MAX Baker-Smith made his maiden century and fellow teenage prodigy Will Legg also struck an unbeaten
MAX Baker-Smith made his maiden century and fellow teenage prodigy Will Legg also struck an unbeaten ton as PEPPARD STOKE ROW KITES began their season with a 10-wicket win at home to CHECKENDON on Sunday.
Visiting skipper Manpreet Singh won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket in remarkably good condition despite the wet weather of the preceding weeks.
Checkendon made a solid start and it was only the introduction of Olly Nicholson which broke an impressive opening stand.
Chris Proudfoot removed Jim Warren shortly after, but Guy Ashby joined Singh in punishing the Kites bowlers mid-innings.
Young leg spinner Josh Perkins accounted for Ashby, but Singh completed his ton before eventually falling to Fergus Nutt as his side reached 211-6 in their 35 overs.
What seemed a highly competitive total proved not to be as the U18 pair of Baker-Smith and Legg showed their class.
Playing shots all round the wicket, Baker-Smith was the first to reach three figures with a huge six over mid wicket.
He then allowed his partner to also secure a century by defending until Legg brought up his landmark with a push down the ground before Baker-Smith struck a cover drive to secure victory in the 31st over.