Allaway and Brock pile on runs as side win run chase
HALF-CENTURIES by opener Jeff Sheldon and number four Guy Ashby were not enough for KIDMORE END
HALF-CENTURIES by opener Jeff Sheldon and number four Guy Ashby were not enough for KIDMORE END as they went down to a five wicket defeat at FINCHAMPSTEAD 2nds in Division 2A.
Batting first the visitors put on 186-8 with Sheldon being run out for 62 and Ashby bowled for 60. Greg Connor was the only other Kidmore batsman to make double figures with 26 runs. In reply Finchampstead reached 190-5 to win the match.
HENLEY 2nds made it two wins on the spin in Division 2B as they defeated BURNHAM 2nds by seven wickets at the Brakspear Ground.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first and their openers started solidly against Henley’s opening partnership of Jones and Wheeler and made their way to 76-0 before both fell to the canny medium pacers of Nick Johnson. Chris Ellison plugged away from the other end, also picking up two wickets.
With the score at 90-4, Sarwar (74) and Ahmed (57) combined to score freely. Despite the increase in tempo, Henley remained vigilant before Zac Jones made the breakthrough with four wickets in the final 15 overs. Burnham ended their inning on 265-9 off their maximum allotment of 52 overs.
In reply Tom Oldershaw dragged on first ball, but Andy Harris (47) and David Allaway (82) steadied the ship. Once Harris had been dismissed, caught off Aziz, Allaway was joined by Euan Brock (72 not out), and the two combined to run hard and keep Burnham under constant pressure.
When Allaway was dismissed he had laid the groundwork for Ellison (34 not out) and Brock to take the game away from Burnham once and for all, increasing the scoring rate at will to seal victory with more than two overs to spare.
Elsewhere in the division WARGRAVE went down to a five wicket defeat against visitors HURST.
Batting first Wargrave were all out for 140 with Arslan Yaseen top scoring with 39. In reply Hurst eased to 141-5 to wrap up the win. HENLEY 3rds suffered a 10-wicket defeat against WOKINGHAM 2nds in Division 4B in their home match at Nettlebed.
Henley captain Hopkins won the toss and decided to bat on a good wicket.
Strong bowling from the Wokingham opener in the first over resulted in two wickets falling early doors. Nick Goodson left a ball seemingly looking to pass off stump only for it to jag back and clip the stumps. The next ball Hopkins was caught behind. Other opener K Jones was stranded at the other end not having faced a ball to leave Henley on 0-2.
A Johnson, Jones and new recruit keeper Adam Lubbock all fell quickly as the first two bowlers never gave the Henley batsmen room to breathe.
After Gould fell after coming in at number seven, Tom Chappell and John Neville did their best to keep Wokingham at bay until the resistance broke as Neville, T Chappell and C Johnson were all soon back in the pavilion.
Ron Pratley and Andrew Chappell tried to prolong the innings and frustrated Wokingham as they managed to scramble some runs. Pratley top score with 30 before Chappell was run out and Henley were dismisse dfor 72.
In reply Wokingham needed just 15 overs to win the match without the loss of any wickets.
In Division 6B WARGRAVE 2nds beat HURST 2nds by seven wickets.
Mandip Sohi took 4-31 as Wargrave bowled Hurst out for 100. In reply Wargrave eased to 103-3 to win the match with Razwan Hanif top scoring with 34.
In Division 7A, Luke Sinclair hit 129 not out to steer KIDMORE END 2nds to an imposing 275-4 against HENLEY 4ths at Gallowstree Common.
Kidmore won the toss and decided to bat first and enjoyed a fine start to their innings courtesy of some wayward bowling from the Henley openers Morgan and Harris-White as Chris Pigden and Mark New raced the hosts along to 37 off the first four overs.
It took the introduction of Henley skipper Shaun Taylor to try and wrest some of the initiative back from the home team as he bowled a length which hadn’t been seen and duly was rewarded as he induced an outside edge from New. Pigden also followed soon after as he inside edged the ball on to his pad and it then looped up to short leg.
Oli Johnson and Sinclair put together a fine counterattacking partnership as they added 148 for the third wicket until Johnson was out for 63. Mike Dixon joined Sinclair and they added a further 66 runs pushing Kidmore further towards a declaration total until Dixon was lbw to Meeks with Sinclair in the process completing his century. Kidmore’s declaration came in the 45th over with the score on 275-4.
In reply the Henley opening batsmen Paul Smith and John Aspinall ensured that Kidmore were made to work hard for their runs with Smith hitting some fine shots.
Sinclair got the initial breakthrough as Aspinall tried to drive the ball and was well held at slip by Mark New. At the other end Azhar Udeen, who was bowling a good spell, trapped Smith lbw and Henley were now 46-2.
Henley added a further 31 between Gill and Taylor until Ryan Latter accounted for Gill and with both Latter and Udeen now bowling with a good rhythm runs were proving hard to come by. Callum Driscoll then held a running catch at cover to dismiss Henley skipper Taylor as Henley were teetering at 106-5. Udeen started to work his way through the Henley middle and lower order and was assisted with good catching behind the wicket from Ryan Corbett and Chris Pigden.
Peter Neville was doing a solid job at stonewalling and found good company in Rob Blackmore and it took a delivery from Udeen to collect his sixth wicket and the winning wicket for the hosts as Henley were all out for 139.
KIDMORE END 2nds
C Pigden, c Smith, b Taylor
M New, c Smith, b Taylor
O Johnson, c Gill, b Blackmore
L Sinclair, not out
M Dixon, lbw, b Meeks
J Halloran, not out
TOTAL (4 wkts)
P Smith, lbw, b Udeen
J Aspinall, c New, b Sinclair
A Gill, b Latter
S Taylor, c Driscoll, b Latter
A Hobbs, b Udeen
A Harris-White, c Corbett, b Udeen
P Neville, not out
A Morgan, c Pigden, b Udeen
R Blackmore, lbw, b Udeen
In Division 9A WARGRAVE 3rds defeated KIDMORE END 3rds by nine wickets.
Batting first, Kidmore End were all out for 70 runs with Philip Norris taking 3-5 for the hosts. In reply Wargrave eased to 71-1 in just 11.2 overs.