Brock’s six-wicket haul helps side see off Ascot challenge
KIDMORE END secured their first Division 2A victory of the season last Saturday as they won by
KIDMORE END secured their first Division 2A victory of the season last Saturday as they won by 10 wickets away at CHENIES AND LATIMER.
Following on from a delayed start as a result of the overnight rain getting under the covers, the toss was a crucial one to win which Kidmore skipper James Frost chose to put the hosts into bat on a damp wicket and with a heavy outfield.
With Frost and Jeff Sheldon opening the bowling, run-scoring proved to be difficult. Sheldon showed good agility to take the first wicket courtesy of Louis Prideaux chipping a diving return catch to him.
With the scoring rate being negligible and with Chenies seemingly content to not make any attempt to increase the run-rate, Frost and Sheldon maintained the pressure and with none of the home batsmen appearing willing to take any chances.
Chenies lost wickets at regular intervals thereafter with the only home batsman that showed any technique to survive for any length of time being opener Scott Norwood who was the last man out as a result of a running catch in the deep by Tom Bodeker which gave Sheldon figures of 5-33 from 19.3 overs with 11 of these being maidens. Frost finished with figures of 4-29 off 15 overs.
In reply Abid Ul-Wahab, having been dropped on two, produced a clinical display of hitting as he peppered the boundaries and ended up on 62 not out off 28 balls with his innings containing six fours and four sixes leading to victory for the visitors.
CHENIES AND LATIMER
S Norwood, c Bodeker, b Sheldon
L Prideaux, c & b Sheldon
V Mayadunne, b Frost
M Rahman, c Bodeker, b Frost
A Chapman, c Berry, b Frost
C Cusack, c Berry, b Frost
M Ateeq, c Ashby, b Sheldon
G Campbell, lbw, b Sheldon
A Wilde, lbw, b Ul-Wahab
R Bowen, c Frost, b Sheldon
R Parker, not out
Best bowling: J Sheldon 5-33, J Frost 4-29.
T Burslem, not out
A Ul-Wahab, not out
TOTAL (0 wkts)
HENLEY 2nds remain top of Division 2B following their four wicket victory against ROYAL ASCOT at the Brakspear Ground.
Henley skipper Simon Wheeler won the toss and elected to field, and was immediately vindicated with Zac Jones striking in his first over when Kendall chipped to Allaway at cover.
Thereafter Wensley and Sweetman added 75 but with the introduction of spin came the turning point. Euan Brock exacted a false stroke from Wensley, with Allaway pouching a straightforward catch at cover, before Sweetman was bowled around his legs attempting to sweep.
Jacobsen came on at the other end and soon accounted for Payne, caught at slip, before Brock struck thrice more to rip the heart out of Ascot’s middle order. Jacobsen’s flight accounted for Wiggett and Clarke, and Brock had May caught by Wheeler at slip first ball to see the visitors bowled out for 110 and Brock returning figures of 6-11 from his 12 overs.
In reply Andy Harris lobbed a pull shot to square leg in the first over. Oldershaw and Allaway combined to bring to the score to 35, before the former was bowled by Brown who bowled Brock down the leg side first ball. A minor setback soon became a major wobble as Ellison was caught in the gully and Gurung dragged on, leaving Henley reeling at 45-5. Jacobsen added a couple of lusty blows before looping up a simple catch off the bowling of Murray and Allaway was starting to run out of partners.
The introduction of the first-change bowlers and some risk-free batting by Allaway (48 not out) and Homewood (18 not out) allowed Henley to gradually whittle down the runs required, before Allaway unfurled a succession of cover drives to seal victory in style.
Elsewhere in the division WARGRAVE defeated visitors BURNHAM 2nds by 36 runs.
Batting first the hosts were bowled out for 172 with Arslan Yaseen hitting 93 runs while Alex Woods chipped in with 30. In reply Neal Robinson was in fine form with the ball taking 6-23 as Burnham were bowled out for 136.
HENLEY 3rds remain bottom of Division 4B after they lost out by 71 runs at COOKHAM DEAN 2nds.
The hosts, batting first, put on 246-9 declared from 51 overs with Alex Johnson and Andy Chappell both taking three wickets each for Henley. In reply Sam Ranger top scored with 43 as Henley were bowled out for 175.
WARGRAVE 2nds maintained their winning start to their Division 6B season as they ran out 101 run winners at ALDERSHOT 3rds.
Jonathon Colbourne top scored with 44 while Scott Morton hit 42 not out as Wargrave were bowled out for 163.
However, Aldershot found runs hard to come by and with Scott Morton impressing with 5-24 and Razwan Hanif finishing with an impressive 4-8, the hosts were bowled out for just 62.
HENLEY 4ths’ draw against YATELEY 3rds at Nettlebed was not enough to lift them off the foot of the Division 7A table.
Yateley, batting first, put on 22-6 with Henley replying with 199-5 with Sean Taylor top scoring on 53 not out.
Elsewhere in the division KIDMORE END 3rds crashed to a six wicket defeat at MAIDENHEAD AND BRAY 3rds. Will Patey top scored with 29 for the visitors as Kidmore End were bowled out for 151. In reply Maidenhead and Bray eased to 152-4 to triumph in 31.5 overs.
In Division 9A, both KIDMORE END 3rds and WARGRAVE 3rds were unable to raise a side for their fixtures against COVE 5ths and THATCHAM TOWN 4ths respectively.