Berkshire Cricket League Round-Up
July 28, 2011
Sandhurst’s hopes of catching West Reading were dealt a blow as they lost to defending champions Mortimer West End by six wickets in the Premier Division.
Sandhurst set 175 with David Hambrook top scoring on 43, but that was never going to be enough to beat a team of Mortimer’s quality.
Woodcote recovered from a poor batting display to beat Woodley by 26 runs.
Woodcote struggled to 114 with the 33 extras Woodley conceded by far their highest scorer.
Jamil Anjum took 5-32 and Yasar Khan 3-15.
Woodley’s reply started badly with openers Faisal Ahmed and Trevor Wright back in the pavilion with just two on the board.
Things didn’t get much better as Woodley were dismissed for 88.
Crown Wood remain in the Division 1 title race as a brutal display of hard hitting from Waqas Satti earned them a nine-wicket victory against Farley Hill.
Farley Hill elected to bat, but skipper Ross Ditchburn may have regretted that decision early on as they were reduced to 36-3.
Matt Salter added a much-needed 28 and Simon Longfield made 31, but Farley’s total of 128 looked well short. Oliver Armstrong-Wood (3-24) and Ashley Fowles (3-21) did most of the damage, while Satti took 2-35.
Opener Satti was dropped behind off the first ball of the innings and he made Farley pay, hitting Trevor Clacey for 23 off one over and accelerating the run-rate to nine an over.
Satti continued to take the attack to the bowling and such was his dominance that in the opening stand of 115, partner Dan Cartledge contributed just 13.
Satti sealed the match in the 17th over with his sixth six as he finished on 108no.
Amit Gandhi’s superb 118 laid the foundations for Shinfield’s 136-run victory over Emmbrook & Bearwood.
Gandhi top scored in Shinfield’s mammoth 304-4 and he received good support from Fakhir Ali (86) and Shashank Garg (40).
James Gibbs made 46 in reply, but Prashant Gandhi’s fine spell of 6-37 ended any hopes Emmbrook had of a draw as they were all out for 168.
Sonning 3rd fell short in their run chase as they suffered a 51-run defeat to Waltham St Lawrence in Division 2.
Opener James Woolford got Waltham off to a promising start with 53 from 78 balls, before Paul Ashton (43no from 73 deliveries) and Asif Ali (47 from 40) guided them to 202-7 from 45 overs.
Cameron Rintoul (2-20) was the pick of the Sonning attack, while Jeqannathan Srinisivan took 2-71.
Sonning never got going in their reply and were soon reduced to 68-6, despite the best efforts of Freddie Travers (30).
Tom Young (25) and Anil Rebello (22) added 42 for the seventh wicket, but it was too little too late.
Ali took 3-26, Wasim Javed 2-14 and Paul Harris 2-39.
Crowthorne moved further clear of danger thanks to a six-wicket win over Peppard 2nd.
The Crows, fielding no less than 10 bowlers, shot out their opponents for just 105 and then easily chased that target down.
A fine all-round performance from Gary Shacklady helped Catcliffe Way beat Warfield by 46 runs in Division 3.
Shacklady top scored with an unbeaten 96 as Catcliffe set 196-8, before taking 4-43 in Warfield’s reply.
Dave Wilson’s half-century gave Warfield some hope, but they fell short at 150.
Leaders West Reading beat struggling Crown Wood 2nd by three wickets in a low-scoring contest.
Crown Wood elected to bat, but that decision backfired as Saleem Awan (5-56) tore through their order.
Mohammed Asif weighed in with 3-12, while Muhammad Taimoor Yousaf took 2-37.
Waseem Ameen made 30 in Wests’ reply, but they were never comfortable until Awan (27no) joined Mubin Ahmed (23no) at the crease and the pair guided them to victory.
Sandhurst 2nd were left frustrated as opponents Ruislip Victoria 2nd held on for a losing draw.
Nayeem Ahmed top scored with 67 of Sandhurst’s 225, but Ruislip finished on 136-8 from 46 overs.
Every Woodley 2nd batsmen was clean bowled as they suffered a heavy 10-wicket defeat at Welford Park.
Azam Banaras (32) top scored in Woodley’s 114 before Welford’s openers took the fight to the Woodley attack and blasted their side to the target inside 11 overs.
Steve Beasmish took 5-31 as Division 4 leaders Twyford beat Sulhamstead & Ufton 3rd by seven wickets.
Sulhamstead were shot out for 106, before Ken Cochrane’s 46 helped steer Twyford to victory.
Waltham St Lawrence 2nd were seven-wicket winners against promotion rivals Knowl Hill.
The hosts dismissed Hill for 143 with Jack Andrews taking 4-35 before Mohammed Riazuddin guided them to victory with an unbeaten 83.
C Morton’s 51no guided Shinfield 2nd to a six-wicket victory over Emmbrook & Bearwood 2nd.
Stuart Henderson took 4-38 and Matthew Crisp returned 3-26 as Emmbrook were dimissed for 148, before Morton saw Shinfield home.