Thursday, 24 June 2021

Peppard Stoke Row denied victory against champions

PEPPARD STOKE ROW began their Premier Division campaign with a dominant home winning draw against reigning

PEPPARD STOKE ROW began their Premier Division campaign with a dominant home winning draw against reigning champions SULHAMSTEAD on Saturday.

The hosts, bolstered by the off-season acquisitions of Fergus Nutt, Ashley Hayden, Sebastian Pau and Michael Chard, won the toss and chose to bat, but suffered an early setback when Wynand Lamprecht edged Doug Macdonald to gully.

Nutt looked impressive for his 26 before driving to mid off while Richard Ashton also looked in reasonable touch until mis-timing an attempted pull.

Captain Dan Hayden showed his class in adding a brisk 43, while at the other end, Andy Watts played a trademark innings to anchor the home line-up with a good knock of 88.

His eventual run out merely heralded a ferocious display of hitting from Ashley Hayden and the fit-again Matt Hopper, as the pair added 60 in the final four over to steer Peppard Stoke Row to 265-6.



Sulhamstead began steadily before Jason Doole edged Hopper to Watts in the gully, and the introduction of Ashley Hayden accounted for Steve Belcher and Aaron Briggs.

The off spinner added Chris Mercer and Marc Thompson to his victims as Sulhamstead crashed to 62-5, and when Roy Hayden took his Berkshire League wickets tally to 910 by removing Ryan Brown and Craig Palmer, the visitors were 105-7.

Jamie Seward smashed 62 from 52 balls before falling to Lamprecht and when Hayden completed his five-wicket haul by taking a caught and bowled to dismiss Ian Williams, Sulhamstead were 152-9. Last pair Matt Gill and Doug Macdonald held on to survive, the latter dropped at slip by Ashton to deny Hayden a sixth wicket.

PEPPARD STOKE ROW



W Lamprecht, c Seward, b Macdonald

6

F Nutt, c Thompson, b Palmer

26

A Watts, run out

88

R Ashton, c Thompson, b Palmer

24

D Hayden, b Brown

43

S Pau, run out

5

A Hayden, not out

41

M Hopper, not out

25

Extras

7





TOTAL (6 wkts)

265





SULHAMSTEAD



S Belcher, lbw, b A Hayden

22

J Doole, c Watts, b Hopper

14

A Briggs, c Chard, b A Hayden

1

C Mercer, c D Hayden, b A Hayden

13

M Thompson, c Nutt, b A Hayden

7

J Seward, c Ashton, b Lamprecht

62

R Brown, c Lamprecht, b R Hayden

6

C Palmer, b R Hayden

3

I Williams, c & b A Hayden

20

M Gill, not out

6

D Macdonald, not out

10

Extras







TOTAL (9 wkts)

174

Best bowling: A Hayden 5-32.

An unbeaten 86 by Jez Mayo formed the cornerstone of the WOODCOTE innings as he rescued them from an early-order slump at 28 for 4 at WEST READING.

Mayo got good support from debutant Micky Molloy in a 70 run partnership and Zaheer Ahmed in a 60 run partnership. In reply Adam Davidson replicated Mayo’s performance, though he was dropped early on, and his partnership, worth 120, with Qamar Abbas saw West Reading home for a comfortable seven-wicket win with fours overs to spare. Pick of the Woodcote bowlers was another debutant, Ghani Asif with 2-57 in 12 overs.

WOODCOTE



R Lennard, lbw, b Iqbal

15

M Atif Asif, c Khan, b Iqbal

8

JP Brouard, b Ul-Wahab

0

J Clark, lbw, b Iqbal

0

J Mayo, not out

86

M Molloy, c Iqbal, b Akram

21

S Gordon, b Ul-Wahab

4

U Ghani Asif, c Abbas, b Ul-Wahab

0

R Van Heerden, b Ul-Wahab

0

Z Ahmed, b Khan

20

J Worsfold, c Ahmewd, b Davidson

7

Extras

23





TOTAL

184





WEST READING



A Davidson, not out

86

T Ahmed, lbw, b Ghani Asif

15

Z Ali, lbw, b Ghani Asif

2

Q Abbas, st Lennard, b Ahmed

69

H Ul-Wahab, not out

4

Extras

12





TOTAL (3 wkts)

186



In Division 1 WEST READING 2nds appeared to be heading for a big score in good batting conditions at CHECKENDON when they reached 160-4 from 30 overs.

However, the dismissal of top scorer Amin for 84 precipitated a dramatic collapse thanks to spin twins Manpreet Singh and Harry Wickens. Manpreet finished with 4-8 as the visitors were dismissed for 186 in 35.2 overs. Checkendon’s reply was soundly based on an unbroken fourth wicket partnership of 119 between Ash Talreja and skipper Vikas Chib who played their strokes fluently as the home side secured victory by seven wickets with 15 overs to spare.

WEST READING 2nds



A Raja, b Tiwari

4

A Hussain, run out

19

M Ahmed, b Tiwari

1

H Ali, c —, b Panwar

6

W Amin, c Chib, b H Wickens

84

A Khan, c & b Singh

38

U Usamah, c Talreja, b H Wickens

0

S Jaffrah, c Gray, b Singh

7

A Muhammed, c Talreja, b Singh

7

F Ahmed, lbw, b Singh

0

K Hayat, not out

1

Extras

19





TOTAL

186



CHECKENDON



J Acland-Hood, c Raja, b Jaffrah

4

M Singh, c Hayat, b M Ahmed

34

A Talreja, not out

61

J Warren, b M Ahmed

0

V Chib, not out

56

Extras

32





TOTAL (3 wkts)

187



Elsewhere in the division GORING ran out winners away to BRADFIELD. Having won the toss the home side elected to bat first and were bowled out for 135 with Peter Slade, Stuart Hedley and Palash Banerjee all taking three wickets each.

In reply Goring hit the required runs with the loss of five wickets as they closed on 136-5 with Andy Steele top scoring on 49 not out.

BRADFIELD



P Hale, b Slade

30

W Nevill, c Carrier, b Slade

3

W Banks, b Banerjee

13

M Bolton, lbw, b Slade

1

M Evans, b Carrier

28

A Fritz, b Banerjee

11

D Norman, c Everitt, b Banerjee

2

D North, b Hedley

26

J Byrne, b Hedley

4

D Brown, not out

0

S Brown, b Hedley

0

Extras

17





TOTAL

135



GORING



J Russell, b Bryne

4

W Brownlee, c North, b Norman

18

A Benning, c Brown, b North

26

A Steele, not out

49

O Carrier, c Evans, b Byrne

19

P Banerjee, b Byrne

5

E Evereitt, lbw, b Byrne

2

A Ellis, b North

3

S Wincott, lbw, b North

0

S Hedley, not out

5

Extras

5





TOTAL (8 wkts)

136

In Division 2 PEPPARD STOKE ROW 2nds’ skipper Olly Nicholson won the toss and chose to bat on a dry pitch at SHINFIELD.

Despite losing opener Hugh Asquith in the second over the visiting top order all showed good early season form with the bat and kept the scoring rate above five runs per over for the first 30 overs on a track showing variable bounce.

Sam Fooks gloved a lifting ball to the keeper for 34 while Carl Hvass offered a well-taken return catch to Prashant Gandhi for 39. Olly Nicholson and Richard Walker shared a 63-run partnership before Nicholson was run out for 34.

Walker proceeded to a half-century and, with the help of a free-scoring middle order, swiftly added a further 116 runs in 16 overs. The Peppard Stoke Row innings closed on 256-7 off their allocated 45 overs.

Shinfield’s reply started brightly as the Peppard Stoke Row bowlers initially struggled for consistency. Nicholson opted for regular bowling changes in a bid to unsettle the home side’s rhythm and, thanks to excellent catches by Riaan Ackerman and Richard Walker off Rob Dyer, had Shinfield 73-3.

Ankush Gandhi continued to play his shots and was eventually out for 81, deceived by a dipping Ackerman delivery, having appeared to nick one to keeper Gerry Bacon in the previous over. Atiq Javed and Oliver Sankey batted well to keep Shinfield firmly in the hunt and with the hosts on 208-7 the game was in the balance with 10 overs to go.

Riaan Ackerman, having been given the new ball after 16 overs, produced a match-winning spell of 4-36 off 10 overs, including a diving catch at long on by Ian Jackson.

Proudfoot returned to the attack and promptly lured the home captain into a lofted drive to Sam Fooks at long off, before wrapping up victory for the visitors with a return catch off his own bowling.



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