Saturday, 12 June 2021

Knox and Zaheer combine to knock leaders off top spot

INCONSISTENT WOODCOTE eased their relegation fears as they defeated Premier Division league leaders CROWTHORNE AND CROWN

INCONSISTENT WOODCOTE eased their relegation fears as they defeated Premier Division league leaders CROWTHORNE AND CROWN WOOD last Saturday.

An inspired opening spell by skipper Paul Knox (4 for 36 in 11 overs) destroyed the Crowthorne top-order and an incredible spell by Zaheer Ahmed (1.3 overs, 4-0) disposed of the tail end.

Zaheer’s wickets included that of Mahroof who scored more than half of his side’s runs.

In reply Crowthorne made Woodcote struggle for runs. Openers Brouard and Worsfold got the innings off to a reasonable start, then Stroker looked in good form until an unlucky run-out.

Steve Henderson scored useful runs in the middle order, but with Cluett and Crook bowling well, it was left to Mark Pearson and Zaf Akram to patiently nudge their team over the line for a three wicket win in 27 overs.



CROWTHORNE AND CROWN WOOD

A Cluett, b Knox

0

M Izzadeen, b Knox

11

A Mahroof, b Zaheer

57

M Careem, lbw, b Knox

0

W Avrili, b Knox

2

N Outram, c Henderson, b Rafaqat

0

J Cluett, lbw, b Rafaqat

0

C Allwright, b Zaheer

3

R Crook, b Zaheer

0

A Fowles, not out

1

D Crinion, lbw, b Zaheer

0

Extras

22

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TOTAL

96

WOODCOTE

JP Brouard, b Crook

19

J Worsfold, b J Cluett

10

M Stroker, run out

18

P Knox, c Avrili, b J Cluett

0

S Henderson, lbw, b J Cluett

19

M Robertson, b Crook

0

M Pearson, not out

7

Z Ahmed, b Crook

6

Z Akram, not out

6

Extras

15

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TOTAL

100

PEPPARD STOKE ROW’S faint hopes of retaining the title were all but extinguished as they slipped to a three-wicket defeat at BCS GROSVENOR.

The visitors elected to bat on a wicket offering assistance to the bowlers, and although all of their top order made starts, no batsman could go on to make a match-winning score.

Riaan Ackermann top scored, while Dan Hayden and captain Paddy Hennessy also contributed to a total of 167-9, Usman Asif the pick of the attack with 5-54. The visitors started well with Hayden taking a caught and bowled to account for Asif Ali from the final ball of the first over, and with part-time wicket-keeper Richard Ashton up to the stumps from the outset, Peppard Stoke Row stifled the Grosvenor batsmen.

Hayden castled both Saqib Bhatti and Hasnein Akram to leave the hosts in trouble and when Ian Jackson bowled Usman Shah for 31, BCS Grosvenor were wobbling on 66-4.

Asif continued his fine all-round performance until he was bowled by Max Baker-Smith to give the Oratory schoolboy his first league wicket for the club.

Jackson then trapped Talat Nawaz lbw to leave the hosts on 110-6, but a solid partnership between Khuram Ashraf and Mohammed Shakeel took Grosvenor to the brink of victory.

Dion Sampson removed the latter late on, aided by a fine catch by Mike Hennessy, the fielder running 50 yards on the leg side boundary before taking the catch. However, BCS Grosvenor hit the winning runs off the first ball of the final over.

PEPPARD STOKE ROW

A Watts, c Ashraf, b Asif

11

R Ackermann, b Khan

39

M Baker-Smith, b Khan

17

P Hennessy, lbw, b Asif

22

D Hayden, c Akram, b Asif

31

S Fooks, c Akram, b Asif

0

R Ashton, c Ashraf, b Asif

16

M Hennessy, not out

16

D Sampson, run out

1

R Hayden, run out

0

Extras

14

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TOTAL (9 wkts)

167

BCS GROSVENOR

A Asif, c & b D Hayden

2

S Bhatti, b D Hayden

9

U Shah, b Jackson

31

H Akram, b D Hayden

9

U Asif, b Baker-Smith

39

T Nawaz, lbw, b Jackson

15

K Ashraf, not out

29

M Shakeel, c M Hennessy, b Sampson

29

Z Khan, not out

0

Extras

5

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TOTAL (7 wkts)

168

Best bowling: D Hayden 3-33, I Jackson 2-38.

CHECKENDON’S efforts away to WEST READING 2nds in Division 1 were hindered by a hand injury to all-rounder Surya Poodipeddi suffered while fielding, restricting the home side to 190 all out. Tony Breakspear took 4-38. However, the early dismissal of John Acland-Hood by A Raja, who went on to take 4-26, put the home team in a strong position and, despite the batting of Stewart Manning and Prashant Panwar, Checkendon, now a man short, were dismissed for 140.

WEST READING 2nds

Arif Hussain, c Panwar, b Kaushal

43

Adnan Raja, c & b Poodipeddi

8

U Ali, c Vedanthappa, b Breakspear

11

F Raja, c Hegde, b Kaushal

17

W Amin, b Hegde

31

A Hussain, not out

50

A Raja, c Heslop, b Breakspear

13

F Khan, c Heslop, b Breakspear

0

W Akram, b Breakspear

0

J Ahmed, b Chib

0

M Asif, run out

0

Extras

10

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TOTAL

190

CHECKENDON

J Acland-Hood, c Amin, b A Raja

1

M Heslop, c â??, b Khan

21

R Vedanthappa, b Khan

16

V Chib, c Adnan, b Akram

18

S Hegde, c F Raja, b Khan

4

S Manning, c Asif, b A Raja

35

P Panwar, b A Raja

27

V Kaushal, b Asif

0

H Wickens, c & b A Raja

0

A Breakspear, not out

0

Extras

18

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TOTAL

140

Elsewhere in the division PEPPARD STOKE ROW 2nds lost out by seven wickets at home to WELFORD PARK.

The visitors won the toss and put the hosts into bat first and bowled them out for 167. In reply the visitors eased to 168-3 to wrap up the match.



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