Sunday, 20 June 2021

Opponents relegated despite good turn

KIDMORE END won the toss away at OMT and generously gave the hosts a

KIDMORE END won the toss away at OMT and generously gave the hosts a chance to gain the 25 points they needed to avoid relegation, by choosing to field first.

OMT got off to a steady start but lost one wicket to Abid ul Wahab with the score on 22. Rawal and Hassan put on 86 for the second wicket, but Kidmore stifled the scoring rate and a second wicket fell when Rawal (60) went aerial and was dismissed after a good catch in the deep by Owyn Tong-Jones off the bowling of Matt Stevens.

The third wicket fell in the 41st over when Guy Ashby came into the attack, bowling like a man possessed.

He bowled Hassan (63) around the legs, had Brand caught by the reliable hands of Stevens on the boundary and ran out Mahmood following a diving stop and throw off his own bowling.

OMT declared with the score on 214-6 at 50 overs.

Kidmore’s response was mixed. Owyn Tong-Jones batted steadily for 45. Young Jake Easton (56) batted with more aggression but the scoring rate was not quite quick enough.

The rate picked up when Guy Ashby came in to bat and scored 70 not out in 16 overs.

But the runs required to win were too many in the time remaining and batsmen came and went. Kidmore finished 202-8, the game ending in a frustrating draw for both teams. The result saw OMT relegated.

HENLEY 2nds ended the seasson runners-up in Division 2B despite a final-match defeat to HIGH WYCOMBE 2nds.

Henley were 202 all out with High Wycome reaching their target with the loss of six wickets.

WARGRAVE needed 14 points more than relegation- rivals Bagshot going into their last match against HURST.

But Wargrave hearts were dashed when Hurst won the toss and elected to bat, thus removing any chance of a 25 point win. Hurst got off to a flier, 38 runs were plundered in the first five overs. But the game changed on its head, with skipper Sohi trapping Carroll lbw for a quick 25 and taking the prize wicket of Smith for just nine runs.

With most of the Hurst batting contingent back in the hut, Walker led the resistance but this only delayed the inevitable as they were all out for 121 in 39.2 overs, with seven batsmen falling in single figures. Sohi and Woods took four wickets each.

Wargrave were feeling confident given the low target to chase but hopes faded in only the second over as Sohi’s defences were breached by a straight one from Cording.

The wickets of Malik and Woods followed, along with Taylor and then Kumar to similarly ill-judged shots off Cording.

What happened next was one of the most savage onslaughts witnessed at Wargrave, as Neal Robinson proceeded to smash the bowling of Higgs and Cording.

Tthe new ball was taken and the field was set back, but this backfired as Robinson (78 not out) hit 10 fours and five sixes.

Wargrave won on 123-9 and with bottom-club Hayes winning against Bagshot, they were safe.

HENLEY 3rds fell short in Division 4B against COOKHAM DEAN, where they made 172 against the hosts’ 262-2.

HENLEY 4ths finished bottom of Division 6A after a heavy defeat to SLOUGH 4ths, who scored 243-4 against Henley’s 111 all out.

WARGRAVE 2nds lost to HURST 2nds despite Dan Hayden putting on 67 on their way to 124 all out. Hurst scored 145-7.

KIDMORE END 2nds missed promotion from Division 7B despite a seven-wicket win over FARNHAM COMMON 2nds.

Farnham Common won the toss and decided to bat, with Ryan Latter quickly picking up the first two wickets. There then followed a 125 run partnership between Akshay Ali and Vijay Kalalabadmi.

Joe Webster got the breakthrough as he had Ali caught by Mark New at extra cover and Kalalabadmi was bowled by off-spinner Jeff Sheldon.

With Farnham Common closing on 219-7, Kidmore opened with David New and Neil Clark.

Clark benefited from some substandard fielding and bowling as he was caught off a no ball and then was dropped at mid-on.

The pair motored towards a 144 partnership, with New bowled for 27 and Clark out for 119 with the score on 173-2 in the 32nd over.

Jeff Sheldon moved Kidmore nearer to a winning score as he and Mike Dixon added 35 runs before Dixon was run out for nine. Kidmore skipper Mark New then joined Sheldon and they ensured a seven wicket victory in the 41st over.

SONNING 3rds were all out for 111, against DATCHET CRANBOURNE 2nds’ 123-2 but still managed to seal promotion from Division 9A.

WARGRAVE 3rds scored 173-7 in the same division before getting COVE 5 all out for 89.

KIDMORE END 3rds were 189-5, including 80 not out for Lawson, against BOYNE HILL 4ths, all out for 187.

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