Wokingham CC back to winning ways against Marlow CCBy Adam Lee
August 08, 2012
Wokingham reignited their title challenge with a 38-run win over Marlow on Saturday.
The victory has clsoed the gap between the Oaks and league leaders Reading to 44 points, but with only five games left to play, their chances of sneaking into top spot look meagre.
Winning the toss, Wokingham chose to bat first knowing that the new wicket at Sadler End has proved difficult to chase on.
Looking to set a commanding total, Wokingham were off to a steady start before skipper Dan Reddyhough was out for 13.
However, the arrival of Jack Turner to the crease saw him forge a steady partnership with opener Stuart Parsons, and between them put on 72 before Turner fell on 35.
Simon Myles (30) continued to put on the runs alongside Parsons (49) but although many of the top order made steady starts, none were able to post big scores and the loss of some cheap late wickets left them all out for 198.
Reddyhough said: “A score of 220-plus would have made things a lot easier, but we still felt 198 was a very competitive total to bowl at.”
Wokingham made the best of starts as both Sanjay Jain and Paul Dewick caught and bowled their batsmen, leaving Marlow 7-2.
They then handed the initiative to the visitors when the usually relaible Myles was guilty of a rather uncharacteristic dropped catch which would have dismissed dangerman Grahm Paskins first ball.
That allowed Marlow to dig in and consolidate, although Wokingham’s attack did make sure their opponents couldn't score quickly.
But with the score on 88-4 with little less than 20 overs to play, the game changed.
With Marlow needing points in order to stave off relegation, playing out for a draw was not an option.
Instead, they began to go for the win, creating opportunities in the field for Wokingham to take advantage of.
The catalyst for Wokingham’s win was a stunning catch on the boundary by Stevie Smidt, who, with the sun in his eyes, got down low to take the wicket of Glenford Boyce off the bowling of Ryan Pogson.
With the hosts’ tails up, the writing was on the wall for Marlow, and the wickets fell regularly to leave them all out on 160.
Jain took 4-27 and Pogson 3-25 as Wokingham kept their faint promotion hopes alive.