Berkshire Cricket League Round-UpBy Matthew Sadler
August 03, 2011
Woodcote’s Premier Division title hopes suffered a setback as they were forced to settle for a winning draw against Sandhurst.
Woodcote elected to bat and made a good start before Australian David Hambrook bowled delightfully to take 3-32 in 12 overs.
Woodcote still managed to set 247-4.
From the start of the Sandhurst innings a draw looked the inevitable outcome on Sandhurst’s perfect batting track.
Hambrook played a patient innings to remain unbeaten on 69, while skipper Adam Birch weighed in with some lusty shots as he reached 55.
Woodcote’s bowlers toiled away manfully without much success as Sandhurst reached 212-6.
Grosvenor remain hot on the heels of leaders West Reading after a three-wicket victory over Woodley.
Woodley elected to bat, but were soon rueing that decision as they slumped to 22-3.
Ashley Gander (28) and Kamran Chaudry (31) added 68 for the fourth wicket to steady the innings, before Naveed Asghar, Taalish Khan and Jamil Anjum (30no) helped the hosts set 202-9.
Grosvenor opener Talit Nawaz was adjudged lbw to Anjum with just one run on the board, but a 160-run second-wicket stand put the visitors on top.
Woodley hit back well to reduce Grosvenor from 107-2 to 134-6 with Chaudry (5-60) doing most of the damage, but Grosvenor secured the win.
South East Reading continue to set the pace in Division 1 thanks to a three-wicket victory over Emmbrook & Bearwood.
Tom Ham’s unbeaten 41 helped Emmbrook set 194, but Reading eased to victory.
Crown Wood kept themselves in contention for the title with a six-wicket win over Shinfield.
Shinfield elected to bat and made a promising start with Tom Rich and Keilor Quesada-Getgood sharing 48 for the opening wicket.
However, that was as good as things got as wickets fell at regular intervals.
Robert Crook took 3-28 from his 9.3 overs, while Riyas Rajab finished with 3-20 from four as Shinfield were all out for 141. Shinfield’s top scorer was the extras column (36).
Crown Wood’s reply started badly with openers Waqas Satti and Daniel Cartledge both back in the pavilion with only 10 on the board.
Ravi Godbole (33) and Ben Handley recovered the situation with a 68-run stand for the third wicket, before Ali Malik and Handley (66) put on 51 for the fourth.
Malik went on to make an unbeaten 29 as Crown Wood eased home.
Crown Wood and South East Reading face each other on Saturday and the result will go a long way to deciding the league.
Harlington enjoyed a winning draw against Farley Hill after declaring on 307-6 from 41 overs.
Ross Ditchburn (72) and Peter Jameson (35) played well as Farley reached 230-6.
Mortimer took a giant step towards the Division 2 title as they beat Crowthorne by 166 runs.
Batting first, Mortimer raced to a mammoth 303-6.
That was always going to be a tough ask for Crowthorne and so it proved as they were skittled out for 137.
Mortimer West End 2nd were four-wicket winners over bottom-side Sonning 3rd.
Clint Stevens made 69, but Sonning were all out for 154, leaving West End an easy target.
Division 3 leaders West Reading 2nd’s unbeaten run came to an end as Warfield edged their game by one wicket.
Wests set 172 with Richard Scott the pick of the Warfield attack, taking 5-31.
Andrew Littlejohn’s unbeaten half-century guided Warfield home, with Jim Moulder also contributing with the bat, making 47.
Second-placed Welford Park took full advantage of West Reading’s slip-up and closed the gap with a nine-wicket victory over Sandhurst 2nd.
Sandhurst struggled throughout their innings and were all out for 142, allowing Welford to ease to their target.
Woodley 2nd moved level with third-placed Sulhamstead & Ufton 2nd as Nazar Hussein’s unbeaten century guided them to a five-wicket win at Crown Wood 2nd.
Faisal Ahmed took 5-28 as Crown Wood were restricted to 186-9, before Hussein’s fine 104no secured a convincing victory.
Bottom-side Hawley picked up only their second victory of the season – beating Catcliffe Way by three wickets.
Catcliffe struggled throughout their innings before being dismissed for 120.
Hawley made hard work of the low total, but eventually reached it for the loss of seven wickets.
Stuart Nock and Colin Parker shared a remarkable first-wicket stand of 253 as Division 4 promotion chasers Waltham St Lawrence 2nd beat Emmbrook & Bearwood 2nd by 84 runs.
Parker was eventually adjudged lbw for 77 from 91 balls, but Nock kept on going, reaching 151no as Waltham declared on 283-8 from 38 overs.
Nock’s innings lasted for 127 balls and included 21 fours and three sixes.
Amit Viroja took 2-67, but the Emmbrook attack did themselves no favours, conceding 53 extras.
Jim Bowen made 46 in Emmbrook’s reply, while Viroja remained unbeaten on 65, but the rest of the order failed to contribute as they were dismissed for 199.
Matt Nebbett took 3-43 and Siva Kumar 2-20.
Pacesetters Twyford were left frustrated as Stratfield Turgis 2nd secured a losing draw.
Stuart Barrable’s superb unbeaten 106 added to David Downes’ 54 as Twyford set a daunting 270-6, but Stratfield reached stumps at 187-7.
Purley cruised to a nine-wicket victory over Knowl Hill.
Tim Darvell top scored with 58 of Knowl Hill’s 173-7 and he shared a 76-run stand with Neil Depledge for the fourth wicket.
Purley’s reply started well and gathered momentum to see them secure the win.
Bottom-side Sulhamstead & Ufton 3rd continue to struggle as they lost to Shinfield 2nd by six wickets.
Sulhamstead set 198-5, but that wasn’t enough as R Kadavakola (54) and Martin Booth (65) guided Shinfield home.