NEERAJ Sharma took his maiden five-wicket haul for PEPPARD STOKE ROW KITES as they ended their impressive campaign with a
NEERAJ Sharma took his maiden five-wicket haul for PEPPARD STOKE ROW KITES as they ended their impressive campaign with a five-wicket success at BINFIELD on Sunday.
The hosts won the toss and chose to bat but were in early trouble as Will Legg and Andy Watts claimed a wicket apiece, before Olly Nicholson produced a beauty to clean up Josh Simmonds and leave Binfield 34-3.
Tim Vines (47) and Matt York (32) rebuilt the innings, but a pair of frugal spells by Nicholson (2-27 off eight overs) and Mick Chard (0-26 off eight) kept the Kites on top.
The young Watts brothers â?? 12-year-old Daniel and 10-year-old James â?? kept the pressure on by going at less than a run a ball, and Binfield were behind the eight ball as they reached the final overs of their innings. Sharma was the beneficiary as he recorded figures of 5-11 from four overs, aided by a brace of catches by Hugh Asquith at extra cover, the fielder taking one apiece diving with his left and right hands.
A third fine catch, this time by Carl Hvass, heralded the end of the innings as captain Richard Ashton had Kathir Kothumani caught at deep square leg from a vicious bouncer to leave Binfield 140 all out.
Legg (34) passed the 1,000-run mark for the Kites for the season â?? at an average of 92.09 â?? before he was trapped lbw by Matt Hayman, while Hvass also looked in good touch before falling to a brilliant catch by Tony Boad.
Don Townsin and Sharma steadied the ship, but when they both fell along with Andy Watts the Kites were 110-5.
Nicholson (25 not out) and Ashton sealed victory with 26 balls to spare, leaving the Kites with an impressive 20 victories from their 23 games played this season.