Berkshire Cricket League Round-UpBy Lewis Rudd
August 01, 2012
Woodley edged closer to the Division 1 title after their 123-run thrashing of Ibis Mapledurham.
Tariq Khan top scored with 68 as Woodley posted a daunting 243.
Khan was backed up on the scoreboard by Zulfgar Ali (44) and Jamil Anjum (41).
Mapledurham struggled to find any rhythm at the crease, and were bowled out for 120.
Stratfield Turgis consolidated fourth place with a comfortable six-wicket success against Farley Hill.
Stratfield posted 187-4 in response to Farley Hill’s opening innings total of 186 all out. Matt Salter (53), Chris Garrod (52) and Richard Hammond (44) all found form at the crease for Farley, whose total fell just short of defendable.
Sandhurst replaced South East Reading at the bottom of the Premier Division table following a 30-run loss at Sulhamstead.
Sulhamstead were skittled out for 134, before bowling out Sandhurst for 104.
South East Reading leapfrogged Sandhurst with a three-wicket win against Grosvenor BCS.
Last season’s champions were dismissed for just 129, a target Reading overturned with ease.
Crown Wood continue to sit uncomfortably in eighth after slumping to a heavy nine-wicket loss against Peppard.
Only captain Thamindu Wedatilake showed any form in the middle, scoring 33 before being trapped lbw in a forgettable innings which saw them dismissed for just 110.
Peppard chased down the target.
West Reading 2nd enjoyed a seven wicket triumph at Division 2 strugglers Woodley 2nd.
Woodley were out for 106, a score they stood little chance of defending.
Leaders Waltham St Lawrence brushed aside Mortimer West End 2nd by 124 runs.
Andrew Jackson slapped around the Mortimer outfield on his way to an impressive 107, while Paul Gearing made 59 before losing his wicket as Waltham ran up a score of 286-4.
Mortimer, in reply, were skittled out for 162.
Second-placed Welford Park recorded a comprehensive eight-wicket win at BCS Grosvenor 2nd.
Crowthorne remain hot on the heels of Welford following a thumping 147 win against Peppard.
The Crows owe a debt of gratitude to Anthony Cluett for the win, as he hit 105no as the hosts enjoyed a run feast which saw them post a total of 261-2. Also troubling the scorers was Joe Davies, who was also unbeaten on 78.
Peppard, were unable to get anywhere near the target, all out with just 114 runs on the scoreboard.
Division 3 leaders Sulhamstead inflicted a heavy defeat on Sandhurst 2nd. They posted a score of 204, which Sandhurst had no response to, bowled out for a paltry 88.
A top score of 72 from Rob Casey was not enough to prevent Catcliffe Way slipping to a 34-run loss at title-chasing Sonning 3rd.
Sharah Gallapalli (5-39) and Aamir Tahir gave very little away as they went about tearing apart the Catcliffe batting order, which was skittled out for 156 chasing Sonning’s total of 190-8.
Waltham St Lawrence 2nd suffered a one-wicket loss at Warfield.
Waltham concluded their innings on 140-8, but were unable to defend such a total, as neighbours Warfield went on to hit 141-9 and secure 28 points.
Hawley moved further away from trouble with a seven-wicket win over Twyford. Captain Stuart Barrable top scored with a hard-earned 42 as Twyford were bowled out for 136 having been put into bat. Hawley comfortably chased down the required total to leapfrog Twyford in the table.
Division 4 leaders Welford Park had to settle for a winning draw against Waltham St Lawrence 3rd, who batted out their overs to record a score of 183-8 chasing 245.
Welford posted a respectable 244-8, however, they came across a determined Ian Stuart, who hit a defiant 66 to help struggling Waltham earn a share of the spoils.
Ollie Johnson’s 92 proved in vain as his Crown Wood 2nd side fell to a heavy nine-wicket defeat against Shinfield 2nd.
Johnson was the only batsmen to hang around the crease for Crown Wood, as the other batsmen contributed just 56 runs between them as the hosts collasped to 148 all out.
They then managed to dismiss only opener Rahul Kadavakolu for 66, as Shinfield made light work of the set target.
Stratfield Turgis picked up 30 points during the seven-wicket demolition of Emmbrook & Bearwood 2nd.
Emmbrook were skittled out for 121 with Amit Viroja (52) top scoring.
An unbeaten 45 from Liam Duffy helped steer Knowl Hill to a seven wicket success against Bradfield, who were all out for 119.