Woodcote collapse gives visitors first win of season
WOODCOTE appeared to have bowled themselves into a winning position against last season’s Premier Division champions
WOODCOTE appeared to have bowled themselves into a winning position against last season’s Premier Division champions SULHAMSTEAD AND UFTON on Saturday.
The visitors came to Woodcote without a single win under their belt this season and were bowled out quite cheaply in just over 42 overs. Slow bowler, James Worsfold took 4-20 and JP Brouard took 4-29, his third four-wicket haul in succession as the visitors were dismissed for 142.
In reply Woodcote were soon in trouble, losing four wickets in reaching double figures to opening bowlers, Doug Macdonald and Matt Gill.
Macdonald returned figures of six wickets for five runs in seven overs as Woodcote were dismissed in 21 overs to lose a low-scoring game by 86 runs.
SULHAMSTEAD AND UFTON
R Brown, c Knox, b Brouard
T Benham, lbw, b Knox
M Hafeez, c Worsfold, b Van Heerden
S Aruna, lbw, b Worsfold
M Thompson, lbw, b Brouard
C Mercer, c Knox, b Worsfold
M Rosier, not out
M Gill, b Brouard
D Macdonald, b Worsfold
C Palmer, c Knox, b Worsfold
M Burrows, lbw, b Brouard
J Mayo, c Rosier, b Macdonald
JP Brouard, lbw, b Gill
J Clark, b Macdonald
W Macdonald, c Hafeez, b Macdonald
P Knox, c Rosier, b Palmer
M Stroker, c Brown, b Macdonald
S Gordon, lbw, b Palmer
R Van Heerden, b Thompson
Z Ahmed, b Macdonald
J Worsfold, b Macdonald
R Rafaqat, not out
Elsewhere in the division PEPPARD STOKE ROW’S fixture away at RUISLIP VICTORIA was cancelled due to leaking covers at RAF Vine Lane, Uxbridge, left the pitch waterlogged.
It was a bad day at HAWLEY for CHECKENDON in Division 1 saw them dismissed for 82.
In difficult batting conditions opening bowler Heighes took 6-43 whilst Checkendon skipper Vikas Chib top scored with 26.
The home side needed 26 overs to reach this target for the loss of three wickets in a contest which fell below expectations in all aspects.
M Singh, c —, b Heighes
M Heslop, b Sinclair
A Talreja, b Heighes
V Chib, c —, b Heighes
L Gray, b Heighes
S Hegde, c —, b Heighes
R Vedanthappa, c Heighes, b Sinclair
S Poodipeddi, b Heighes
S Arrowsmith, b Panigrahi
H Wickens, b McGregor
A Breakspear, not out
Best bowling: Heighes 6-43.
Delaney, b Poodipeddi
Hartley, c Heslop, b Singh
Sinclair, not out
Mortibuys, c Poodipeddi, b Singh
Freakes, not out
TOTAL (3 wkts)
Elsewhere in the division GORING went down to a 75 run defeat at SANDHURST. Batting first the hosts put on 150-9 with Peter Slade taking 4-27. In reply the visitors were bowled out for 75.
In Division 2 PEPPARD STOKE ROW 2nds slipped to defeat at home to WALTHAM ST LAWRENCE.
The hosts started brightly with Don Townsin square-cutting the second ball of the match for four but departed soon after when cleaned up by an in-ducker from Andy Maliff.
Dom Hall looked in good touch before slashing a catch to point. Simon Gozzard showed his fine array of shots to score at just under a run a ball and shared a 93-run partnership with Richard Walker as the pair pushed the score on to 172-3 by the 34th over. Gozzard was eventually caught and bowled by Javed for 38.
Walker, who had completed his 50 off 86 balls, then elected to rotate the strike to help enable the hard-hitting Olly Nicholson to bring up a rapid 50 off only 26 balls, including three consecutive sixes off the spin of Siva Kumar. The spinner eventually gained some revenge by taking Walker’s wicket for 67 off 103 balls.
Peppard Stoke Row skipper Riaan Ackerman was next in and with some good running helped the hosts post 261-4 at tea off 45 overs, with Nicholson remaining unbeaten on 58 not out.
The home side’s opening bowlers, Dyer and Proudfoot, both took an early wicket but struggled to contain the batsmen in testing conditions for the bowlers as the scoring rate soared to seven an over.
Peppard managed to exert pressure in some short bursts but not for a prolonged period. This lack of genuine pressure was epitomised by several dropped catches.
The spin of Olly Nicholson was then introduced to change the pace of the Â attack and the approach stifled the scoring as he bowled a nine over spell for 30, with Gerry Bacon taking a stumping in his first over to remove Ankush Gandhi for 88.
The middle-order pair of Sree Venkata and Andy Maliff regrouped for a few overs before attacking the returning seamers once again — their partnership of 144 proved to be a match-winning one as Waltham St Lawrence secured victory with three overs to spare.