Oldershaw’s century keeps side in hunt for promotion
KIDMORE END’S Division 2A promotion hopes took a severe knock as they were held to a
KIDMORE END’S Division 2A promotion hopes took a severe knock as they were held to a draw at NORTH MAIDENHEAD last Saturday.
Having lost the toss Kidmore were put into bowl first on a hot day as Bukhari went on a destructive rampage from the start hitting sixes with ease.
Bukhari was the first man out with the score on 53. Abid ul Wahab did a good job to stem the run scoring, but in the heat bowlers could not bowl for long.
Jeff Sheldon managed six overs, but the batsmen were still on top, scoring quickly. Matthew Stevens bowled well with good flight and accurate spin bowling.
Three wickets fell to Abid ul Wahab, two bowled and one lbw. Stevens bowled both his wickets during a marathon 18 over spell.
Mufudza and Shan put on 100 for the sixth wicket and with the score on 255 after 50 overs North Maidenhead declared.
Kidmore End put in a good effort chasing the total against a rotation of spin bowling. Mufudza bowled a 12 over spell of accurate spin bowling from one end whilst Nehul, Saleem and Shan were rotated from the other.
Kidmore’s batsmen put in some steady partnerships with Waldron sweeping and cutting well as the first three wickets reached 70 from 29 overs.
The fourth wicket put on 65 runs quickly with Abid ul Wahab scoring 32 quick runs in style. Stevens and Waldron continued to score quickly as they put on 40 in nine overs. When North Maidenhead took the new ball both batsmen cut with aplomb.
The return of the spin bowlers resulted in two quick wickets, one of which was Waldron who scored 84, leaving Kidmore needing 80 runs in 10 overs with four wickets remaining.
James Harvey, Zac Leonard and James Walker went on an attacking onslaught as they swept fours and sixes with both conventional and reverse sweeps.
North Maidenhead placed eight fielders on the boundary as they attempted to stop Kidmore scoring the runs rather than attempting to take wickets.
The Kidmore run chase ran out of steam and by the last over 19 runs were needed. But with a wicket in the over this left Kidmore nine down as they shut up shop and the game was drawn.
Bukhari, b ul Wahab
Khan, lbw, b ul Wahab
Aziz, b Stevens
Asgath, b Stevens
Mufudza, not out
Asgarth, b ul Wahab
Shan, not out
TOTAL (5 wkts)
Best bowling: Ul Wahab 3-38, Stevens 2-63.
Waldron, c —, b Nehul
Easton, lbw, b Mufudza
Sheldon, lbw, b Mufudza
Ashby, c & b Shan
Ul Wahab, c Asghar, b Bukhari
Stevens, lbw, b Nehul
Harvey, lbw, b Mufudza
Leonard, b Mufudza
Walker, c —, b Salem
Rogers, not out
Frost, not out
TOTAL (9 wkts)
HENLEY 2nds remain second in Division 2B after winning at HAYES in a match that saw Tom Oldershaw score a century.
Having won the toss and electing to bat first the hosts put on 203-9. In reply Henley eased to 207-3 in just 29 overs with Oldershaw scoring 101 and A Harris ending on 76 not out.
Elsewhere in the division WARGRAVE picked up a precious win in their fight for survival as they beat visitors SLOUGH 2nds.
The hosts batted first and with Luke Taylor hitting 98 put on 239-9. In reply Slough were skittled out for 165 with Euan Woods taking 5-77.
HENLEY 3rds have all but staved off relegation from Division 4B following their win at BRITISH AIRWAYS 2nds. Chasing the hosts’ 207 innings, Henley posted 208-8 to secure 20 league points.
HENLEY 4ths will finish bottom of Division 6A following their 11th defeat of the season at home to OMT 2nds. The visitors batted first and put on 250-5 with Henley being bowled out for 192.
WARGRAVE 2nds remain in the Division 6B promotion race despite losing at COVE 3rds. Having won the toss the visitors batted first and were dismissed for 171. In reply Cove eased to victory by scoring 174-4.
KIDMORE END 2nds maintained their Division 7B promotion push with a comfortable seven-wicket win against FARNHAM ROYAL 2nds at Gallowstree Common. Kidmore won the toss and had little hesitation in electing to bowl in conditions which looked like they would be favourable for the bowlers at the start of the match.
Farnham Royal made good use of the initial conditions as Kidmore’s opening bowlers of Ryan Latter and Assad ul Haq toiled manfully, but with visiting captain Andy Jackson up to the task Farnham added 43 for the first wicket before the dismissal of Tom Hanks with the score on 43. Farnham lost a further wicket with the score on 51 as Latter captured another victim.
The introduction of left arm spinner Alex Crawford turned the game in Kidmore’s favour as he dismissed Jackson for 64 with the score on 81. Thereafter Crawford bowled a challenging line and length which proved difficult for the Farnham Royal batsmen to deal with as only Audsley Moncrieffe with 24 was able to provide any real resistance as wickets fell regularly. Joe Webster came on and dismissed the Farnham Royal tail with an impressive 3-12 as the visitors subsided to 129 all out from 35 overs. Kidmore’s reply started brightly as Chris Pigden and Tom Bodeker added 20 for the first wicket until Pigden was bowled by Moncrieffe for 8.
This brought David New to the wicket to join Bodeker and the two left handers set about ensuring a Kidmore victory with positive intent as they both demonstrated their full repertoire of strokes all round the wicket which the Farnham Royal bowlers at times were powerless to stop. Their partnership was worth 99 runs when Bodeker was bowled for 51, an innings which contained nine fours.
New then reached 50 before being caught looking for a boundary from the next ball with the score on 126. This left Alex Crawford and Mike Dixon to add the remaining four runs to see Kidmore home by seven wickets in the 22nd over.
FARNHAM ROYAL 2nds
A Jackson, c Dixon, b Crawford
T Hanks, b Latter
A Raven, c Dixon, b Latter
Z Ahmed, b Crawford
B Long, c Bodeker, b Crawford
A Moncrieffe, b Webster
G Jacobs, c New, b Crawford
D Flynn, run out
C Jackson, not out
A Ramzan, c Pigden, b Webster
H Kashmiri, b Webster
Best bowling: A Crawford 4-30, J Webster 3-12, R Latter 2-34.
KIDMORE END 2nds
C Pigden, b Moncrieffe
T Bodeker, b Flin
D New, c A Jackson, b Ahmed
A Crawford, not out
M Dixon, not out
TOTAL (3 wkts)
In Division 9A WARGRAVE 3rds ran out winners at home to KIDMORE END 3rds. The hosts, who won the toss, batted first and put on 211-4 before bowling Kidmore End out for 129.