Thursday, 17 June 2021

Whittaker’s century not enough for Harpsden

CHRISTIAN Whittaker hit a century as HARPSDEN were held to a draw at TAPLOW on Sunday.

CHRISTIAN Whittaker hit a century as HARPSDEN were held to a draw at TAPLOW on Sunday.

Visiting skipper Johnny Wright won the toss and decided to open the batting with the father and son combo of Nigel and Will Ward.

It was to prove to be appropriate on Father’s Day that it should be dad Nigel who got a well worked 50 against a good Taplow bowling attack. He found a good partner in Whittaker who hit another chanceless ton before retiring. Between the two of them they provided the platform for the middle order to hit some lusty blows to enable a declaration that would leave Taplow plenty of time to get the runs.

Harpsden opening bowlers Arthur Langeler and Alex Bradley bowled well but the only early wicket was a run out by Langeler.

With Taplow at 127-1 and 18 overs to go the hosts looked to be in pole position but a run out by Whittaker was followed by a couple of wickets by Wright and suddenly Harpsden were back in the game.



A good second spell from Alex Bradley kept the pressure on Taplow and pushed up the asking rate to just over seven an over. Eventually the equation came down to four required off the final ball but in the gathering gloom the game ended in a draw.

HARPSDEN



W Ward, c & b Court

10

N Ward, lbw, b F Khan

58

C Whittaker, retired

102

J Bradley, b F Khan

0

J Wright, b Z Khan

13

E Andrews, b Z Khan

10

O Brown, not out

14

A Bradley, not out

8

Extras

23





TOTAL (5 wkts)

238





TAPLOW



I Pulsford, run out

2

B Dalglish, b Wright

78

D Barton, run out

53

C Stay, b Bradley

24

A Mills, b Wright

0

B Howard, not out

37

M Newman, b Bradley

8

R Court, b Bradley

9

A Dade, not out

2

Extras

22





TOTAL (7 wkts)

235

Best bowling: A Bradley 3-52.





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