PEPPARD STOKE ROW KITES put in a fine all-round performance to beat WOODCOTE by 64 runs
PEPPARD STOKE ROW KITES put in a fine all-round performance to beat WOODCOTE by 64 runs at the Common on Sunday.
Home captain Richard Ashton gave his side early impetus by hitting the second ball of the match for six and he shared in an opening stand of 56 with Max Baker-Smith until the latter was bowled by Zaheer Ahmed.
Ashton followed shortly for 47 but 71 from just 58 balls from Phil Duncan kept the momentum building and provided the backbone for the remainder of the innings. Cameos from Will Legg and Ashley Hayden took the Kites to 217-7 in their 35 overs, with Ahmed, James Worsfold and Jaimie Jose the pick of the visitors’ bowling attack.
Woodcote’s reply saw debutant Australian bowler Sam Widdicombe take two wickets in his first over, the bowler benefiting from a diving catch by Ashton to dismiss Mike Stroker.
Steve Henderson looked in good form until he was bowled by Ken Sullivan, the off spinner’s first wicket for the club preceding a triple-wicket maiden.
JP Brouard and Ryan van Heerden batted well until they were dismissed by Olly Nicholson, before the Woodcote tail saw Baker-Smith take a hat-trick. The Oratory School spinner threw the ball above the batsmen’s eye line while occasionally hurling down a quicker ball, and that combination proved enough to account for Zaf Akram, Raja Rafaqat and Zaheer Ahmed in the space of three balls.
The game was up for Woodcote when Jose’s attempted reverse sweep made no contact with an Ashton slower ball, the visitors all out for 127.