Saturday, 19 June 2021

Wonderful Wheeler&rsquos six-wicket haul helps lift Henley to top of the table

KIDMORE END&rsquoS winless start to their Division 2A campaign continued on Saturday as they lost out

KIDMORE END&rsquoS winless start to their Division 2A campaign continued on Saturday as they lost out by four wickets at home to NORTH MAIDENHEAD on Saturday.

The hosts were inserted on a Gallowstree Common wicket which looked like it would provide a fair contest between bat and ball.

Kidmore End openers Joe Waldron and Tom Sheldon started positively with Sheldon appearing to overcome his early season lack of form. With an injury to North Maidenhead opening bowler, F Mumtaz, the early introduction of Saeed Bukhari was to prove a significant influence on the game.

Bukhari took his first wicket by bowling Jeff Sheldon and then followed this up by dismissing Waldron, Guy Ashby and Abid Ul-Wahab in the space of 12 balls to leave Kidmore End on 52-5 in the 13th over.

Kidmore youngsters Jake Easton and Zac Leonard both placed the pressure back on the North Maidenhead attack with sharp singles and well-judged running to ease the pressure. The partnership had reached 46 before Easton was bowled by Asjid Asghar.



KIDMORE END&rsquoS winless start to their Division 2A campaign continued on Saturday as they lost out by four wickets at home to NORTH MAIDENHEAD on Saturday.

The hosts were inserted on a Gallowstree Common wicket which looked like it would provide a fair contest between bat and ball.

Kidmore End openers Joe Waldron and Tom Sheldon started positively with Sheldon appearing to overcome his early season lack of form. With an injury to North Maidenhead opening bowler, F Mumtaz, the early introduction of Saeed Bukhari was to prove a significant influence on the game.

Bukhari took his first wicket by bowling Jeff Sheldon and then followed this up by dismissing Waldron, Guy Ashby and Abid Ul-Wahab in the space of 12 balls to leave Kidmore End on 52-5 in the 13th over.

Kidmore youngsters Jake Easton and Zac Leonard both placed the pressure back on the North Maidenhead attack with sharp singles and well-judged running to ease the pressure. The partnership had reached 46 before Easton was bowled by Asjid Asghar.



Following the dismissal of Easton, Leonard looked to become more positive and found a willing partner in Billy Oliver with both batsmen content to pick up the singles that were on offer as well as punishing the bad ball when it came along.

The re-introduction of Bukhari into the attack resulted in the dismissal of Leonard after the partnership had put on 49 for the seventh wicket, courtesy of a sharp catch taken by Shafiq Khan at backward point.

Kidmore then slumped to 149-9 following the dismissal of Frost and Oliver which left the last wicket pairing of James Rogers and Dhilesh Vasan needing to use the remaining 16 overs to drive the hosts towards a competitive total. With Bukhari now tiring after his spell, both Rogers and Vasan were content to take the runs on offer and this only ended when Vasan was caught by Asghar which left North Maidenhead 52 overs to chase 176.

Opening bowlers Rogers and Frost did not concede a run until the fourth over, when opener Saeed Bukhari decided to attack at this point with his 41 runs coming off 49 balls with him treating Rogers with particular severity.

With the introduction of Abid Ul-Wahab into the attack, he provided immediate success dismissing Majid Ashraf in his first over before removing Shahzad Asghar courtesy of good glove-work by Zac Leonard.

When Bukhari was bowled by Ul-Wahab the game was well set at 83-3. North Maidenhead&rsquos Majid Khan then played the crucial innings of the game and he dominated the fifth wicket partnership of 53 with Asjid Asghar.

Two late wickets provided Kidmore with some small hope, but the game was finished off by Amir Asghar and Adeel Quyyum courtesy of the severe treatment of the short balls as the Kidmore bowlers tired.

KIDMORE END



J Waldron, b Bukhari

25

T Sheldon, b Mumtaz

12

J Sheldon, b Bukhari

0

G Ashby, b Bukhari

0

J Easton, b Asghar

30

A Ul-Wahab, b Bukhari

0

Z Leonard, c Khan, b Bukhari

32

B Oliver, c Saleem, b Asghar

33

J Frost, lbw, b Bukhari

0

J Rogers, not out

18

D Vasan, c Asghar, b Saleem

9

Extras

16





TOTAL

175

Best bowling: S Bukhari 6-55, A Asghar 2-32.



NORTH MAIDENHEAD



M Ashraf, b Ul-Wahab

22

S Bukhari, b Ul-Wahab

41

S Asghar, c Leonard, b Ul-Wahab

14

M Khan, c Sheldon, b Ashby

52

A Asghar, c Ul-Wahab, b Vasan

8

S Khan, lbw, b Ul-Wahab

4

A Asghar, not out

14

A Quyyum, not out

9

Extras

12





TOTAL (6 wkts)

176

Best bowling: A Ul-Wahab 4-41.



HENLEY 2nds moved to the top of Division 2B thanks to a 65-run win at THATCHAM TOWN.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first. Harris and Oldershaw started with gusto, with the former striking the ball well before giving a catch behind the wicket for 11 off the bowling of Johnson.

Johnson continued to apply pressure, removing Oldershaw (24) and latterly Goodson (8).

At 44-3 it was left to Brock and Legg to reassert some control, with the latter unleashing some powerful drives square of the wicket, allowing Euan Brock (60) to accumulate with comfort at the other end against the spin of Bird and Williams. Legg departed for 40 while looking to hit over the top, before Bird accounted for Gurung (10) and Brock, with 14-year-old Michael Williams (10), who had looked assured on his second team debut, top-edging a sweep to leave Henley on 167-7.

This brought Jones (18) and Homewood (27) to the crease, and the duo looked to push Henley beyond 200, mixing hard running between the wickets and the occasional lusty blow. Both were dismissed in the final overs looking to go over the top, allowing Nigel Dunstan to land a six into a row of trees before being bowled the next ball. Henley finished on 216 all out with the final wicket falling on the final ball of their allotted 52 overs.

Simon Wheeler decided to take the old ball, combining his combination of seamers and slower balls with the wily slow left arm of Brock.

Wheeler struck twice in the first over, removing O&rsquoFlynn with his first ball and Copeman with his fourth. Henley had the upper hand at this point, and despite the attempts of the other opener Wood (12) to increase the scoring rate, chipped their way through the Thatcham batting line-up.

Brock (3-35) hit Young in front, before Wheeler got in on the act once again by forcing Wood to chip a straightforward catch to Legg at mid-wicket. Three more wickets fell in quick succession, with Zac Jones (1-53) disrupting the off stump of Bartholomew and Wheeler, who finished with figures of 6-42 off his 18 overs, removing Gibson for 7.

Thatcham&rsquos Williams took a liking to Jones as he blazed 61 in a counter attack assisted by firstly Allen (12) and then Johnson (14).

Wheeler brought himself back on to reassert control and promptly managed to extract Williams (61) by inducing a poorly timed swipe to Jones at cover. Johnson was the last man to go, playing all around a Wheeler slower ball to give the visitors victory with three overs remaining.

Elsewhere in the division WARGRAVE drew away to SLOUGH 2nds.

The hosts batted first and were all out for 198 off their 52 overs with Huw Thomas taking 5-61 and Martin Smith chipping in with 3-80.

In reply Wargrave almost won the match as they finished their innings just two runs short of victory on 197-5 off their 48 allotted overs.

In Division 4B HENLEY 3rds went down to a 119 run defeat at Nettlebed against STOKE GREEN 2nds.

Batting first the visitors were dismissed for 154 with Tom Chappell taking 5-43 and Rob Kenworthy 3-23.

Disaster struck Henley in their reply as Mughal took 5-13 for the visitors as the hosts were dismissed for just 35 runs off 18.2 overs.

WARGRAVE 2nds remain top of Division 6B following their 146 run victory at home to PURLEY 2nds.

Batting first the hosts put on 265-9 with Mandip Sohi top scoring with 99. In reply Purley were bowled out or 119 with Razwan Hanif taking 5-17 for Wargrave.

KIDMORE END 2nds drew with Division 7A match away to NORTH MAIDENHEAD 3rds.

After winning the toss, North Maidenhead elected to bat first and the breakthrough came in Kidmore opening bowler Azhar Udeen&rsquos second over when he dismissed Mounero courtesy of a sharp catch by Joe Holloran.

Kidmore then had to rue their luck as numerous lobs either went just over fielders or just wide as North Maidenhead rode their luck. Rufus Emmanuel was rewarded for a persevering spell when Will Patey took a comfortable catch to ensure the dismissal of Zafar Razaq.

The two major innings of North Maidenhead were then played by Danyal Mumtaz and Bhavik Kumar and both batsmen made frequent use of the short boundaries to ensure that Kidmore End had a significant target to chase.

The innings of Kumar was ended when Joe Holloran took another good catch off the bowling of Ben Berryman and with Luke Sinclair taking a steepling catch off his bowling to dismiss Masool, Kidmore were confident of keeping the score down to a reasonable target. However, Mumtaz ensured the hosts finished on 243-6 off their allotted 47 overs.

Kidmore End openers Chris Pigden and Luke Sinclair put on 85 before Sinclair was dismissed by Taz Choudary and a mini collapse took hold as Kidmore lost three wickets for 15 runs.

Joe Holloran then helped to put on a 41 partnership before Pigden was caught by Zafar Razaq. With Kidmore now in pursuit of an unlikely victory, late wickets fell as North Maidenhead pushed for victory.

With Holloran unruffled by everything by the North Maidenhead attack, and with Azhar Udeen deciding that attack was clearly his best method of defence, Kidmore ensured that they picked up the maximum batting bonus points available to leave them still undefeated.

NORTH MAIDENHEAD 3rds



J Mounero, c Holloran, b Udeen

8

Z Razaq, c Patey, b Emmanuel

28

D Mumtaz, c Emmanuel, b Sinclair

82

B Kumar, c Holloran, b Berryman

86

A Masool, c & b Sinclair

16

B Hussain, not out

10

A Razib, b Berryman

2

Extras

11





TOTAL (6 wkts)

243

Best bowling: B Berryman 2-48, L Sinclair 2-60.



KIDMORE END 2nds



C Pigden, c Razaq, b Rehman

70

L Sinclair, b Choudary

37

B Berryman, b Rehman

4

W Patey, c Hussain, b Haider

1

M Dixon, c & b Rehman

5

J Holloran, not out

46

W Chapman, b Choudhary

13

R Emmanuel, b Choudary

0

J Colman, b Razib

6

A Udeen, not out

19

Extras

17





TOTAL (8 wkts)

218

Best bowling: T Choudary 3-26, A Rehman 3-42, A Razib 2-37.

Elsewhere in the division basement side HENLEY 4ths remain rooted to the foot of the table as they lost by eight wickets at FINCHAMPSTEAD 4ths. Batting first Henley were all out for 73 with the hosts reaching their required target of 74-2 off just 12 overs.

WARGRAVE 3rds defeated BOYNE HILL 4ths by six wickets in their Division 9A clash.

The visitors, batting first, put on 145-9 with Wargrave&rsquos Lewis Bowers taking 4-19 and Scott Walker 3-57. In reply Rob Jones hit 45 to help the hosts to 147-4.

Elsewhere in the division KIDMORE END 3rds recorded their first win of the season as they defeated visitors MAIDENHEAD AND BRAY 4ths.

After winning the toss, Kidmore captain Todd Butler decided to field first. Opening bowlers Nathan Ruegg and Harry Ingram both belied their youth by maintaining good line and length as neither of the Maidenhead and Bray openers were able to get the bowlers away.

Ruegg was first to strike when Alex Biddle was caught by Julian Berry behind the stumps. Ingram&rsquos first wicket was a result of a well-judged return catch as the Maidenhead and Bray innings stuttered along.

With captain Butler introducing both himself and the returning Peter Jones into the attack, Maidenhead and Bray could not cope with the constant pressure and when Jones was removed from the attack, he had not conceded a run in his three overs. With leg-spinner Freddie Newbold taking the final wicket, Kidmore were confident of chasing down the 76 runs required.

Jones top scored with 66 with 52 of his runs coming off boundaries as he finished the game by hitting a ball off the Maidenhead and Bray skipper Ben Ward into the car park.

MAIDENHEAD AND BRAY 4ths



A Biddle, c Berry, b Ruegg

6

D Button, c & b Ingram

4

T Child, c & b Jones

10

B Ward, c Jones, b Ruegg

1

L Hughes, c Jones, b Butler

1

R Wheeler, b Butler

1

A Le Clercq, b Jones

18

J Dukes, st Berry, b Ingram

2

B Zakrzewski, st Berry, b Jones

0

J Sharpling, b Newbold

13

K Goyal, not out

1

Extras

19





TOTAL

76

Best bowling: N Ruegg 2-12, T Butler 2-14, H Ingram 2-25.



KIDMORE END 3rds



P Jones, not out

66

S Payne, c Hughes, b Zakrzewski

2

E Harris, b Zakrzewski

0

A Berry, c Button, b Ward

0

F Newbold, not out

2

Extras

7





TOTAL (3 wkts)

77

Best bowling: B Zakrzewski 2-22.





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