THE frailty of WOODCOTE’S batting once again cost them dear on Saturday as they provided newly-promoted
THE frailty of WOODCOTE’S batting once again cost them dear on Saturday as they provided newly-promoted EMMBROOK AND BEARWOOD with their first Premier Division win of the season.
Of all days to choose for their innings to last only 25 overs, this was probably the worst as, on a wet day, it provided the home side time to win on a day when all other matches in the division were cancelled or abandoned. Even then, the last hour was played-out in steady rain.
None of the Woodcote batsmen got going and five wickets were down before the visitors reached 50. Emmbrook captain, Richard Cole claimed four wickets with Van Der mopping up the tail.
By the tea interval Emmbrook were 20 short of the Woodcote total and five wickets down, with slow bowlers Will Macdonald and Zaheer Ahmed in tandem.
After tea the umpires decided on a resumption with rain falling steadily. Macdonald and Zaheer bowled well to take four more wickets before the Emmbrook last batsman hit a four for a one wicket win.
R Lennard, lbw, b Sawyer
W Macdonald, c Narraway, b Cole
S Gordon, lbw, b Cole
M Molloy, b Woodward
J Mayo, lbw, b Cole
J Clark, lbw, b Cole
Z Akram, c Narraway, b Woodward
Z Ahmed, c Williams, b Van Der
J Worsfold, not out
R Rafaqat, c Williams, b Van Der
J Jose, c Sawyer, b Van Der
Best bowling: R Cole 4-21, M Van Der 3-7, S Woodward 2-38.
EMMBROOK AND BEARWOOD
M Robertson, lbw, b McDonald
S Jain, lbw, b McDonald
T McNelly, b Ahmed
S Woodward, c Worsfold, b Ahmed
P West, c Jose, b Ahmed
O Williams, b McDonald
J Narraway, b McDonald
A Robertson, c Worsfold, b Ahmed
R Cole, not out
C Sawyer, b McDonald
M Van Der, not out
TOTAL (9 wkts)
Best bowling: W Macdonald 5-39, Z Ahmed 4-47.
PEPPARD STOKE ROW’S fine start to the season was upset by the weather as their game against CROWTHORNE AND CROWN WOOD was eventually abandoned.
The visitors â€“ runners-up last year â€“ rode their luck during an opening stand of 52 between captain Ant Cluett and the more purposeful Mohammed Shakeel Arshad, with Matt Hopper unfortunate not to make a breakthrough.
It fell to Roy Hayden, the league’s all-time top wicket-taker, to extend his number of victims to 913 by removing Arshad and the dangerous Australian Joe Davies in successive balls, both trapped lbw.
Ashley Hayden quickly accounted for Nick Outram â€“ caught at first slip by Sam Fletcher â€“ but Alex Sykes looked in fine touch as he joined Cluett in extending the Crows’ score.
The opening batsman was finally removed for 38 when Dan Hayden had him caught behind by a diving Richard Ashton to make it 95-4.
With Crowthorne scoring at a below-par rate, Zain Abdi was thrown up the order and, together with Sykes, accelerated the score to 146-4 after 40 overs when rain finally won the day.
CROWTHORNE AND CROWN WOOD
A Cluett, c Ashton, b D Hayden
M Shakeel Arshad, lbw, b R Hayden
J Davies, lbw, b R Hayden
N Outram, c Fletcher, b A Hayden
A Sykes, not out
Z Abdi, not out
TOTAL (4 wkts)
In Division 1 CHECKENDON’S match at BRADFIELD was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Elsewhere in the division GORING won the toss at STRATFIELD TURGIS/HARTLEY WESPALL and put the hosts into bat. The home side raced to 151-1 off 27 overs before rain resulted in the match being abandoned.
In Division 2 PEPPARD STOKE ROW 2nds went down to a four wicket defeat at CROWTHORNE AND CROWN WOOD 2nds.
The hosts won the toss and put Peppard Stoke Row into bat first on an unpredictable pitch with a wet and slippery outfield. Wickets fell early and soon the visitors were 23-4. Runs were hard to come by as Richard Walker hit 29 with Peppard Stoke Row eventually ending their 45 over innings on 120-9.
In reply Crowthorne and Crown Wood hit 124-6 off 35.5 overs to win the match with Ian Jackson taking 4-34 for Peppard Stoke Row.
PEPPARD STOKE ROW 3rds were in a dominant position against HAWLEY 2nds when their Division 4 encounter was called off due to rain.
Don Townsin (20) and Markland Tidswell (23) gave Peppard Stoke Row a solid start before Pradeep Kumar (48) and Mark Lambert (38) kept momentum firmly with the home side.
Adam Lotery (24 not out) looked in fine touch and despite something of a collapse in the lower middle order, debutant U15 Toby Head hit some fine shots in an unbeaten 19 before play was halted with Peppard Stoke Row on 197-7 after 41 overs.