Birkett’s eight-wicket haul keeps villagers on top
HARPSDEN remain unbeaten and top of Division 2 after easing to victory at CHALFONT ST GILES
HARPSDEN remain unbeaten and top of Division 2 after easing to victory at CHALFONT ST GILES on Saturday.
Rain earlier in the week had left the wicket sodden and the start was delayed for 30 minutes in an attempt to let it dry further, but when the visitors won the toss there was no hesitation in inviting the host to bat first. This proved to be a good toss to win as opening bowlers Wright and Tom Hancock impressed with Hancock picking up three wickets including the key scalp of the Chalfont skipper Lancaster.
With Chalfont having crawled to 19-3 from 13 overs, Plested took the attack to the Harpsden change bowlers and bludgeoned his way to 51. His stay was cut short by a mix-up with his partner and he was run out having been sent back. This gave Harpsden an opening and the return of Wright and Hancock soon saw wickets tumble once more. Wright picked up two wickets and Hancock returned figures of 5-17 from 11.3 overs.
After tea the Chalfont bowlers were not able to exhibit the same control shown by the visitors as Imlay and Cary took advantage. Imlay raced to a half century before falling caught in the outfield.
As the rain started to fall Chalfont saw the opportunity to escape with a draw if they could stem the flow of runs but it was not to be as Bryan struck his first two balls for boundaries. Bryan and Cary finished the run chase off in double quick time as Harpsden took just 14 overs to reach their target.
CHALFONT ST GILES
R Patel, c Wright, b Hancock
S Lancaster, b Hancock
P Plested, c Whitmore, b Hancock
J Plested, run out
G Holgate, c Imlay, b Brown
T Payne, c Brown
M Pembroke, b Hancock
S Kapadia, c Whitmore, b Wright
F Turner, c Imlay, b Hancock
D Owen, c Bryan, b Wright
C Ayres, not out
H Cary, not out
S Imlay, c Lancaster, b Ayres
A Bryan, not out
TOTAL (1 wkt)
HURLEY went down to a 96-run defeat at home to BINFIELD 2nds.
The hosts won the toss and decided to field and this brought rapid reward as both Binfield openers were sent back with 26 on the board and 11 overs gone.
However, this proved to be a false dawn and ominous clouds overhead reflected the fortunes of the home side as skipper Kamal Gupta and Matt Humphrey blitzed a third wicket stand of 142 in 19 overs, Gupta scything the ball with several falling between fielders.
George Lewis swapped gloves with Naeem Akhtar in a move that withdrew Hurley’s most talismanic bowler from the front line. His reward of three stumping off Steve Taylor was scant compensation.
Hurley discovered that spin yielded results as both Taylor and Kuldeep Nothey began to make the ball swing. Wickets fell regularly but Gupta’s innings had done the damage.
Shoab Riaz returned belatedly to clean up Jones and a run out brought the visitors’ innings to a close after 50 overs on 249.
In reply George Lewis survived a few scares and a clip for four but then an expansive drive wiped out his stumps and next over Arshad pulled straight down mid-wicket to leave the hosts on 9-2.
Wickets began to fall as Akhtar fell to a heave to mid-on and Hurley declined to 47-5. Varun Sharma and Steve Taylor put on a stand of 36 for the sixth wicket until Sharma was unlucky to be run out to a direct throw of 30 yards from mid-off.
Skipper Brown hit 41 and Nothey 21 as 56 were added for the ninth wicket. Jack Collett, who took five wickets, benefited the most from a track giving spin as Hurley were all out for 153 in 34 overs.
J Sculley, b Riaz
R Higginson, c Lewis, b Akhtar
K Gupta, c Brown, b Nothey
M Humphrey, st Akhtar, b Taylor
T Vines, st Akhtar, b Taylor
J Collett, st Akhtar, b Taylor
S Nowe, c Riaz, b Nothey
M York, run out
T Boad, c St Taylor, b Nothey
J Jones, b Riaz
G Chippendale, not out
Best bowling: K Nothey 3-52, St Taylor 3-59.
G Lewis, b Collett
I Arshad, c Sculley, b Boad
N Akhtar, c Humphrey, b Collett
S Riaz, c Chippendale, b Collett
V Sharma, run out
Sc Taylor, c Jones, b Boad
St Taylor, c Vines, b Collett
R Brown, lbw, b Jones
Y Gul, lbw, b Collett
K Nothey, c Vines, b Jones
M Basharat, not out
Best bowling: J Collett 5-77, N Jones 2-9, T Boad 2-41.
Rod Birkett took eight wickets as Division 4 top-of-the-table side HARPSDEN 2nds defeated visitors THE LEE 2nds to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
Harpsden, having been put into bat, were in early trouble at 15-2 with opening bowler Ben Harris taking both wickets with good pace and movement. Sasha Burgess and Ed Andrews steadied the ship with judicious batting but after they and James Brooks departed, Harpsden were struggling at 114-5, but with debutant Nick Wright at the crease, a good total still looked attainable.
Wright, finding support from Rod Birkett and Tom Imlay, eventually pushed the total up to 220-6, enabling a declaration after Wright had scored his century.
The early declaration gave Harpsden 48 overs to bowl at their opponents. The Lee started well against tight opening spells from Tom Ham and James Brooks and at 48-1 at the start of the 16th over it looked as though they might get away with a draw.
However, by the end of the 24th over the Lee were 63-9 after good catching from Harspden and a devastating bowling spell from Birkett caused the visitors to lose eight wickets in just nine overs.
Birkett’s 8-16, which included four wickets in four balls, was ably supported by good bowling at the other end by Tom Imlay who was unlucky to remain wicketless. Ian Whittaker took the final wicket to end the game.
M Greenwood, b Harris
J Bradley, c Grindrod, b Harris
S Burgess, b Hills
E Andrews, b M Line
N Wright, not out
J Brooks, c C Line, b M Line
R Birkett, b Walsh
T Imlay, not out
THE LEE 2nds
S Pain, c Brooks, b Birkett
M Line, b Brooks
B Harris, c Burgess, b Birkett
T Hills, c Brooks, b Birkett
J Maddison, c Brooks, b Birkett
R Walsh, not out
J Galvin, b Birkett
M Chavda, c Greenwood, b Birkett
J Grindrod, c Andrews, b Birkett
C Line, b Birkett
P Walsh, c Brooks, b Whittaker
Best bowling: R Birkett 8-16.
HURLEY 2nds triumphed in North West London as they defeated PINNER 2nds by 14 runs.
Mike Cole lost the toss and Hurley were asked to bat first on a pitch where days of heavy rain had left a soft wicket that gave the bowlers more than a little assistance.
The regular opening pair of Clive Williams and Abdullah Ali started cautiously against Page and Lawrence only reaching double figures in the sixth over.
Three consecutive maidens built the pressure on the batsmen and Ali fell going for a swing against Page and only succeeding in skying the ball to Sid Merchant at mid-wicket.
The next 10 overs saw the addition of 27 runs for the loss of Amir Ali. Mike Walton, promoted to number four, brought some solidity to the innings. Walton and Williams looked to preserve their wickets in difficult conditions with a view to accelerating later in the innings. The pair managed to add 51 runs in 17 overs before Williams fell to a catch by Maher off Thomas.
Maison Noel, who found a lot of sideways movement off the pitch, thought he had the wicket of Walton, lbw, but the batsman was reprieved by the Pinner captain having got an inside edge on to his pads.
Both batsmen rode their luck with chances going begging before Walton finally fell to a direct hit from Thomas having been sent back by Mike Cole when attempting a quick single, leaving Henry Graham and Cole to add an invaluable 33 runs from the last four overs as Hurley finished on 140-5.
After tea Pinner set about chasing down the 141 required for victory with Maher and Fells making steady progress against Nigel Haines and Dave Pollitt. Both batsmen gave chances but Joe Graham and Matthew Wadsworth failed to hang on to difficult catches.
After 16 overs the score had reached 54 when the introduction of Henry Graham turned the match. Graham’s first delivery reared off the pitch to catch Maher’s glove on the way through to the keeper and three balls later Fells lofted to mid wicket where Amir Ali took the catch.
Some innovative field placings by the Hurley skipper paid dividends with Henry Graham and Josh Cole taking catches to reduce the hosts to 76-4. The game was still finely balanced with less than three runs per over required for a Pinner victory but the regular loss of wickets kept Hurley in the hunt.
Tino Mahendran made a brisk 21 before Matthew Wadsworth had him caught behind. With 22 runs needed from 13 overs and three wickets in hand the game was still Pinner’s for the taking but Thomas went for the big shot and was caught at deep mid-wicket by Mike Cole off Amir Ali. Noel then went for a suicidal single and failed to beat Josh Cole’s throw to the keeper.
When last man Phil Page joined Foskett 15 were required from 12 overs but Foskett went for the big heave and suffered the same fate as Thomas, giving Hurley victory.