Saturday, 12 June 2021

Runs galore but teams settle for action-packed draw

MOST drawn matches are considered to be boring. but this game between KIDMORE END and TRING

MOST drawn matches are considered to be boring. but this game between KIDMORE END and TRING 2nds, at Gallowstree Common was far from that.

The game had patches of fine bowling and exciting batting. More than 400 runs were scored on the day and 16 wickets fell as well.

Having once again lost the toss, Kidmore were inserted on what appeared to be a devilishly green pitch.

However, appearances can be deceiving and on the whole the wicket played fairly true.

Joe Waldron got his head down and grafted out a 123- ball 54 and Kidmore progressed steadily under the watchful eye of Jeff Sheldon and Joe Waldron to 87-2 at drinks.

Kidmore suffered a minor collapse around the 40th over, losing Joe Waldron for 54, Abid ul Wahab, Jeff Sheldon and then Matt Stevens, who was bowled by a ball that shot along the floor for the second time in two weeks.

High hopes of 200 now seemed along way off, but youngsters Zac Leonard, celebrating his 16th birthday, and Jake Easton were out together in an impressive 54 run partnership. Walker and Frost helped the team to 215-8 in the last few overs. Ashby and Stevens opened the attack bowling spin but neither were able to imposed themselves on the opposition and one wicket to Stevens was the fruit of their efforts.

Ashby was the more economical of the two bowling nine overs for 14 runs.

Sheldon entered the attack but Haw was adept enough to see off his crafty cutters.

Frost took the new ball and he and Walker bowled well in tandem. Frost took two for 20 in his first spell and Walker one for four.

The Tring batsmen then started to defend without intent and kept out the menacing Yorkers of ul Wahab.

Frost then took the decision to change the bowling and try to induce the batsmen into more aggressive shots.

But the decision backfired as Curry and Dutch went on an onslaught, scoring 70 runs between overs 28 and 38.

Frost and ul Wahab bowled the last eight overs and Tring were cruising on 207-4, just eight needed for victory with 18 balls to go.

Suddenly a moment of madness from Dutch turned the game on its head.

He attempted to play a ramp shot and was out for 59, bowled  ul- Wahab.

With 12 balls left and seven runs required, Joe Waldron shouted for a hat-trick from Frost, who duly obliged, with Tring ending on 214-8.

KIDMORE END 2nds maintained their promotion push against mid-table WOOBURN NARKOVIANS 2nds.

The fixture set up a thrilling last game to be played against Farnham Common tomorrow (Saturday) at Gallowstree Common which could see the hosts promoted.

Kidmore were asked to bat first on a pitch which looked like it would provide plenty of assistance but the Wooburn opening bowlers didn’t exploit the conditions to their advantage as Chris Pigden and Tom Bodeker put on 39 for the first wicket before Bodeker’s dismissal for 17.

Kidmore then lost a couple of wickets cheaply and found themselves on 51-3 with Pigden standing resolute on 13 not out.

Mike Dixon then joined Pigden at the wicket and they enjoyed a 61 run partnership for the fourth wicket.

With Pigden on 42 he tried to clear the long on boundary and was caught, leaving the score on 112-4.

Skipper Mark New then joined Dixon with both players finding the boundary regularly in a partnership worth 26 before Dixon was also caught for a very good 34 with the score on 138-5.

Julian Berry and New added 49 priceless runs for the sixth wicket until Berry was dismissed for 31 with the score on 187.

Skipper New and Ryan Latter added a further 15 runs which took Kidmore past 200 as New finished on 39 not out and Latter finished with six.

The declaration then came which left Wooburn 46 overs to chase down a winning total of 204.

Wooburn in reply lost an early wicket as Ryan Latter got the initial breakthrough with Tom Bodeker holding a good catch in the covers.

However Wooburn then plodded along as Simon Foster and John White took the score to 51 in the 20th over before Joe Webster bowled Foster with a ball which he got to move considerably and bowl him through the gate.

Kidmore were bowling good lines and lengths however and none of the Wooburn batsmen demonstrated much attacking intent.

The cricket became very attritional until Ben Berryman got a ball to scuttle along the floor as he cleaned up Ron Barker for a lengthy duck.

The Wooburn middle order then did start playing their shots however they were running out of time and Kidmore continued to plug away and picked up wickets.

Peter Jones put in a good spell of left arm spin as he returned with impressive figures of 16-8-19-3.

Unfortunately for Wooburn the overs quickly ran out as the home side finished on 111-8 from their 46 overs with White 25 not out from 70 balls.

Mention should also go to the other bowlers Ryan Latter, Assad Ul Haq and Joe Webster and Ben Berryman who also bowled good spells.

HENLEY 2nds kept their promotion push in Division 2B on course with a comfortable away win over CHISWICK & WHITTON.

The hosts managed 108-9 before Henley took control, making 113-4.

It was a different story for HENLEY 3rds in Division 4B where their total of 142 was easy surpassed by THEALE & TILEHURST, who made 145 with the loss of two wickets.

WARGRAVE could muster only 160 in reply to BOYNE HILL’S 208-8 in Division 2B.

WARGRAVE 2nds, second in Division 6B, picked up useful points at home to THATCHAM TOWN 3rds, making 285-3 against the visitors’ total of 139.

WARGRAVE 3rds cancelled their match against YATELEY 4ths, while KIDMORE END 3rds home fixture against NEWBURY 3rds was called off by the  visitors.

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