Wokingham CC go top of Thames Valley LeagueBy Adam Lee
June 20, 2012
Having impressed with the bat the week before against High Wycombe, Wokingham all-rounder Simon Myles did likewise with the ball in the Oaks’ seven-wicket win at title-rivals Amersham on Saturday.
And with Reading, who went into the weekend sitting top of the league, losing to Kew by 20 runs, Wokingham’s win was enough to see them go top of Division 1 after six games.
Wokingham have been in blistering form having earned promotion last season, and have put themselves in a great position to make a return to the Home Counties League following a three-year absence.
However, although Myles produced a stunning return of 5-21 as Amersham, who were second in the table before the game, were dismissed for 141, it was New Zealander Stevie Smidt who really did the damage early on.
Smidt (4-54) dismissed four of Amersham's top five, with Myles securing the other wicket, as the hosts found themselves on 66-5.
They staged a middle-order recovery to reach 114 before the next wicket fell, before Paul Dewick and Myles cleared up the tail for just 26 more runs.
Wokingham batted steadily in their reply, with opener Rukshan Soza putting his early-season jitters behind him to post a sensible 38no from 100 balls.
That innings laid the foundations for Wokingham, with Dan Reddyhough (19) and Jack Turner (10) also contributing as the Oaks found themselves on 49-2.
Stuart Parsons, however, was a little more gung-ho at the crease, making a fine 58 from 56 balls to help put Wokingham on the brink of victory when he was caught with his side just four runs short of victory.
Myles, though, arrived at the crease and, alongside Soza, pushed Wokingham over the line for an impressive victory.
With Reading at home to fourth-placed High Wycombe 2nd on Saturday, Wokingham have a great chance to extend their lead as they host mid-table Beaconsfield.
However, Amersham will fancy their chances of cutting the gap as they take on basement-side Marlow.
With Henley’s ground deemed unfit due to the heavy rain of the week before, Finchampstead’s game with Henley 2nd was cancelled.
Finches therefore dropped down to sixth in the table as they were awarded seven points.