Thames Valley Cricket League Round-Up: Divisions 6-9By Adam Lee
May 17, 2012
The borough's two Division 6B teams were involved in a couple of dramatic games as they made largely positive starts to the 2012 season.
two Division 6B teams were involved in a couple of dramatic games as they made largely positive starts to the 2012 season.
The game between WOKINGHAM 3RD and Reading 4th was almost as close as the Hurst game as, once again, the result went to the wire.
Things were looking very bad for Wokingham as they found themselves staring at disaster on 37-6.
However, a 72-run partnership between Ash Cutts (38no) and Cameron Gillespie (48) helped them recover to 134 all out.
Quick bowler Gillespie then took centre stage, as his stunning return of 5-41 put Wokingham on the brink of victory with Reading just shy of the 100-mark for the loss of nine wickets.
Gillespie, though, went from hero to villain as he shipped 20 runs in one over to allow Reading back into the game.
However, with Reading needing just one run to draw level, Rich Runham clean bowled their last man to earn a 25-point win for the Oaks, taking his figures to 4-10 from 11 overs.
And captain Matt Whiddett was delighted to see his newly-promoted side get their first win on the board, although he admitted it was a little too close for comfort.
“It shouldn’t have been a tight game, but in the end it was,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter how close it was, though, because we got 25 points, which is a very good start for us coming up into a new division.
“There’s no reason why we can’t now look to push on and get another promotion.
“The (Wokingham) 1st and 2nd teams have added strength so there’s no reason why that can’t help us and we should now be looking to go on and challenge at the top end of the table.”
An incredible game at HURST 2ND ended in a tie with both Hurst and opponents NPL Teddington 2nd scoring 15 points.
Batting first, Hurst found run scoring hard to maintain, and although most of their batsmen made contributions, no-one scored more than 30, with Palash Banerjee making 27.
Having set a target of 157-9 from 52 overs, Hurst made some early in-roads on their opponents, but the result was still in doubt.
Fine bowling from captain Ian Harvey (4-32) put Hurst back in control as he tore through the middle order.
However, Phil Wiggins (2-32) was the hero of the hour as, with Teddington on 157-9, he took the deciding wicket to earn Hurst a share of the points.
In Divison 6A, ROYAL ASCOT 2ND were far too strong for Princes Risborough as they comfortably won by seven wickets.
The Oxfordshire hosts put on 129, but Ascot overturned that in 33.2 overs for the loss of just three wickets.
EVERSLEY 3RD saw their Division 7A season off to a good start with a three-wicket win at Odiham & Greywell 2nd.
Odiham were in trouble at 12-2 as Daniel Smith and Oliver Tresise went to work.
However, Odiham steadied the ship and reached 144-3 before Matt Spooner (3-27) and Jason Collen (3-14) tore through the home batting line-up to leave them all out on 160.
Collen returned particularly impressive figures, with four maidens from his 8.4 overs.
In reply, Eversley were reeling at 9-3, but Spooner and David Howorth steadied the innings, taking them to 63-4 before Spooner fell for 34.
Tresise, however, picked up where he left off, and in a match-winning partnership with Howarth (50no) scored 42 to see Eversley home at 161-7 in 47 overs.
In Division 8A, EVERSLEY 4TH took a fairly hefty beating at the hands of Cove Academy.
Only Andrew Martin (33) made any headway with the bat as Eversley were all out for just 71 after 46 overs.
Cove surpassed that score in less than 33 overs with five wickets down.
Elsewhere in the Division, FINCHAMPSTEAD 5TH’S match with Theale & Tilehurst 3rd, and ROYALS ASCOT 3RD’S match with Newbury 3rd were both cancelled due to the pitches being unfit for play.
It was a similar story for FINCHAMPSTEAD 4TH in Division 8B, as their match with Slough 5th never got underway.
None of the matches in Division 9A were played, as ROYAL ASCOT 4TH’S match with Cove 5th was cancelled, as was WOKINGHAM OAKS & ACORNS’ derby with BRACKNELL 2ND.