Wokingham CC climb to second in leagueBy Adam Lee
July 04, 2012
Wokingham climbed to second in Division 1 following an impressive four wicket win over near neighbours Henley 2nd.
Once again New Zealander Stevie Smidt was the catalyst for the victory, taking two wickets as hosts Henley were restricted to 204-6, then scoring 82 with the bat to help bring the side home after the Oaks collapsed to 74-6.
Smidt (2-66), Will Ellison (2-39) and Paul Dewick (1-36) all grabbed early wickets as Henley found themselves on 38-3.
The introduction of Darren White stabalised the innings, as he forged a couple of decent partnerships, most notably with Andrew White (50), before being caught by Stuart Hayter off the bowling of Ellison.
With the game played in decent conditions, Wokingham would have been happy to restrict the home side to 200-6 after their 52 overs and fancied their chances of reaching their target.
However, the omens didn’t look good for Wokingham, as they lost early wickets.
Openers Ruksham Soza and Dan Reddyhough departed with just five on the board, and although Jack Turner (23) and Simon Myles (26) rebuilt the innings, they soon fell and Wokingham were staring at defeat at 74-6.
However, the arrival of Smidt and Chris Nicholas to the crease gave Wokingham the impetus they needed to go on and win the game.
They put on a seventh-wicket partnership of 130 to see Wokingham to victory with Nicholas finishing on 45 and Smidt making 82.
Next up for Wokingham is a home match against fifth-placed Kew.