Saturday, 12 June 2021

Jacobsen’s quick-fire knock not enough as league leaders slip up

KIDMORE END’S disappointing run of form in Division 2A continued at CHESHAM on Saturday in a

KIDMORE END’S disappointing run of form in Division 2A continued at CHESHAM on Saturday in a game that should have been won with relative ease.

James Frost won the toss and elected to bowl first. Frost’s opening partner James Rogers took the first wicket of what would prove to be an eventful day when he dismissed David Hughes-Daeth, courtesy of a regulation edge to Zac Leonard.

Frost then broke his own recent lean spell by bowling Edward Turner. The third-wicket partnership for Chesham then produced the highest partnership of the day and had reached 21 before Tom Bodeker caught Chris Hedges off the bowling of Frost.

When Abid Ul-Wahab was introduced into the attack he struck with his first ball having Peter Clifford adjudged lbw and with Chesham losing wickets on a regular basis to Frost Kidmore sensed an early victory as Chesham collapsed to 57-8 at the end of the 19th over.

With Frost removing himself from the attack, Chesham’s captain Chris Royals along with Jamie Anderson elected to attack sensing that as the wicket was still conducive to seam bowling, the next wicket would not be too long in coming. Anderson was adjudged lbw to Jeff Sheldon and with Abid Ul-Wahab removing the last man Ollie Anderson with the first ball of the 26th over, Kidmore End would have been confident of chasing 88 for victory.



KIDMORE END’S disappointing run of form in Division 2A continued at CHESHAM on Saturday in a game that should have been won with relative ease.

James Frost won the toss and elected to bowl first. Frost’s opening partner James Rogers took the first wicket of what would prove to be an eventful day when he dismissed David Hughes-Daeth, courtesy of a regulation edge to Zac Leonard.

Frost then broke his own recent lean spell by bowling Edward Turner. The third-wicket partnership for Chesham then produced the highest partnership of the day and had reached 21 before Tom Bodeker caught Chris Hedges off the bowling of Frost.

When Abid Ul-Wahab was introduced into the attack he struck with his first ball having Peter Clifford adjudged lbw and with Chesham losing wickets on a regular basis to Frost Kidmore sensed an early victory as Chesham collapsed to 57-8 at the end of the 19th over.

With Frost removing himself from the attack, Chesham’s captain Chris Royals along with Jamie Anderson elected to attack sensing that as the wicket was still conducive to seam bowling, the next wicket would not be too long in coming. Anderson was adjudged lbw to Jeff Sheldon and with Abid Ul-Wahab removing the last man Ollie Anderson with the first ball of the 26th over, Kidmore End would have been confident of chasing 88 for victory.



Unfortunately the Kidmore innings then repeated the earlier Chesham innings with wickets tumbling at regular intervals due to a combination of poor shot selection and the vice-like grip that Royals and Clifford had on the run rate.

The highest partnership of the Kidmore innings was 17 between Frost and Rogers for the eighth wicket which provided some hope. However, Rogers was caught by Matt Watson and the end was quick in coming as Kidmore were bowled out for just 61 runs.



CHESHAM 2nds



D Hughes-Daeth, c Leonard, b Rogers

3

E Turner, b Frost

0

C Hedges, c Bodeker, b Frost

7

P Clifford, lbw, b Ul-Wahab

17

M Hall, b Frost

3

M Watson, b Ul-Wahab

4

M Newsome, lbw, b Frost

1

C Royals, not out

19

A Watson, lbw, b Frost

0

J Anderson, lbw, b Sheldon

12

O Anderson, b Ul-Wahab

1

Extras

20





TOTAL

87

Best bowling: J Frost 5-36, A Ul-Wahab 3-17.



KIDMORE END



J Waldron, c M Watson, b Clifford

4

J Easton, lbw, b Clifford

7

J Sheldon, lbw, b Clifford

7

G Ashby, c M Watson, b Royals

4

Ul-Wahab, c A Watson, b Royals

4

T Bodeker, b Royals

1

Z Leonard, c Hedges, b Clifford

2

J Frost, not out

17

J Rogers, c M Watson, b A Watson

10

R Latter, c Hall, b A Watson

0

D Vasan, c Royals, b Watson

0

Extras

4





TOTAL

61

Best bowling: P Clifford 4-19, A Watson 3-9, C Royals 3-23.



HENLEY 2nds remain top of Division 2B despite losing their first match of the season against SLOUGH 2nds at the Brakspear Ground.

Under grey skies and with a spot of moisture gracing the square, bowling first was the order of the day, with Slough winning the toss and duly taking the field.

Harris and Oldershaw started strongly, adding 30 for the first wicket before the former was pouched at second slip off the bowling of Syed for 14. That started a purple patch for the visitors, with Rafiq (3-57) taking the scalps of Allaway and Brock cheaply, before Syed removed Oldershaw (35) to leave Henley 55-4.

It was left to Legg (35) and Ellison (27) to rebuild the innings, with both playing with patience to nudge Henley beyond 120, before Legg holed out to long-off off the bowling of Akhtar (4-32), who then proceeded to remove Homewood, Johnson and Ellison with an good spell of disciplined off-spin.

Cameron Jacobsen, concealed down the order at number nine, batted with freedom as he proceeded to hit 77 not out off 54 balls to add life to the Henley innings, combining belligerent straight hitting with hard running between the wickets.

Henley managed to creep past 200, and 10 batting points, finishing on 217-9 off their maximum allocation of overs.

In reply Dunstan removed Jamshad and Shrikirishna early on, but Henley were left frustrated as Ahmed (32), Khan (88) and Akhtar (35) looked to take the game away from the hosts.

Wickets did fall at semi-regular intervals, with Nick Johnson (2-33), Euan Brock (1-49) and Jacobsen (3-47) striking towards the end of the innings, but in the end Slough had done enough to secure a two-wicket victory when Syed aimed a couple of lusty blows over mid-on to wrap up proceedings.

Elsewhere in the division WARGRAVE went down to a 21-run defeat at home to ROYAL ASCOT.

Batting first the visitors put on 162-8 with Huw Thomas taking 4-25. In reply Wargrave were bowled out for 141 with Matt Townson top scoring with 39.

HENLEY 3rds remain at the bottom of Division 4B after losing out by two wickets at FARNHAM ROYAL.

Batting first Henley 3rds were dismissed for 156 with Nathan Hopkins top scoring with 34. In reply Farnham Royal put on 157-8 to win the match with Alex Gill taking 4-14 and Hugo Laing finishing with figures of 3-41.

WARGRAVE 2nds remain top of Division 6B after beating ROYAL ASCOT 3rds by six wickets.

Batting first Royal Ascot were bowled out for 63 in just 29.1 overs with Scott Morton taking 4-14 and Sunil Kumar 3-11. In reply Wargrave eased to 65-4 off just 16.1 overs to win the match.

KIDMORE END 2nds lost out by three wickets to FINCHAMPSTEAD 4ths at Gallowstree Common in their Division 7A clash. With conditions favouring the bowlers Kidmore, having lost the toss, were asked to bat first. The Finchampstead opening bowlers struggled to find a length which challenged the Kidmore openers Mark New and Alex Crawford and they added 34 for the first wicket until Crawford was dismissed by Tinsley. New was next out with the score on 42, adjudged lbw to Tinsley.

Luke Sinclair and Will Patey set about rebuilding the Kidmore innings as both demonstrated some fine shots all round the wickets with their driving being a particular highlight and they had added 71 for the third wicket until Sinclair misjudged the length of a delivery from Steve West and was out lbw for 56.

Mike Dixon joined Patey and their promising partnership was cut short with Patey’s dismissal for a well made 41 once again falling to West. West proceeded to work his way through the Kidmore lower order with his seamers as Kidmore failed to capitalise on the initial good work of the top order and crucially were bowled out with nine overs remaining off their allocation, finishing up on 176 all out.

In reply Kidmore got an early breakthrough as Finchampstead opener Wroot was caught at cover by Callum Driscoll off the bowling of Azhar Udeen.

Kidmore’s opening bowlers Udeen and Alex Crawford applied pressure and asked constant questions of the Finchampstead batsmen, skipper Gareth Biggs and Chris Ward who eked out 54 for the second wicket in 17 overs until Ward was caught by wicketkeeper Ryan Corbett off the bowling of Crawford.

Kidmore enjoyed their best period as the Finchampstead score moved from 60-2 to 78-5 as Ben Berryman’s introduction into the attack along with the sustained pressure from Crawford forced the visiting batsmen into playing shots which gifted Kidmore three wickets.

With the game in the balance Ben Fisher and Steve West weathered the storm and added a match winning 95 runs for the sixth wicket until Fisher was out for 56 caught at slip by Mark New off Crawford with the score on 173.

West followed off the next over caught by Luke Sinclair off Ben Berryman. Joe Loveday hit a four to see Finchampstead run out winners in the 46th over.

KIDMORE END 2nds



M New, lbw, b Tinsley

17

A Crawford, b Tinsley

15

L Sinclair, lbw, b S West

56

W Patey, b S West

41

M Dixon, c Tinsley, b S West

23

C Driscoll, b S West

0

J Colman, c & b Canty

7

B Berryman, b S West

1

R Corbett, b S West

0

A Udeen, lbw, b M West

7

J Webster, not out

0

Extras

9





TOTAL

176





FINCHAMPSTEAD 4ths



C Wroot, c Driscoll, b Udeen

1

C Ward, c Corbett, b Crawford

44

G Biggs, c Udeen, b Crawford

15

B Fisher, c New, b Crawford

56

K Canty, c Udeen, b Berryman

2

A Hull, c Udeen, b Berryman

2

S West, c Sinclair, b Berryman

38

T Tinsley, not out

0

J Loveday, not out

4

Extras

15





TOTAL (7 wkts)

177



Elsewhere in the division an impressive bowling performance by Chris Johnson helped HENLEY 4ths climb off the foot of the table as his side defeated THEALE AND TILEHURST 3rds by 78 runs at Nettlebed.

Batting first Henley declared after 45 oves with the score on 227-5 with Sean Taylow top scoring with 71 not out and Monthy Bradbury chipping in with 58 and Richard Bradbury 45. In reply Theale and Tilehurst were dismissed for 149 with Johnson returning figures of 5-8.

In Division 9A WARGRAVE 3rds ran out 57-run winners in a low-scoring clash with COVE 5ths.

Batting first Wargrave appeared in trouble as they were bowled out for just 95 runs with Stephen Jeffrey top scoring with 25. However, in reply Cove found runs hard to come by as they were dismissed for just 38.

Elsewhere in the division KIDMORE END 3rds drew at WOKINGHAM 5ths. The hosts, batting first, put on 190-7 with Harry Ingram returning the best bowling figures for Kidmore End of 3-21. In reply Kidmore End finished their innings on 119-9 with Greg Clark top scoring with 40.



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