WOODCOTE skipper Jonny Aldridge hit a century on his home ground on Sunday as the hosts
WOODCOTE skipper Jonny Aldridge hit a century on his home ground on Sunday as the hosts achieved, what had looked at one stage, an unlikely victory by 152 runs against HURLEY.
Batting first, Woodcote were reduced to 37-5 by opening bowlers Taylor and Brown. Aldridge and Mark Robertson then put on 138 for the sixth wicket to rescue the innings.
Aldridge hit 17 fours while Robertson’s half century included seven fours and two sixes. Mike Stroker added useful runs enabling Woodcote to declare with five overs to spare.
The Hurley run chase was almost over before it began with the top three back in the hutch with only four runs on the board.
Williams was the first to go, sent back by his partner attempting an optimistic single off the fourth delivery and being run out by a distance. Wright followed in the next over, bowled off his pads by Mattimore and Yasir Gul could only manage a single before Mattimore trapped him leg before wicket.
A brief recovery by Taylor and Brown was cut short when Brown played on to Mattimore at 19-4. With the pitch becoming more unpredictable and persistent drizzle falling, batting became more difficult.
Taylor and Mike Walton showed some resistance with a partnership of 52 for the fifth wicket but the game was already over as a contest when Walton was bowled by a shooter from Robertson.
Taylor eventually fell to Pierson for 53 and Jono Patrick showed some good form on his debut to make an unbeaten 19. Eleven-year-old number 11 Hassan Gul got the biggest cheer of the day when he played a reverse sweep for a boundary off Zaffa who wrapped up the victory in the 34th over by bowling the youngster.