PEPPARD STOKE ROW KITES fell victim to some good running between the wickets as FLEET STREET STROLLERS
PEPPARD STOKE ROW KITES fell victim to some good running between the wickets as FLEET STREET STROLLERS inflicted a seven-wicket defeat on the hosts on Sunday.
The Kites made a rapid start as Will Legg dispatched two short balls over the square leg boundary, only to find himself castled by a Yorker shortly afterwards.
Fergus Nutt was joined by U15 Ray Prince and the pair batted steadily until the former fell for a well-crafted 46. Prince’s school colleague Josh Perkins appeared in good touch but when both fell in rapid order the hosts were wobbling on 96-4.
Kites captain Richard Ashton and Gary Legg rebuilt the innings, but both fell â€“ alongside David Williams â€“ to the off spin of Alastair Macaulay, and despite a personal best of 18 not out from Ruaridh Scott, the Kites looked short of runs on 205-8 from their 40 overs.
Williams displayed good pace in an opening spell which deserved more than it garnered while U15 Josh Smith was unfortunate to have a slip catch put down by a diving Will Legg.
Mick Chard senior was the man to make the breakthrough, dismissing Strollers captain Piers Ovenden, and when Nutt and Ashton combined to run out Mike Candish â€“ the latter taking the ball five yards from the stumps from a wayward throw and diving through them â€“ and Perkins bowled Roy Wood, the visitors were on 73-3.
England indoor international player Glen Oliver was joined by New Zealander Aidan Selby and the pair produced a masterclass in chasing down a total. Manipulating the field well they took no risks in an unbroken stand of 133 to seal victory despite brave spells of decent pace from Will Legg and the returning Williams.