Kidmore End and Henley on the rise as promotion race hots up
TOM SHELDON hit 95 runs as KIDMORE END moved up to second place in Division 2A
TOM SHELDON hit 95 runs as KIDMORE END moved up to second place in Division 2A last Saturday.
The Gallowstree Common side defeated FINCHAMPSTEAD 2nds by six wickets and are now just 16 points off top spot with three matches to play.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat. Frost and Sheldon bowled accurately before Stevens took an early catch off Frost in the covers. Soon after Abid ul Wahab ran out Burrows with a direct hit from a throw at midoff.
Fifteen-year-old wicket-keeper Leonard, who allowed no byes during the game, moved swiftly down the leg side to take a catch off of Frost to leave the visitors on 18-3. A short stand of 25 between Brogan and McDonald saw Finchampstead recover to 43, but Frost would take two more wickets in quick succession with an lbw and a simple catch by Stevens.
Abid ul Wahab then ran out another batsman with a direct hit from a throw in an almost identical fashion to his earlier run out while James Walker, who had come on to replace Sheldon, dismissed Scholes lbw to leave the visitors on 63-7.
Finchampstead’s lower order started to accumulate runs with cautious batting. With the ball now much softer it was hard to take the last few wickets.
However, good fielding by youngsters Matthew Stevens, Duncan Grant and keeper Leonard led to fast flat throws resulting in running out both Wroot and Bell as the visitors were all out for 151.
Kidmore End’s reply was dominated by Tom Sheldon. Whilst other batsmen played cautiously Tom Sheldon hit 95 off 106 balls in an innings dominated by lofted drives through the off side.
When Tom Sheldon was eventually out Kidmore End were on 120. His brother Jeff Sheldon then took 37 balls to get off the mark in start contrast to Tom who had put on 50 runs off 48 deliveries. Despite losing a couple of wickets Kidmore eased to victory.
Burrows, run out
Lane, c Stevens, b Frost
Taylor, c Leonard, b Frost
Brogan, lbw, b Frost
McDonald, c Stevens, b Frost
Pregden, run out
Wroot, run out
Scholes, lbw, b Walker
Bell, run out
Matthews, b Stevens
Woodford, not out
Best bowling: Frost 4-27.
Waldron, b Matthews
T Sheldon, c Brogan, b Taylor
J Sheldon, not out
G Ashby, c Scholes, b Woodford
Ul Wahab, c Wroot, b Woodford
Stevens, not out
TOTAL (4 wkts)
Best bowling: Woodford 2-50.
HENLEY 2nds moved up to second place in Division 2B after defeating BURNHAM 2nds at the Brakspear Ground.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first Henley were bowled out for 196 with Alex Price top scoring with 51.
In reply Simon Wheeler ripped through the Burnham line-up as he took 6-37 as the visitors were dismissed for 166.
Elsewhere in the division WARGRAVE remain in relegation trouble after losing at BAGSHOT.
The visitors, having lost the toss, were put into bat first and quickly bowled out for 75. In reply Bagshot eased to 76-2 to secure victory in 17.4 overs.
HENLEY 3rds remain third from bottom in Division 4B after losing out to league leaders YATELEY 2nds at their Nettlebed ground.
Yateley, having lost the toss, were put into bat first and went on to score 241-9 with Henley being bowled out for 124 in reply.
HENLEY 4ths, bottom of Division 6A with just one win all season, have been relegated. The basement side were deducted five points as they were unable to raise a side for their fixture at HAYES 2nds.
WARGRAVE 2nds moved up to second place in Division 6B after beating THEALE AND TILEHURST 2nds.
The hosts, batting first, put on 247-6 with S Bowers hitting 75 not out and J Bowers 56 not out. In reply the visitors were bowled out for 220.
KIDMORE END 2nds moved up to third place in Division 7B thanks to victory against COOKHAM DEAN 3rds at the SAS Institute in Medmenham.
After winning the toss, Kidmore captain Chris Pigden elected to bowl and openers Ryan Latter and Rufus Emmanuel maintained a fine line and length to the Cookham Dean openers as neither batsman appeared to trust the pitch. Latter was unlucky to not make the first breakthrough due to numerous play and misses that were on display. Emmanuel was the first to strike when he removed captain Jonathan Gay with the score on 16.
Both Simon D’Ardenne and Rob Mettler thought that attack was the best method on the pitch that was clearly conducive to bowling and this tactic was working until Mettler left a straight ball from Emmanuel and was bowled.
With Ben Berryman replacing Latter in the attack there was no let up in the bowling pressure being exerted as the Cookham Dean batsmen had no answer to the bowlers.
Mike Cutting, in partnership with Sohil Mangat, tried to increase the scoring rate, before he was dismissed by Latter in his second spell.
Kidmore End then took two wickets for one run in four overs as first Mangat, courtesy of a diving catch from Chapman, and then Michael James fell by the wayside.
With Sajid Mushtaq still at the crease, Cookham Dean had hopes of pushing on towards a competitive score, but once he was bowled by the returning Berryman, Cookham Dean were forced to settle two short of 150, a score which would have given them two more bonus points.
Kidmore End’s response started brightly as both Pigden and Berryman started positively against some indifferent bowling. Pigden was the first to be dismissed courtesy of a sharp catch by Mangat at second slip with the score on 43. When Berryman was caught by Mangat, a collapse looked on the cards as three wickets fell for two runs courtesy of some tight bowling by Simon D’Ardenne and Carl Slater. However, the partnership of Mike Dixon and Latter saw the duo dispatch the bowling to all parts of the surrounds. Their partnership had put on 47 and was broken when D’Ardenne bowled Dixon.
Latter still went for his shots and was aided by some wayward Cookham Dean bowling. Latter brought up his 50 in the penultimate over when he hit Mangat for his 10th four to go with his six.
With Joe Webster and Findlay Simonds playing supporting roles before their respective dismissals, Latter proved the decisive factor and victory was achieved when Ryan Corbett hit Mangat for the decisive six over long-on.
COOKHAM DEAN 3rds
J Gay, b Emmanuel
S D’Ardenne, c Patey, b Emmanuel
R Mettler, b Emmanuel
S Mangat, c Chapman, b Webster
R Applegarth, b Berryman
M Cutting, b Latter
S Mushtaq, b Berryman
M James, b Latter
J Taylor, c Emmanuel, b Webster
I Richardson, not out
C Slater, not out
TOTAL (9 wkts)
KIDMORE END 2nds
C Pigden, c Mangat, b Slater
B Berryman, c Mangat, b Slater
D New, lbw, b D’Ardenne
W Chapman, lbw, b Slater
M Dixon, b D’Ardenne
W Patey, b D’Ardenne
R Latter, not out
J Webster, b Cutting
F Simmonds, c Mangat, b Cutting
R Corbett, not out
TOTAL (8 wkts)
In Division 9A WARGRAVE 3rds lost out at SONNING 3rds. The hosts, batting first, put on 283-5 before bowling Wargrave out for 155. KIDMORE END 3rds’ home match with WOKINGHAM 5ths was cancelled.