Thames Valley Cricket League Round-Up
July 28, 2010
Wokingham were on the wrong side of a draw with high-flying Kew.
In their 52 overs, Kew recorded a score of 238-4, giving Wokingham a realistically reachable target.
And in the end they finished just 13 runs short of victory as skipper Rukshan Soza (62) and Rakesh Patel (50) saw Wokingham finish on 226-8 at stumps.
Finchampstead 2nd had to settle for a draw after posting a mammoth total against North Maidenhead in Division 2A.
Finches were 304-3 in 46 overs thanks to an unbroken 230-run partnership between skipper Tom Ansell 122no and Dom Pike 100no.
North Maidenhead played for the draw and were 202-8 at stumps.
Spinners Tom Potter (3-59) and Matt Harper (2-27) led the bowlers for Finches who move into third slot.
Royal Ascot are off the foot of the table, despite losing to top team Fleet.
Ascot set a strong total of 260-6 with Nick Sweetman (67) and Gareth Baker (61) top scoring for them.
However, Fleet showed just why they top the table, as they methodically stacked up the runs to reach their total with less than two overs and five wickets to spare.
Eversley dropped to fourth as they gained only eight points against an impressive Marlow side.
Chasing a target of 246-9, Eversley attempted to hold out for the draw, but were skittled out for 176.
Fine innings from Keith Whitmore (78) and Tim Atkins (64) helped Sonning rack up 14 points in Division 2B, but in the end opponents Henley 2nd proved too strong.
Chasing a target of 225-8, Henley made it home with two wickets to spare after 47.4 overs.
Wokingham 2nd recorded a much-needed win after losing the toss and being put into bat against Farnham Common.
David Piggot enjoyed a good knock of 66 and skipper Gareth Duncan also scored well, making 59 as Wokingham made 203-9.
Martin Wilson tore through the Farnham batting line-up as the opponents went in search of the runs, taking 6-44 as Farnham were all out for just 92, leaving Wokingham comfortable winners.
Eversley 2nd are now level on points with second placed Hurst after convincingly beating Henley 3rds.
Having set a target of 235-9, Eversley trounced Henley, with Andrew Hogston taking 5-42 as their Oxfordshire opponents were all out for 92.
Hurst also enjoyed a decent afternoon as they took 14 points from their match against Marlow Park.
Centuries from captain James Lack (113) and Lewis Smith (105no) put Hurst in a commanding position on 287-6.
However, a tenacious Marlow Park side refused to roll over, and held on at 236-8 at stumps for the draw.
At Cove 3rd, the hosts were bowled out for 129 thanks to the deadly work of Finchampstead 3rd spinners Adam Dewes (4-21) and Robin Brown (4-46), while Dan Foster also took a couple of wickets.
Finches eased home for the win at 132-3 led by a fine 58no from Phil West.
Bracknell went to the top of the table as they beat Kidmore End 2nd.
Hafiz Khalid Mahmood was again in top form and continued to impress as he hit a century, while Ian Caffell scored 66 as Bracknell finished on 249-2, chasing Kidmore End’s 247-7.
Sonning 2nd just about held on to earn a losing draw against Slough 3rd.
Slough hit 248-6 and in reply, Sonning reached 229-9 at stumps, with James Moore unbeaten on 95.
Royal Ascot 2nd dropped to sixth in Division 6A after losing to Fleet 2nd.
After posting 166-8, Ascot were defeated inside 35 overs as Fleet finished on 170-3.
Wokingham 3rd were beaten by a strong Stoke Green 2nd side.
Chasing a target of 187, Wokingham could only manage 87 runs and will need to improve if they are to make any progress this season.
Hurst 2nd lost to Windsor 3rd as they continue to languish in the middle of the table.
Hurst were all out for 120 as they opened the batting, but Windsor came home in 35.3 overs for the loss of just four wickets.
There was a sound victory for Finchampstead 4th in their derby encounter with Eversley 3rd.
Eversley were all out for 115 thanks mainly to Dylan Augustus (3-23) and Ian Rose (3-22).
Finchampstead cruised home at 118-1 with Matt Lay 72no and skipper Bob Osler dismissed just before the end for 38.
Divisions 8 and 9
Royal Ascot 3rd were well and truly beaten by Cove Academy in Division 8A.
Having bowled Ascot out for 105, Cove raced home in 30.3 overs with the loss of just two wickets.
Bracknell 2nd were unable to field a side against Cove 5th giving the home side an easy 20 points in Division 9A.
Meanwhile, Eversley 4th kept up the pressure on the top two teams with a winning draw against Royal Ascot 4th. Skipper Andrew Martin put Eversley in a fine position with a knock of 97, while Colin Webb also scored well with an unbeaten 76.
Ascot, though, frustrated their opponents and made 161-8 at stumps.
Wokingham Oaks and Acorns fell to a defeat as they were dispatched by Theale & Tilehurst 3rd.
After making 113, Wokingham couldn’t contain Theale, who went on to reach their target in 23.1 overs with two wickets down.