWICK AND WHITTON’S V Tokas.

The hosts, batting first, were bowled out for 91 with Tokas taking 8-36. In reply the visitors eased to 92-1.

In Division 4B HENLEY 3rds lost out at home to basement side BRACKNELL.

Having won the toss and electing to bat first the visitors put on 308-7 from 49 overs. In reply Henley were bowled out for 178 with A Price top scoring with 72.

HENLEY 4ths remain rooted to the foot of Division 6A after losing out to promotion-chasing WINDSOR 3rds. The hosts batted first and put on 218-7 before bowling Henley out for just 73 runs.

WARGRAVE 2nds’ Division 6B promotion hopes took a knock as they lost out at ROYAL ASCOT 2nds. The visitors batted first having won the toss and were bowled out for 120. In reply the hosts eased to 124-4.

A good, all round team performance from KIDMORE END 2nds saw them defeat WYCOMBE DRAGONS 2nds by three wickets at Gallowstree Common to maintain their Division 7B promotion bid.

Skipper Mark New lost the toss and Wycombe decided to bat on a pitch which was still suffering from the heavy midweek rain.

The visitors made a steady start and with the score on 27 they lost their first wicket as Tom Howe was well held by David New in the gully off the bowling of Ryan Latter.

Latter followed this up with the wicket of Steve Gould as Julian Berry took the catch behind the stumps. The Wycombe innings then rallied as Paul Harris and Tim Preston put on 36 for the third wicket until Rufus Emmanuel got the breakthrough with the score on 69 as Harris departed for 30.

The Kidmore bowlers got their team back into the game allied by some good catching as Assad Ul Haq picked up 3-37 and Emmanuel collected 4-68 to reduce the visitors to 109-9.

Wycombe rallied for the last wicket as Vaughan Van De Linde with 33 and Tim Russell with 15 put on 55 before a smart stumping from Berry off the bowling of Joe Webster dismissed Van de Linde to leave Wycombe all out for 164 in the 44th over. Kidmore’s reply stuttered as openers Mark New and Chris Pigden were both undone by the variable bounce which the pitch was exhibiting.

David New and Duncan Grant counterattacked well until New was also a victim of low bounce having scored 26 leaving Kidmore on 44-3 in the 12th over.

Wycombe’s bowlers continued to apply good pressure as Kidmore slowly negotiated their way to a winning score of 165 although with Grant’s dismissal with the score on 80-5 this would take some doing.

The game was won by a 56 run partnership between Julian Berry and Ryan Latter. Latter was dismissed for 16 and with 24 runs needed Joe Webster joined Berry as they added 24 runs with Berry finishing on 40 not out and Webster 20 not out as Kidmore won by three wickets.

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