Berkshire Cricket League Round-Up
July 28, 2010
Crown Wood beat Woodley by 51 runs to record just their second win of the season.
Robert Crook (51) top scored in Crown Wood’s 157, while A Maxted (4-24) and Jawwad Raja (5-37) impressed with the ball.
Raja made 43 in reply, but he received little support as Crook’s superb spell of 4-3 reduced Woodley to 106.
Sandhurst moved up to second in the table, despite not bowling a ball, as Harlington forfeited their game.
Defending champions Grosvenor did Sandhurst a favour as they beat Woodcote by 49 runs.
Leaders Mortimer West End picked up their ninth win from 11 games after defeating Sulhamstead & Ufton by seven wickets.
Stoke Row picked up their first victory of the season after fine knocks from Jonny Bradshaw and Sam Broughton earned a three-wicket win over Peppard.
John Cox grabbed his second-hat-trick of the season as Farley Hill beat Pinkneys Green by 94 runs.
Farley Hill batted first, but failed to capitalise on some decent starts.
Duncan Scott made an unbeaten 43, while Pete Jameson (43) and Trevor Clacey (41) also helped Farley to 198-6. Atherton took 4-35.
Jay Dhillon hit 41no in reply, but it wasn’t enough as Clacey (4-38) and Cox’s (3-1) heroics shot Pinkneys Green out for 104.
Emmbrook & Bearwood had the better of a high-scoring draw with Ibis Mapledurham.
Steve Phipps (88) and Jason Davies (60) took the attack to Mapledurham’s bowlers as Emmbrook reached 244-6.
Dave Drury hit 67 and Browne made 64 in Mapledurham’s reply as they reached 236-8. James Gibbs took 4-61.
S Pittipatti took 6-62 as Checkendon beat Shinfield by 49 runs.
Checkendon reached 162 in their innings as Graham Eames took 3-50, but Pittipatti then took centre stage to dismiss Shinfield for 113.
The title race was blown wide open after leaders Mortimer lost and promotion rivals Crowthorne and South East Reading both picked up important victories.
Mortimer, who had a healthy lead at the top of the table at the start of play, slumped to a 72-run defeat to Sonning 3rd.
Batting first, Sonning struggled to reach 155, but that proved enough as Mortimer crashed to 83 all out.
A fine team effort saw Crowthorne beat Waltham St Lawrence by 102 runs in their on back yard.
Winning the toss, skipper Pete Northall elected to bat, but Crows slumped to 65-6 with the top order falling to some good bowling and sharp catching.
With Crows in deep trouble a fine partnership of 101 between Richard Barron (82) and Dan Partridge (35) saw Crows post a respectable total of 180 on a slightly two-paced pitch.
Waltham got off to a good start in their run chase, with skipper Paul Gearing leading the way with an early flurry of boundaries until Andy Taylor made good ground to take a sharp catch, giving John Cole a deserved wicket.
At the other end, Aran Long rolled back the years with a vintage display of miserly bowling, taking 4-27.
Cole himself was also in the wickets, taking 4-49.
With eight wickets down, Waltham tried to dig in, but Partridge wrapped the match up with a double wicket maiden off his solitary over of left-arm bowling.
Skipper Pete Northall was delighted with the result.
“After the start we made with the bat, to post 180 is a great achievement,” he said.
“Richard Barron is in good form and his innings really got us there. His century partnership with Dan Partridge was vital for us. We then came out and bowled and fielded well, took our catches and fully deserved the win.”
Asha Smith top scored with 85 as Bradfield beat Woodley 2nd by six wickets.
Trevor Wright made 46 as Woodley set Bradfield a target of 152 and Smith’s knock eased them home.
David North was the pick of the Bradfield bowlers, finishing with 4-33.
Grouse & Label maintained their healthy lead at the top with a three-wicket victory against struggling Crown Wood 2nd.
Grouse & Label shot Crown Wood out for 166 before W Hussein’s half century guided the table-toppers to their target.
Ruislip Victoria edged out Warfield by one wicket.
Batting first, Warfield were restricted to 182 as Shiv Rawal picked up 6-38, while Babar Mirza took 3-19.
Opener Yakub Vora hit 62 in Ruislip’s reply, before Darren Almeida (39) and Rawal (29no) sealed the win.
Twyford’s hopes of securing the second promotion spot were dealt a blow after they slipped to a 73-run defeat against nearest rivals Welford Park 2nd.
R Patamatathil was Welford’s star with a well-worked 50 in their 230-9.
Adam Brookman once again shone with the ball as Knowl Hill eased to a seven-wicket win over Waltham St Lawrence 2nd.
Henry Evans top scored with 57 in Waltham’s 157, while Brookman took 5-36.
Matt Crawcour (44) and Liam Duffy (41no) guided Knowl Hill to the target.
Grouse & Label 2nd picked up only their third win of the season, beating bottom-side Shinfield 2nd by 108 runs.
Grouse were all out for 157, but S Dadhwal took 7-15 to secure the victory.
Catcliffe Way edged out Purley by four wickets.
Danny Luis claimed 4-21 as Purley were shot out for 113 before Dom Howard’s 47 put Catcliffe into a winning position.
Pinkneys Green 2nd closed the gap on leaders Bradfield 2nd with a seven-wicket victory over Crown Wood 3rd.
Andrew Wilkinson’s superb 117no ensured Sulhamstead & Ufton 3rd outgunned Emmbrook & Bearwood 2nd to win by 117 runs .