Henley make light work of Hurst to get season off to winning start
KIDMORE END got their Division 2A campaign off to a seven-wicket defeat at home to HAREFIELD
KIDMORE END got their Division 2A campaign off to a seven-wicket defeat at home to HAREFIELD 2nds at Gallowstree Common on Saturday.
The hosts batted first and were all out for 212 with Abid Ul-Wahab top scoring with 47. In reply the visitors eased to 213 for the loss of just three wickets with Matthew Ogden top scoring with 106.
In Division 2B HENLEY 2nds ran out winners by eight wickets away at HURST.
Henley captain Simon Wheeler won the toss and elected to field first. His decision was vindicated as Wheeler himself snaffled three early wickets.
With Zac Jones (3-33) plying his trade ably from the top end, bowling with hostility and late swing in a gargantuan spell of 16.2 overs, wickets continued to tumble, even after Wheeler (3-16) had been replaced by Nick Johnson, whose nagging medium pacers found the perfect length to cause the ball to rise perilously off a good length, all the while inducing a series of increasingly injudicious attacking shots from the Hurst lower/middle order.
Johnson finished with impressive figures of 4-10, with Henley’s fielding being an added fillip, including some fine catches by Tom Oldershaw and the returning Chris Ellison as Hurst ended their innings having been bowled out for 61.
Hurst elected to take the old ball to exploit a potentially hazardous pitch but unfortunately they could not despite the minor setback of Oldershaw being adjudged lbw early on.
Andrew Harris, Euan Brock and, once the latter had been stumped after dispatching a couple of rapier-like cover drives, Chris Ellison, benefited from the Hurst spinners missing their lengths more often than they had intended, contriving to finish the match in 15 overs with only two wickets down.
Another low-scoring match at CHISWICK AND WHITTON saw visitors WARGRAVE run out winners by five wickets.
The hosts, batting first, were dismissed for just 55 runs with Waqas Khan returning best figures for Wargrave with 5-26 while Arslan Yaseen took 4-4. In reply Wargrave hit 56-2 to win the match in just eight overs.
In Division 4B HENLEY 3rds, under the guidance of new captain Nathan Hopkins, lost out away to NORTH MAIDENHEAD 2nds.
With struggling availability, it was the two late call-ups that stole the show in a frustrating performance by the visitors.
Losing the toss and stuck in the field, Andrew Chappell and John Neville opened up and although with an early flourish of runs, Chappell from one end curtailed the run rate on a difficult wicket.
Chris Johnson took the first wicket, forcing the batsmen into chipping the ball up to Hopkins. 12-year-old Jonathan Trist was then brought into the attack and his off breaks saw him take three wickets in his two spells.
Johnson collected four wickets for his 19.5 overs while behind the stumps makeshift wicket keeper Alex Johnson managed a stumping and catch. Tom Chappell collected the remaining scalps in a short erratic spell as North Maidenhead posted 202 for Henley to chase.
In his first appearance for Henley, Karl Brown hit a number of shots through the leg side to put the visitors on a good footing while pener Sean Taylor was removed early on, bringing Hopkins to the crease who in turn hit a huge six.
After Brown was removed Alex Johnson fell early on in his inning. It fell to Ali Fitzsimons to help Hopkins out and he added to the chase with some clever running between the wickets.
Henley looked well set to chase the total until a middle order collapse saw Hopkins, Fitzsimons, T Chappell, debutant Robert Blackmore, Neville and A Chappell all lose their wickets in quick succession.
North Maidenhead had victory in their grasp but Trist and Johnson frustrated the opposition for a number of overs before the former was last man out for the visitors.
Mandip Sohi took 4-18 as hosts WARGRAVE 2nds eased to an eight-wicket Division 6B victory against BOYNE HILL 3rds.
The visitors were put into bat first and dismissed for 61 in 26 overs. In reply Wargrave eased to 62-2 off just 10.3 overs to win the match.
KIDMORE END 2nds had the better of the Division 7A draw away to BRACKNELL 2nds.
Kidmore lost the toss and were put into bat. The opening overs proved difficult to negotiate as openers Chris Pigden and Mark New had to contend with a new ball which was moving around.
Pigden was first out as he mis-timed a drive, Tom Bodeker soon followed as he misjudged the length of a ball from slow bowler Henley leaving Kidmore wobbling on 18-2 and with Ollie Johnson also out caught for 12 and Mike Dixon following soon after Kidmore were in danger of a potential collapse after 20 overs with the score on 41-4. Youngster Joe Hollaran built a solid partnership with Mark New as they counterattacked with Holloran hitting some lofted shots which cleared the boundary.
Holloran was eventually caught going for another boundary for 47 with the score on 118.
New used all his experience as he negotiated his way to a patient half-century before being dismissed in the 40th over. Ben Berryman, Ryan Corbett, Ryan Latter and Rufus Emmanuel ensured the visitors ended on 201-8 off their alloted overs.
Kidmore got an early break through in the field as Rufus Emmanuel clean bowled Bracknell opener Clark.
Peter Henley and Amar Sultan slowly started to inch Bracknell towards being in a position whereby they were able to get themselves in a winning position but in the face of some accurate bowling from Ben Berryman and Ryan Latter and a sluggish outfield runs were at a premium.
Latter eventually got the breakthrough as Mark New took a low catch at square leg to remove Sultan and then Kartik attempted to smash Bracknell to victory but played one expansive shot too many and was bowled whilst at the same timeÂ Henley recorded a half century.
With his dismissal by Latter for 60 Kidmore were in the ascendancy and further wickets fell as the visiting bowlers started to work their way through the home batting line-up. However, Bracknell held on to deny Kidmore victory.
KIDMORE END 2nds
C Pigden, c Clark, b Sultan
M New, lbw, b Kartik
T Bodeker, b Henley
O Johnson, c Martindale, b Farroq
M Dixon, b Henley
J Halloran, c Raja, b Johan
B Berryman, c Cooper, b Johan
R Latter, not out
R Corbett, c & b Martindale
R Emmanuel, not out
TOTAL (8 wkts)
D Clark, b R Emmanuel
P Henley, b R Latter
A Sultan, c M New, b R Latter
Kartik, b Azhar
R Cooper, not out
H Raja, c R Emmanuel, b B Berryman
A Irfhan, b R Latter
M Ahmed, c R Corbett, b R Latter
S Farooq, not out
TOTAL (7 wkts)
HENLEY 4ths forfeited their match at home to EVERSLEY 3rds as they could not raise a side.
Stephen Jeffrey hit a century during WARGRAVE 3rds’ draw away at FINCHAMPSTEAD 5ths in Division 9A. Batting first Wargrave posted 256-4 with Jeffrey hitting 113 and Andrew Hattey chipping in with 65. In reply Finchampstead hit 169-6.
Elsewhere in the division KIDMORE END 3rds lost out by six-wickets at home to NEWBURY 3rds.
Batting first Kidmore End were all out for 107 with Greg Clark top scoring with 53. In reply Newbury eased to 109-4 to claim victory.