Thursday, 17 June 2021

Kites flying high following fourth consecutive win

PEPPARD STOKE ROW lost out in a pre-league season friendly at HARTLEY WINTNEY last Saturday.

PEPPARD STOKE ROW lost out in a pre-league season friendly at HARTLEY WINTNEY last Saturday.

The home side, including two overseas players, opted to bat first on a good batting track and fast outfield and their Australian opener Tom Garwood was quick to seize on any full-pitched deliveries early on. Garwood was eventually bowled behind his legs by Mick Chard senior for 56, whilst the other opener, Rex Porter, retired on 63 in the 30th over.

The Hartley Wintney middle order all batted well to keep the momentum going and the only other wicket to fall was Matt Kerr, caught by Alfie Burnett at extra cover.

Peppard Stoke Row fielded well and kept a lid on the run rate until the latter stages of the innings, with Hartley Wintney hitting eight sixes in their impressive total of 271-2 off 40 overs. Peppard Stoke Row responded well with the bat, only losing their first wicket for 33 in the sixth over when Riaan Ackerman top-edged an attempted pull shot.

Fergus Nutt showed his classy footwork and timing as he and Olly Nicholson put on 113 off 14 overs and Peppard Stoke Row were well-placed at drinks after 20 overs on 146-1.



It took the introduction of Hartley Wintney’s other overseas player, Scott Baldwin, to break the potentially match-winning partnership as Baldwin’s pace accounted for three of the visiting batsmen. Nicholson was Yorked for 48, including six sixes, Sam Fletcher saw his off stump cartwheel soon after and Paddy Hennessy skied an early drive to mid-on. Nutt, having hit 15 fours and four sixes, fell agonisingly short of a century when he offered a simple catch to long on. After Nutt’s departure the run-rate slowed and, although Sam Boughton held the middle order together with an unbeaten 51 off 20 overs, a double-wicket maiden from Dev Buttar helped seal a 25-run victory for the hosts.

HARTLEY WINTNEY



R Porter, retired

63

T Garwood, b Chard snr

56

M Kerr, c Burnett, b Hayden

32

D Plume, retired

52

S Baldwin, retired

53

C Saville, not out

19

T Millward, not out

8

Extras

6





TOTAL (2 wkts)

271





PEPPARD STOKE ROW



F Nutt, c Baldwin, b Buttar

99

R Ackerman, c Saville, b Buttar

8

O Nicholson, b Baldwin

48

S Boughton, not out

51

D Hayden, c —, b Buttar

17

S Fletcher, b Baldwin

6

P Hennessy, c —, b Baldwin

1

A Burnett, not out

2

Extras

13





TOTAL (6 wkts)

245

Best bowling: S Baldwin 3-28, D Buttar 3-34.

PEPPARD STOKE ROW KITES recorded their fourth consecutive victory with a 48-run win in a low-scoring match at home to HARPSDEN on Sunday.

The hosts made a disastrous start after being put into bat, with Will Legg missing a straight ball from Zac Jones and Fergus Nutt being bowled by Ed Birkett.

Andy Watts followed shortly after but a good partnership between the hard-hitting Ashley Hayden and the more patient James Hern got the hosts back in the game. Gary Legg utilised the leg side effectively but a lower order collapse resulted in the Kites being dismissed for 130. Jones, Christian Whittaker and Matthew Stanley all grabbed a brace of wickets, with Rod Birkett taking three.

The Kites made a good start with Will Legg and Nutt taking two early wickets apiece to leave the visitors reeling.

Whittaker and Jones stabilised the innings before both fell to the in-form Hayden.

The Kites were outstanding in the field and were ably led by stand-in captain Will Legg. The visitors’ plight worsened as spinners Josh Perkins and Chris Humphreys helped themselves to a wicket apiece before Satheech Elanganathan ended the game by dismissing Rod Birkett with the total on 82, Harpsden’s wicketkeeper Allan Woodhall unable to bat after suffering a blow to the face in the first innings.

PEPPARD STOKE ROW KITES



F Nutt, b E Birkett

2

W Legg, b Jones

5

A Watts, st J Stanley, b R Birkett

4

J Hern, b M Stanley

40

A Hayden, c Bradley, b Whittaker

27

G Legg, c E Birkett, b M Stanley

21

D Bacon, b R Birkett

0

C Humphreys, b Whittaker

4

J Perkins, c —, b R Birkett

1

S Elanganathan, c —, b Jones

3

G Bacon, not out

2

Extras

21





TOTAL

130





HARPSDEN



M Greenwood, b W Legg

1

J Bradley, b W Legg

5

S Imlay, c Perkins, b Nutt

6

J Stanley, b Nutt

0

C Whittaker, c Elanganathan, b Hayden

13

Z Jones, c & b Hayden

13

E Birkett, c W Legg, b Perkins

8

M Stanley, c Hayden, b Humphreys

8

M Martin, not out

4

R Birkett, c Humphreys, b Elanganathan

0

Extras

24





TOTAL

82





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