Thames Valley Cricket League Round Up
September 07, 2011
Wokingham are the champions of Division 2B after earning the maximum 25 points at home to Kidmore End.
Oaks’ main title rivals Chesham, who went into Saturday’s game with a one-point lead at the top, lost the toss and bowled first in their match against Falkland 2nd, so although they went on to win, they could only score a maximum of 20 points.
Batting first, Wokingham captain Dany Reddyhough scored 48 to see his side off to a good start, but after a mid-innings stutter, they reached the 200 mark.
In fact, it was three big sixes from Chris Nicholas and then a solid display from Craig Beales, that saw Wokingham home at 203-8 after 47 overs.
Although Wokingham’s attack has been the highlight of their season, few could have expected them to be so potent on Saturday.
Helped by some magnificent fielding, that brought four top-drawer catches from Beales (2), Jack Turner and Simon Myles, Wokingham tore through their opponents line-up and bowled them out for just 93.
Sanjay Jain was in outstanding form, taking 5-25, while there were two apiece for Will Ellison and Simon Myles with the other wicket going to Ryan Hiscoe.
And with that victory, which earned Wokingham full points, it matter not what happened elsewhere and they return to Division 1 at the first time of asking.
Sonning’s disappointing season finished with defeat against local rivals Reading 2nd.
Sonning won the toss and batted first, but were dismissed for just 136 runs after almost 50 overs.
Reading needed 33 overs to overturn that deficit, reaching 137-3.
In Division 2A Finchampstead 2nd and Eversley completed their seasons with a derby encounter, a game which Eversley won by six wickets.
Winning the toss and batting first, Finches were 27-5 then 70-7 as they were off to a dreadful start.
Eversley’s Oz Ali was the main architect of their demise, running out opener Mark Shepherd and then removing all three of the next batsmen to the crease.
However, a fine stand of 123 from Archie Rajapakse and Matt Bell ensured respectability.
Rajapakse ended on a magnificent 118 and Bell 39 as Finches were 228 all out.
Ali took 4-57, while Jack Sever cleaned up the tail to finish on 3-59.
Matt Harper caught and bowled Eversley opener Phil Wise to leave them 9-1, then Dan Marles bowled Waj Ali to make the score 35-2.
However, a third-wicket stand of 101 from Blair Lindsay (117no) and Ben Saville (37), followed by some unerring strokes from Scott Dyer (34), saw Eversley home at 232-4.
Finchampstead recorded an impressive winning draw against Cove in their final game of the season, a result that saw Finches climb up to fourth, and Cove finish the season in the promotion places.
Winning the toss Finches elected to bat first and openers Gary Loveday and Russell Lane started with fine aggressive strokes.
However, with 62 on the board after 10 overs, both were out, with Lane bowled and Loveday caught behind.
Skipper Matt Jones and Geoff Isaacs continued with some fluent strokes until, with 149 on the board, Isaacs was caught in the deep.
At 174 after 35 overs, Jones was also caught at deep mid wicket for a fine 77.
With Finches well poised for a good score, more wickets fell, leaving them 208-7 and then 232 all out in 52 overs.
Given 48 overs Cove needed a good start, but thanks to the bowling of Simon Hards, this was not forthcoming.
Hards trapped Chris Benham and Simon Reed lbw then with 37 on the board Sam Taylor also had an lbw with Neil Randall out.
Fine batting from James Marsh and Jim Regan saw the total to 125 before Regan was bowled by Hards for 38, who then also bowled Khalid Naqvi to leave Cove 131-5.
When Marsh mis-hit Sam Taylor to be caught for 48 and Matt Short was bowled by Taylor, Cove, at 147-7, were in trouble.
However, neat strokes from Nick Randall saw a closure on 191-8 for the draw.
The nine vital points for Cove enabled them to level the points with Basingstoke and win the league on matches won, while for Finches the 14 points enabled fourth slot in the table.
Wokingham 2nd finished a disappointing sixth in Division 3B after a nine-wicket defeat to Tring Park on the closing day.
Oaks’ top four batsmen were all sent packing for a dismal return of just seven runs as Tring went on the offensive, although Jonathan Beecham (45) and Rahu Thava (49) added some respectability.
Wokingham were all out for 157 in 36 overs, a score that Tring overturned in 25 overs for the loss of just one wicket.
Royal Ascot finished fourth in Division 3A after a 22-run defeat at home to Chiswick & Latymer.
Chasing a score of 166, Ascot were all out for 144.
There was a fine win for Finchampstead 3rd in Division 4B, as they recorded a two-wicket success over Bracknell.
Bracknell were all out for 193 with Adam Dewes taking 4-55.
Finches were then home at 194-8 with a fine 81 for JJ Dewes.
Hurst proved too strong for third-placed Odiham & Greywell , recording a 46-run win.
Jack Wrigley’s half century paved the way for Hurst’s total of 201, before they bowled their opponents out for 155.
There were more than 520 runs in Eversley 2nd’s game with Reading 3rd, but the Hants side narrowly lost out by three wickets with two overs remaining.
James Taylor hit a magnificent unbeaten 114 with Simon Edwards scoring 97 as Eversley reached 261-3.
Eversley, though, were let down by their bowling attack as Reading reached 265-7 for the win.
Sonning 2nd completed their Division 5A campaign with defeat at the hands of Purley-on-Thames 2nd.
Chris Priestley’s knock of 89 was the highlight of Sonning’s score of 184 all out, but Purley reached that target in 39 overs for the loss of six runs.
Royal Ascot 2nd earned a losing draw in their final match of the season to finish fourth in Division 6A.
Chasing a target of 240-5, Ascot reached 177-9 at stumps.
Hurst 2nd were on the receiving end of a six-wicket battering by Reading 4th.
R Head top scored with 62 as Hurst made 180, but Reading easily reached that target.
Wokingham 3rd secured second spot in Division 7A, and promotion to boot, in remarkably similar circumstances to their first team.
With Ruislip 2nd four points ahead of them, Wokingham needed to win the toss and bat first in their game against Newbury 2nd, while also hoping that Ruislip lost the toss against Odiham & Greywell 2nd and were put into the field first.
And that was exactly what happened, meaning Wokingham’s 150-run drubbing of Newbury saw them claim a promotion place by just one point..
Shash Iyer scored 67 and Jarrett Bobb a magnificent 101no as Wokingham set a daunting 244-9.
Newbury’s reply was over before it started as they were all out for 94 in 30 overs.
Finchampstead 4th just got the better of a draw with Eversley 3rd in their derby match.
Batting first, Finches totalled 167 as Gareth Cummings tore through their order, taking 5-42.
Chris Last also took 3-39, while Finches’ top batsman was Steve Bloyce with 55.
In reply only Last made any real impression for Eversley with 51, as Mike Simmonite (4-12) and Bloyce (4-37) shared the majority of the wickets.
In a tense finish, with Eversley needing just a few more runs and Finches only one more wicket, hosts Eversley reached 164-9 at stumps.
Finchampstead 5th enjoyed victory over Cove Academy in Division 8A, winning by four wickets.
Steve West took 5-23 as Cove were all out for 94, then Finches got home at 97-6 to finish off the season with a good win.
Eversley 4th clawed a good win away at British Airways 4th, claiming a three-wicket victory.
Oliver Tresise, George Tunstall and Andrew Hogston all took two wickets as BA were skittled out for 129.
Alex Davidson’s unbeaten 66 set Eversley on course for victory, with only opener John Turner (29) really contributing as they reached 130-7 for the win.
Royal Ascot 3rd ended their season on a high with a magnificent 185-run win over Thatcham Town 4th.
Batting first, things didn’t start too brightly as Ascot were reduced to 5-3.
However, a 108-run stand for the fourth wicket, led by Ralp Weekes’ unbeaten 110, laid the foundations for a high score.
Daniel Parker (54) was also among the runs as Ascot set a fine total of 258-8.
Thatcham’s reply never got going, and Andrew Wiggett (3-16) did much of the early damage before Kyle Philander (4-12) mopped up, leaving Thatcham all out for 73.
Wokingham Oaks & Acorns held on to earn a losing draw against Newbury 3rd and finish fifth in the Division 9A table.
Paul Tatum returned figures of 4-50 as Newbury reached 203-7 in their innings.
Wokingham made a good fist of their run chase, and were in decent standing at 67-3 with opener Cararadog Davies top scoring on 36.
However, that soon turned into a desperate 78-6 and then 112-7 before David Healey (55no) and Simon Herrington (29no) guided their side to 188-7 at stumps.
Royal Ascot 4th saw off Cove 5th in their game to win by 93 runs.
Batting first, Ascot made a slow start to reach 45-3.
A 63 from Sanjan T put Ascot back on course before they eventually reached 186-8 after 52 overs.
George Clough (4-28) took four of the top five Cove batsmen to put Ascot on course for victory, then Chris Thomason (4-9) mopped up the tail as Cove were all out for 93.