Thursday, 17 June 2021

Frost and Sheldon put visitors to sword to maintain promotion push

KIDMORE END maintained their Division A promotion push as they defeated fourth-placed CHESHAM 2nds by seven wickets at Gallowstree Common

KIDMORE END maintained their Division A promotion push as they defeated fourth-placed CHESHAM 2nds by seven wickets at Gallowstree Common on Saturday.

The hosts lost the toss and Chesham elected to bat but this was not as easy as the Chesham skipper might have hoped.

Seamers Frost and Sheldon made life difficult for the batsmen. Sheldon seamed the ball about off the pitch exploiting the green tinge in the wicket, whilst Frost took advantage of the humid conditions swinging the ball considerably.

The bowlers maintained pressure with accuracy and it was not long before wickets started to fall. Sheldon dismissed the two openers with fine catches at their wicket by Zac Leonard, who had a fine game behind the stumps, standing up to the wicket when Sheldon was bowling with ease.

Frost took the next two wickets thanks to a good catch by Jake Easton and a fine catch at slip by Joe Waldron. At 13 overs the score was 24-4. There was a short counterattack by G Rance, but he fell after Abid ul Wahab caught a skier over his shoulder to leave Chesham on 38-5.

A 13 over partnership of 37 runs was the most stubborn resistance offered by the visitors as Frost and Sheldon tired. Abid ul Wahab came into the attack but was unable to snare a wicket despite an economical six over spell for 11 runs.

When Sheldon took the top scorer J Swain trapping him lbw, the backbone of the innings was gone. Kidmore End made short work of the tail as Sheldon’s fourth and fifth wickets came in his 17th over after Waldron took his second slip catch of the game and Frost caught a top edge on the boundary.

Sheldon finished with figures of 17-5-39-5. Frost brought himself back on and devoured the tail to finish with figures of 12-6-25-5 as Chesham were all out for 89.

Kidmore chased the total in the hour before tea as Tom Sheldon and Joe Waldron went aggressively after the bowling. However, youngster J Anderson bowled with determination and took three wickets getting his side a point from the game as he dismissed T Sheldon, Z Leonard and G Ashby.

These wickets would prove to be immaterial for Joe Waldron was batting with confidence, striking many boundaries as he posted 50 not out aided by a steady supportive innings by Matt Stevens. Kidmore chased the total down in just 16 overs.

In Division 2 Tom Oldershaw hit 107 runs as HENLEY 2nds defeated visitors BAGSHOT.

The hosts, having won the toss, batted first and put on 229 before bowling Bagshot out for 208.

Elsewhere in the division WARGRAVE lost out at HIGH WYCOMBE 2nds. The visitors, having won the toss, batted first and put on 230 all out with Luke Taylor and Euan Woods both scoring 85 each. In reply the hosts achieved their target of 232-7 off 45 overs to win the match.

HENLEY 3rds remain just above the drop zone in Division 4B after losing out to STOKE GREEN 2nds.

Having won the toss Henley batted first and put on 208-9 with Chris Ellison top scoring with 55. In reply Stoke Green reached their target in 46.1 overs as they posted 209-5.

HENLEY 4ths, bottom of Division 6A, edged nearer relegation after they were docked five points for being unable to raise a side for their home match with TRING PARK 3rds.

WARGRAVE 2nds drew at home to Division 6B promotion rivals CHISWICK AND WHITTON 3rds in a match that saw J Colbourne hit 114 for the hosts. The visitors put on 337-5 with Wargrave ending their innings on 269-6.

KIDMORE END 2nds lost out by five wickets in a high-scoring Division 7B match away at second-placed EASTCOTE 4ths.

The visitors won the toss and batted first with opening batsmen Tom Bodeker and Ben Berryman putting on 67 from the first eight overs.

Berryman was then bowled for 19, an innings which contained some pleasing drives by Eastcote youngster Dean O’Tuminy.

Bodeker continued to play his shots as he hit three sixes and 13 fours on his way to 85 before being deceived by O’Tuminy. Bodeker’s dismissal also ended a 107 run partnership with Duncan Grant to leave the visitors on 178-3.

Grant and Ryan Latter then added a brisk 52 run partnership moving the score on to 232-6 with Latter playing his part by running well with Grant and also demonstrating some good drives and deft touches around the wicket before he was dismissed for 18.

This brought youngster Oscar Fountain to the wicket and in partnership with Grant they added a further 57 runs in an unbroken partnership during which time Grant completed his century and he finished on 128 not out having hit 11 sixes and 11 fours while Fountain ended on 17 not out. With the score on 289-6 Kidmore declared leaving Eastcote 46 overs in which to achieve a winning score of 290.

In reply Assad Ul Haq grabbed an early wicket with Sav Chauhan being adjudged lbw with the score on 16. Kidmore took the next wicket with the Eastcote total on 51 as Ryan Latter bowled the other opening batsman John Mains for 21.

Kidmore then suffered at the hands of some substantial batting partnerships as the home side also demonstrated what a good batting wicket it was as the Eastcote middle order put together several telling partnerships of 53 for the third wicket, 80 for the fourth and 89 for the fifth as Eastcote batsmen Will Bramble 55, Dean O’Tuminy 55 and Adil Guglan 67 played their shots well.

All the Kidmore bowlers struggled to have an impact on the game as the hosts triumphed by five wickets as they reached 290-5 from 42.4 overs.

WARGRAVE 3rds went down to a five-wicket defeat at home to DATCHET CRANBOURNE 2nds in Division 9A. The hosts, batting first, were bowled out for 149. In reply Datchet Cranbourne 2nds eased to 153-5 to win the match.

Elsewhere in the division KIDMORE END 3rds were deducted five points after they could not raise a side for their match against COVE 5ths.

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