PEPPARD STOKE ROW’S unbeaten start to the Premier Division campaign came to a crushing halt as
PEPPARD STOKE ROW’S unbeaten start to the Premier Division campaign came to a crushing halt as WEST READING cruised to an eight-wicket win in their top-of-the-table clash.
The hosts chose to bat first and lost three early wickets, Wynand Lamprecht, Andy Watts and Paddy Hennessy all falling to spectacular catches.
From 30-3, Fergus Nutt and Dan Hayden rebuilt with a partnership of 67, the former eventually cleaned up by an Hafeez Ul-Wahab yorker.
Charles Lamprecht continued to help the hosts recover until he feathered a Rahim Khan ball behind, but by this point the innings was all about Hayden who ended on 103 not out. With Richard Ashton adding 38 Peppard Stoke Row looked to have set a competitive 229-6.
West Reading made a fast start with Ul-Wahab blasting a rapid 48 until he was caught behind off the excellent Matt Hopper. Taskeen Ahmed fell shortly after â€“ caught by David Williams after running 25 yards â€“ and with Wests 104-2, Peppard Stoke Row looked as though they had a chance.
Alas, Adam Davidson once again showed all his powers of concentration in making an outstanding 89 not out, and with Zafar Ali also unbeaten on 70, the visitors sealed the win with five overs to spare.
PEPPARD STOKE ROW
W Lamprecht, c Kamal, b U Tariq
F Nutt, b Ul-Wahab
A Watts, c Iqbal, b U Tariq
P Hennessy, c Kamal, b S Tariq
D Hayden, not out
C Lamprecht, c Harees, b Khan
R Ashton, c S Tariq, b U Tariq
M Hopper, not out
TOTAL (6 wkts)
A Davidson, not out
H Ul-Wahab, c Chard, b Hopper
T Ahmed, c Williams, b Hopper
Z Ali, not out
TOTAL (2 wkts)
WOODCOTE won their second consecutive match as they secured a last-over win in a high-scoring match at WOODLEY.
Woodcote skipper Ryan Van Heerden won the toss and elected to field. Woodley posted a more than useful total of 241, the last wicket falling with three balls to go in the last over.
Woodcote’s innings was given a good start with Ryan Lennard and JP Brouard putting on 89 for the first wicket. Lennard went on to top-score with 87 before Micky Molloy got his first half-century for the club.
Woodley looked to have a chance to get the winning draw but Woodcote edged over the winning line for a five-wicket win to move up to fourth place.
F Ahmed, c Molloy, b Knox
M Shaukat, b Knox
J Goddard, c Molloy, b Knox
A Riaz, st Lennard, b Ahmed
K Ali, c Rafaqat, b Ahmed
S Bashir, run out
U Asif, c Molloy, b JP Brouard
Z Raja, c Stroker, b JP Brouard
N Asghar, c Stroker, b JP Brouard
A Razaq, c Stroker, b JP Brouard
A Khaliq, not out
R Lennard, c Riaz, b Ahmed
JP Brouard, c Asif, b Khaliq
M Molloy, run out
P Knox, b Ali
J Mayo, c Goddard, b Asghar
M Stroker, not out
J Clark, not out
TOTAL (5 wkts)
CHECKENDON’S Manpreet Singh put the visiting SULHAMSTEAD AND UFTON 2nds bowlers to the sword in their Division 1 clash with an innings of 157 made in just under 39 overs including two sixes and 23 fours.
John Acland-Hood weighed in with 89 as the openers put on 238 out of a total of 288-3. The visitors resisted stubbornly when their turn came to bat in good conditions with left hander C Mercer hitting 61.
However, the variety of the Checkendon attack proved too much as five of seven bowlers used took wickets. There were only two balls remaining when sharp fielding brought about the run out which gave victory to the home side by a margin of 114 runs.
J Acland-Hood, c —, b Prakash
M Singh, b Prakash
J Warren, lbw, b Ramasamy
V Chib, not out
L Gray, not out
TOTAL (3 wkts)
SULHAMSTEAD AND UFTON 2nds
J Doole, c Singh, b Deshmane
M Rosier, c Gray, b Deshmane
K Prakash, c Hegde, b Singh
C Mercer, c Heslop, b Chib
M Godfrey, b Hegde
D Gill, c Singh, b Hegde
R Ramasamy, lbw, b Warren
B Swain, c Deshmane, b Warren
A Rosier, run out
G Smith, c Breakspear, b Chib
M Lattimore, not out
Best bowling: Warren 2-3.
Elsewhere in the division GORING lost out to BERKS COUNTY SPORTS. Batting first Goring were bowled out for 171 with Stephen Cincott top scoring with 66. In reply Berks CS eased to 172-5.
In Division 2 PEPPARD STOKE ROW 2nds ran out six-wicket winners at EARLEY. The hosts won the toss and decided to bat, a decision shortly to backfire with the their captain Shacklady pinned in his crease for three from the bowling of Sam Fooks.
As the overs rolled by captain Riaan Ackerman saw three good chances of taking a wicket being missed in one over but his tenacity was rewarded with two wickets, a sharp catch from Nicholson at cover and having Owen Bye caught by the reliable Fooks, after a long vigil of 39 balls for six runs, thereby ending the opener’s pain.
Having scored at less than two an over for half the match, Earley were then met by Ian Jackson who took two wickets, both one handed catches by Matt Ravden and Olly Nicholson. Jackson completed 9.2 overs having decimated the Earley middle order and finished with figures of 5-7.
With Nicholson picking up the wicket of Peel by knocking middle and off stump out of the ground and Jackson claiming his fifth wicket, Earley eventually finished all out for 81.
With rain forecast, Riaan rearranged the batting, a decision which didn’t pay off with Hvass being bowled first ball by Prasad Gore and shortly followed by the inform Hern and Leach falling cheaply to Shacklady.
Matt Ravden was sent in to steady the innings but a flailing bat at a full toss from Shacklady resulted in a soft catch and Peppard Stoke Row were reeling at 28-4.
The visitors rallied with a carefully crafted innings from Walker, keeping Gozzard away from the bowling of Gore, whilst allowing some aggressive hitting to hit his maiden league 50 this season. Peppard Stoke Row finally won the match on 82-4 from 26 overs to secure maximum points.