Clark’s 25 boundaries not enough as Kidmore crash to Boyne Hill
KIDMORE END drew with TRING PARK 2nds at Gallowstree Common on Saturday in their Division 2A
KIDMORE END drew with TRING PARK 2nds at Gallowstree Common on Saturday in their Division 2A clash.
Home captain James Frost won the toss and elected to bowl first. With Frost not conceding a run in his first three overs, this would prove to be a false dawn for Kidmore, as after the dismissal of Richard Yates by Frost, Shelvin Gumbs would provide real impetus into the Tring Park innings.
Gumbs hit his first ball for four and never looked back, as in partnership with his captain, Andy Dixon, he looked to lay the foundations for a big score. Their partnership had realised 130 before they were separated with Dixon being adjudged lbw to Abid Ul-Wahab for 62.
Gumbs and Haw put on 77 for the third wicket in 10 overs as the Kidmore End bowlers and fielders began to wilt. Gumbs was eventually dismissed for 129. With Haw being dismissed by Ul-Wahab in the next over, Tring Park declared on 273-5.
With 54 overs to reach their total Kidmore lost opener Joe Waldron early on. The brothers Sheldon then steadied the ship with Tom deciding on the positive approach, elder brother Jeff adopted his usual anchor role and was content to rotate the strike and allow Tom to dominate the Tring bowlers.
With Tom’s dismissal having scored 62 of 56 balls and having matched the scoring rate by Tring Park earlier in the day, Kidmore had hopes of an unlikely victory.
With Jeff joined by Guy Ashby, who proceeded to score his first 24 runs in boundaries, the run rate was kept at the required rate as Ashby decided that attack was the best way of breaking his recent lean spell with the bat. The third wicket partnership had put in exactly 50 before Sheldon spooned a simple catch to Dan Tidey off the bowling of Paul Orton.
With the loss of four wickets for 23 runs, the Kidmore End middle-order collapsed with captain Dixon rotating his bowlers in an attempt to force a victory. Ashby stood firm against all the Tring Park bowlers and with Frost joining him in putting on 52 for the seventh wicket, Kidmore End showed the necessary resolve to ensure that the draw was achieved.
TRING PARK 2nds
A Dixon, lbw, b Ul-Wahab
R Yates, lbw, b Frost
S Gumbs, b Ul-Wahab
A Haw, b Ul-Wahab
B Johnson, b Ul-Wahab
D Tidey, not out
TOTAL (5 wkts)
J Waldron, b Gumbs
T Sheldon, c Johnson, b Seagrave
J Sheldon, c Tidey, b Orton
G Ashby, not out
A Ul-Wahab, lbw, b Orton
T Bodeker, c Tidey, b Gurnett
B Oliver, b Johnson, b Gurnett
J Frost, b Tidey
J Rogers, not out
HENLEY 2nds moved 19 points clear at the top of Division 2B after winning by five wickets at HIGH WYCOMBE 2nds.
Batting first the hosts were bowled out for 222 with Euan Brock returning figures of 3-46 and Zac Jones 3-63. In reply Henley raced to 226-5 to secure victory with Brock top scoring with 88.
Elsewhere in the division WARGRAVE ran out winners by 61 runs at BEACONSFIELD. Batting first Wargrave declared on 276-3 with Imran Malik top scoring with 107 and Neal Robinson finishing on 63 not out. In reply Beaconsfield were bowled out for 215 with Jack Clark and Martin Smith taking four wickets each.
In Division 4B HENLEY 3rds drew with THATCHAM TOWN 2nds at Nettlebed. Batting first the visitors were bowled out for 256 with Chris Johnson returning figures of 4-66. In reply Henley never kept up with the required run rate as they finished on 204-8 with Alex Johnson top scoring with 76.
In Division 6B WARGRAVE 2nds remain top of the table despite their match with WOKINGHAM 3rds being cancelled.
KIDMORE END 2nds moved up the Division 7A table last weekend with a comprehensive six wicket victory at THEALE AND TILEHURST 3rds. Kidmore won the toss and skipper Chris Pigden had little hesitation in inviting the home side to bat first. Opening bowlers Andrew Thomson and Nathan Ruegg bowled well but were only able to capture one early wicket as Thomson broke through the defences of Matthew Hearn-Phillips to clean bowl him.
Micky Metha added 40 before he was well held by Rob Shaw at point off James Walker. Khadim Aslam provided the anchor for the Theale innings as he scored 46 in 40 overs to help his side to 206 from their 47 overs.
The Kidmore reply got off to a quick start as 10 runs were scored off the first eight balls of their innings as Pigden and Mark New took the attack to the home side’s opening bowlers. New perished for four which brought Ollie Johnston to the wicket and he and Pigden put together a match winning partnership as they added 155 runs for the second wicket showing a full range of shots all-round the ground and despatching the loose deliveries from the home side to the boundary with ease.
Pigden was first to be dismissed for 64 caught and bowled by home skipper Stuart Brown as he tried to hit a maximum before Brown also enticed Johnston to wander down the wicket and he was stumped. Rob Shaw supervised the end of the Kidmore run chase by hitting 30 not out and with support from Mike Dixon and Will Patey ensured that Kidmore ran out winners.
THEALE AND TILEHURST 3rds
M Mehta, c Shaw, b Walker
M Hearn-Phillips, b Thomson
K Aslam, c Patey, b Thomson
A Sharma, c New, b Thomson
T Kasozimusoke, c Dixon, b Berryman
S Brown, b Berryman
J Shields, not out
G Coker, not out
TOTAL (6 wkts)
C Pigden, c & b Brown
M New, c Sharma, b Coker
O Johnston, st Robey, b Brown
R Shaw, not out
M Dixon, c Robey, b Kasozimusoke
W Patey, not out
TOTAL (4 wkts)
Elsewhere in the division HENLEY 4ths refeited their match with MAIDENHEAD AND BRAY 3rds as they could not raise a side.
KIDMORE END 3rds suffered their third defeat of the season in Division 9A as they lost by seven wickets to BOYNE HILL 4ths. After winning the toss Kidmore End captain Todd Butler decided to bat first. Stephen Payne was dismissed to the first ball of the game and with Kidmore then losing another two wickets quickly as the score at the end of the fourth over stood at 15-3.
Greg Clark decided that attack was the best option as in partnership with Jack Darnbrough as he put on 57 in the next nine overs.
With Darnborough being dismissed by Jack Spencer-Jones, this brought Simon Berry to the crease and he provided the stability with Clark providing the fireworks at the other end. When Berry was dismissed after their partnership had put on 67 for the fifth wicket the Kidmore score stood at 137-5 with 21 overs left.
Clark received good support from John Pickford and Tom Wilkinson to allow Todd Butler the luxury of declaring three overs early. Clark’s innings contained 25 fours as he eventually ended up on 146 not out. With Boyne Hill openers Matthew Valentine and Bilal Butt happy to take full toll of the younger bowlers, there was never any real concerted pressure applied to the Boyne Hill batsmen, with Butt being the more aggressive. His innings came to an end when he attempted one too many big shots and with Arindam Ghosh making a chanceless 57, Boyne Hill achieved victory with just under seven overs to spare.