Thames Valley Cricket League Round-Up
June 30, 2011
After the poor showing in the nine-wicket defeat by Basingstoke last week, Finchampstead needed a positive response in their visit to High Wycombe 2nd in Division 1 on Saturday.
However, the good start that Finches required was not forthcoming as, with 19 on the board, both openers were back in the pavilion when Gary Loveday was trapped lbw and Russell Lane out off a skied drive.
However, a good attacking partnership between skipper Matt Jones and Geoff Isaacs saw 94 put on before Jones was out for 40 and then, four runs later, Isaacs was bowled for a well-played 48.
The middle order faced problems as three more wickets soon fell leaving, Finches at 135-7 in 42 overs.
Sam Cheetham joined Sam Taylor and the pair batted well to put on 66 and reach the 200 mark before Cheetham perished lbw for 34 and Taylor was caught in the deep for his fine 53.
Final strokes from Tom Potter and Simon Hards saw the score to 246-9 in 52 overs.
Opening the bowling, Simon Hards and Sam Taylor reaped immediate rewards as Hards trapped John Stevens lbw first ball and then bowled Russell Thomson to leave Wycombe 9-2.
Taylor took another two wickets to leave the hosts on
62-4, with Mike Lance well caught by Kwame Appiah.
Two more were soon down at
77-6 – three apiece for Hards and Taylor, before Lane secured the seventh.
Another fine catch by Appiah saw the eighth wicket fall, courtesy of the bowling of Tom Potter, leaving High Wycombe on 112 with 18 overs remaining.
Fine strokes from George Russell and Rob Collins thwarted Finches as the pair put on 64 in 13 overs, but both were eventually dismissed by leg spinner Sam Cheetham, leaving the hosts all out for 183.
Wokingham leapfrogged Chesham to go top of Division 2B following a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over their promotion rivals.
Roy Adams (3-34) made the early breakthrough, trapping Chesham opener Matthew Rance (4) lbw.
William Ellison (2-41) accounted for the other opener, before Simon Myles (4-44) ripped through the Chesham middle order to leave them 125 all out in 46.3 overs.
Despite losing captain Dan Reddyhough for a duck early in the innings, Wokingham recovered from the set back to go on and win comfortably.
Jack Turner was bowled just four short of his half century, leaving Adams (44no) and Jack Fisher (13no) to guide Wokingham to a vital victory.
Sonning held on to avoid overall defeat to Kidmore End in a game reduced to 92 overs.
Batting first, Kidmore End set a modest total of 132, with Duncan Parr in fine form for Sonning, taking 5-42 to hand the initiative to his side.
Sonning couldn’t take advantage, however, and after losing a string of early wickets, were forced to hold on and play for the draw.
They eventually reached stumps with the score on 95-8.
In Division 2A visitors Slough hammered Finchampstead 2nd by nine wickets.
Batting first Finchampstead were all out for just 104 in 31 overs with Dan Lincoln (40) the only batsman to trouble the bowlers.
Slough cruised to the total to win at 105-1 in 18 overs.
Eversley also suffered a demoralising loss at the hands of promotion-rivals Windsor.
Eversley were all out for just 99 runs, a score that Windsor overturned in 24 overs with the loss of four wickets.
Wokingham 2nd remain top of Division 3B after they saw off the challenge of fellow promotion-chasers Kew 2nd by two wickets.
Rahu Thava returned great figures of 5-28 as Kew were all out for 128 in little more than 44 overs.
Wokingham sailed close to the wind as they looked to overturn that deficit, but they got home with two wickets to spare in less than 43 overs.
In Division 3A, Royal Ascot’s promotion drive continued unabated as they defeated basement-side Beaconsfield by nine wickets.
Jamie Romer returned the best bowling figures with 4-20, but it was Kevin May (4-39) who got the ball rolling as he dismissed both Beaconsfield openers.
Romer, though, took care of the middle order as Beaconsfield fell to 141 all out.
Andy English and Marc Inman got Ascot off to a good start in their run chase, putting on a 90-run partnership before English was caught on 26.
Inman (83no) then steered the team home alongside No.3 Jack Kendall (26no).
Finchampstead 3rd produced one of the performances of the day in Division 4B as they frustrated second-placed Aldershot.
Aldershot totalled 241-8 with Ian Rose taking 4-75.
Positive batting from Finches saw a total of 208-7 for the draw, with good innings from Ben Fisher (62) and Rose (61).
Hurst were left frustrated as they were denied victory by a resilient batting display from Reading 3rd.
Abhi Singh made 67 as Hurst set a total of 179.
It seemed Hurst were cruising to victory, but Reading held on at 136-9 to earn themselves a losing draw.
Bracknell suffered another crushing defeat as they fell to promotion-chasing Theale & Tilehurst by 41 runs.
Theale’s total of 226-7 was always going to be a difficult one to overturn, but Bracknell made a fist of it, with Hafiz Mahmood hitting 72.
However, Bracknell fell short of the mark and were all out for 185.
Eversley 2nd put up a brave fight against table-toppers Purley-on-Thames, and earned themselves 12 points for their efforts.
Eversley kept the scoreboard ticking over, but lost wickets too regularly, with a 44-run second-wicket partnership between opener Kevin Smith (23) and No.3 Andrew O’Kelly (37) the most profitable.
Opening bowler Andrew Lazenbury (4-61) accounted for the Purley top order, leaving them on 73-3.
Matt Brown (3-20) was also among the wickets, but Purley proved that little bit too strong, getting home with two wickets to spare.
Sonning 2nd recorded only their second win of the season with an eight-wicket thrashing of Kidmore End 2nd.
Jamil Ahamed topped the Sonning bowling charts with
4-17, while there were also two wickets apiece for Mark Anderson and James Kennealy.
It took just 30 overs for Sonning to overturn that score with Alex Wright’s unbeaten 65 laying the foundations for a comfortable win.
Royal Ascot 2nd were within grasp of victory against Hillingdon Manor 2nd in Division 6A, but in the end the strugglers held on to deny promotion-chasing Ascot outright victory.
After losing both opening batsmen early on, it was left to No.3 Tharindu Denippitiyage to salvage the Ascot innings with a well-worked knock of 76.
Ascot closed on 200-9 as clear favourites for the win.
Three wickets apiece for Saeed Ahmed, Simon Birch and Denippitiyage put Ascot on the brink of glory, but Hillingdon Manor’s 10th man, Imran Khaki, showed great resistance, putting on 20 to leave his side on 139-9 at stumps.
Hurst 2nd were comprehensively beaten by Thatcham Town 3rd in Division 6B.
Hurst were bowled out for a paltry 87, and although it took Thatcham almost 49 overs to reach their target, they did so for the loss of just two wickets.
Wokingham 3rd remain top of Division 7A after a stunning nine-wicket win against Kew 4th.
Mahesh Chandra was the star of the show, taking 6-23 as Kew were skittled out for just 81.
Wokingham rattled out the required runs in 11.2 overs, losing just one wicket in the process as they secured a fine win.
Finchampstead 4th remain rooted to the foot of the table following a six-wicket loss to Odiham & Greywell 2nd.
Finches elected to bat first, but collapsed to 60 all out with only Mike Simmonite (31) impressing.
The hosts were clear winners at 63-4.
Eversley 3rd picked up their first win of the summer with a nine-wicket trouncing of Boyne Hill 3rd.
Mark Lazenbury continued to rack up the wickets, taking 5-39 as Boyne Hill were bowled out for 132.
Tony Critchley mopped up the tail, returning very impressive figures of 4-12.
Opener Paul Mission proved too strong for Boyne Hill, remaining unbeaten on 78 as Eversley won the match in less than 29 overs.
David Howarth also made a good contribution as he hit 29.
In Division 8A Finchampstead 5th frustrated Thatcham Town 4th to come away with a losing draw.
A good bowling display from Finches had Thatcham all out for 160. Max Stevenson (5-40) and Tony McDowall (3-47) led the bowlers.
Finches closed for the draw on 107-7 with Stevenson building on his good bowling display with a fine innings of 40 runs.
Royal Ascot 3rd gave themselves some breathing space at the bottom of the table as they smashed Eversley 4th by 133 runs.
A monumental opening stand of 154 set the bar for Ascot, with Arup Vidyerthy making 107no and Murray Barter 79.
Following the departure of Barter, and then Ravi Siriwardena soon after, Daniel Parker (42no) joined Vidyerthy at the crease to see Ascot to a huge 259-2.
Siriwardena more than made amends for his batting display as he produced match-winning figures of 6-20 with the ball as he tore through the Eversley batting line-up.
Naeem Mohammad also returned excellent figures of 4-43 as Eversley were dismissed for just 126.
Bracknell 2nd recorded only their second win of the season in Division 9A as they dispatched Royal Ascot 4th by 111 runs.
Nissanka Sampath hit a superb score of 96no as Bracknell set a daunting total of 224-5.
Brett Martindale was also among the runs, scoring 55.
Club chairman John Bray then starred with the ball, taking 5-51 as Royal Ascot were all out for just 113.
Wokingham Oaks & Acorns continued to pick up points with an unlikely 37-run win over Yateley 4th.
It seemed Yately were well on course for victory as they skittled out Wokingham for just 93 with no-one making more than 18 runs.
However, Alan Clarke had other ideas, and after Raj Acharya (3-18) took the wicket of opener A Hancock, Clarke went to town, tearing through the Yateley batting line-up with a remarkable return of 6-14 as the North Hants side were all out for 56.