Watts is century hero as Peppard Stoke Row secure bragging rights
A CENTURY by Andy Watts proved the cornerstone for PEPPARD STOKE ROW to bounce back to winning ways with a
A CENTURY by Andy Watts proved the cornerstone for PEPPARD STOKE ROW to bounce back to winning ways with a 45-run win in their home Premier Division derby with WOODCOTE on Saturday.
After Wynand Lamprecht was trapped lbw early on, Watts â?? the league’s all-time top run scorer â?? added 54 with Riaan Ackerman until the latter was caught in the gully off JP Brouard.
Sam Fletcher provided an elegant cameo before Watts and Dan Hayden provided a game-turning 99-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Watts strongly favoured the leg side throughout his innings, but reached 113 before eventually edging behind.
Some late fireworks from Richard Ashton and Dion Sampson took the score to 237-7, with Zaf Akram the pick of the Woodcote attack.
Ian Jackson quickly removed Jez Mayo and Mark Pearson in reply, but Waqar Ahmed chanced his arm to lead a Woodcote counter-attack.
Ahmed was eventually bounced out by Dan Hayden, whose father Roy then ended Mike Stroker’s innings with a beauty which clipped the top of off stump.
Dan Hayden accounted for the dangerous Steve Henderson before Roy Hayden ended Brouard’s innings on 46.
The introduction of 13-year-old James Langston (3-23) heralded a lower order collapse for Woodcote, as he took his first Premier Division wicket when part-time wicketkeeper Ashton took a catch up to the stumps to remove Akram.
Woodcote Sunday captain Jonny Aldridge â?? making his league debut 27 years after he joined the club â?? scored 43 not out, but he ran out of partners as the visitors were bowled out for 192.
PEPPARD STOKE ROW
W Lamprecht, lbw, b Akram
R Ackerman, c Mayo, b Brouard
A Watts, c Henderson, b Akram
S Fletcher, c Aldridge, b Z Ahmed
D Hayden, b Pearson
R Ashton, c & b Akram
J Langston, b Akram
D Sampson, not out
R Hayden, not out
TOTAL (7 wkts)
Best bowling: Z Akram 4-50.
J Mayo, c H-Lawson, b Jackson
M Pearson, b Jackson
JP Brouard, c H-Lawson, b R Hayden
W Ahmed, c H-Lawson, b D Hayden
M Stroker, b R Hayden
S Henderson, c Jackson, b D Hayden
J Aldridge, not out
Z Akram, c Ashton, b Langston
Z Ahmed, c D Hayden, b Langston
R Rafaqat, b Langston
T Brownlow, b Jackson
Best bowling: J Langston 3-23, I Jackson 3-39, D Hayden 2-35, R Hayden 2-38.
Local rivals GORING and CHECKENDON played out an extraordinary match in Division 1.
Goring chose to bat and were soon in trouble at 6-3 off two overs, with opener Jonny Russell being run out without facing.
Skipper Ollie Carrier took matters into his own hands as he looked to rebuild the innings and despite losing his partners on a regular basis, Carrier was in fine form and his innings was vital in getting Goring to a potentially defendable score.
Ed Everitt also contributed a vital 30, but accurate bowling from Checkendon helped restrict Goring to 139 all out. Rajesh Tiwari was the pick of the Checkendon bowlers taking 4-38.
In reply, Goring took advantage of a tricky pre-tea spell for the Checkendon openers and managed to take two wickets before the break.
Resuming after tea Goring were ruthless, with the bowlers maintaining a good line and length, resulting in a regular stream of Checkendon wickets as opening bowlers Chris Winterbottom and Alfie Clifton both took three wickets.
Luke Gray demonstrated the most resistance with a patient innings, but when he was dismissed the outcome seemed inevitable.
Youngster Jack Winterbottom put the icing on the cake for Goring as he mopped up the tail, taking 3-9 in his short spell. Checkendon were all out for 48, with Goring jubilant in a 91 run victory that keeps them on target for promotion.
O Tong-Jones, b Breakspear
J Russell, run out
W Smith, b Tiwari
O Carrier, c Acland-Hood, b Kaushal
C Winterbottom, b Breakspear
N Kulkarni, c & b Kaushal
E Everitt, b Tiwari
A Ellis, c Heslop, b Tiwari
M Norman, lbw, b Chib
A Clifton, b Tiwari
J Winterbottom, not out
J Acland-Hood, b Clifton
M Singh, c Russell, b Winterbottom
J Warren, b Clifton
M Heslop, c Norman, b Winterbottom
S Manning, b Winterbottom
V Chib, b Clifton
L Gray, b J Winterbottom
S Hegde, b J Winterbottom
V Kaushal, c Russell, b J Winterbottom
R Tiwari, c Clifton, b Kulkarni
A Breakspear, not out
Elsewhere in the division PEPPARD STOKE ROW 2nds chased down a large IBIS MAPLEDURHAM total to secure victory.
Visitors Peppard Stoke Row elected to field on winning the toss. The home side started well on an evenly-paced pitch and had posted 162 when they lost their first wicket with Ankit Singh falling lbw to Danny May for 91.
The visitors struggled for significant further breakthroughs as Ibis were able to post 259-4.
The hosts took the old ball and opted for the spin of Errol Masters and John Nicol after the break. After the loss of the first wicket the visitors needed eight runs an over off the remaining 25.
Simon Gozzard’s positive approach provided perfect acceleration, hitting boundaries and then taking any singles on offer after the fielders were spread.
After Richard Walker fell to a well-taken catch by Zadrozny at mid-off, Sam Fooks helped take up the challenge of chasing down the total. Gozzard was eventually out caught at deep extra cover for 80 off only 55 balls and, although the visitors lost a couple of late wickets, Sam Fooks remained unbeaten on 70, ably assisted by Danny May who kept a cool head under pressure, to see Peppard Stoke Row triumph with three balls to spare.
A Singh, lbw, b May
T Osbourne, run out
D Drury, c Walker, b Sharma
M Thomas, not out
J Nicol, run out
C Cudjoe, not out
TOTAL (4 wkts)
PEPPARD STOKE ROW 2nds
H Asquith, c Nicol, b Barrett
R Walker, c Zadrozny, b Barrett
S Gozzard, c Singh, b Drury
S Fooks, not out
N Windsor, b Masters
P Kumar, b Drury
C Proudfoot, run out
N Sharma, run out
D May, not out
TOTAL (7 wkts)
Joseph Weakley enjoyed an impressive debut for PEPPARD STOKE ROW 3rds as the 12-year-old seamer inspired his side to a comprehensive nine-wicket Division 4 win at SHINFIELD 2nds.
After 14-year-olds George Lee and Nick Evans had removed the home side’s openers, left-armer Weakley ripped through the middle order to claim figures of 5-33 — aided on one occasion by a fine catch by his father Nigel â?? as Shinfield were knocked over for 152.
In reply, the other end of Peppard Stoke Row 3rds’ age scale thrived, with Berkshire Over 60s man and captain for the day Don Townsin making 62 not out.
Townsin was ably supported by Chris Lee as Peppard Stoke Row 3rds reached their target to win the match in the 35th over.