Thames Valley Cricket League Round-UpBy Muddassir Hussain
July 21, 2010
After an impressive haul of 5-46 from Wokingham’s Sanjay Jain, Cove struggled to a total of 176 from 45.2 overs.
Wokingham, however, failed to capitalise on such a golden opportunity.
Requiring just under four runs an over, it went to the final ball of the game.
A single run was needed with one wicket remaining, when an attempt to take a quick single was stopped at cover, and Nick Randall’s direct hit ensured the game finished as a tie, Wokingham’s second in as many weeks.
There was not going to be a repeat of last week’s win for Eversley in Division 2A as they faced a North Maidenhead side whose captain, despite winning the toss, decided to put them into bat.
Set an average total of 206-8, Maidenhead took 44 overs to knock of the runs.
The high-scoring game of the division this weekend was between Basingstoke&NH 2nd and Finchampstead 2nd.
The hosts, batting first, were 281-8 at closure with Finches spinner Matt Harper returning 4-76.
Outstanding batting saw Finches easily home at 282-3. Leading the batsmen were Ed McGregor with a fine 118, Gary Loveday (86) and Dom Pike (40no).
Bottom-of-the-table Royal Ascot comfortably beat a struggling Slough 2nd.
Nick Sweetman made 54 as Ascot were 213 all out. In reply, Slough couldn’t capitalise on home advantage and were bowled out in less than 33.2 overs for a mere 150.
Sonning, fourth in the Division 2B, cruised passed Falkland 2nd in their encounter.
Sonning were restricted to 120, however it was a lacklusture reply from Falkland.
They were bowled out for just 77 due to two five-wicket hauls; one from Ghulam Abbas (5-32) and the second from Rhys Yorke (5-35).
A fairly low scoring game was on hand as Wokingham 2nd played Chenies & Latimer.
Wokingham posted a total of 192 from 50.3 overs.
In reply, Chenies & Latimer will be kicking themselves for passing up such an opportunity as they struggled to get a grip on the game.
As the overs passed and wickets continued to fall, they ended with 120-8.
At Sonning Lane, it was sixth versus seventh as Hurst were victorious versus Reading 3rd.
Sunny Jheeta’s knock of 76 saw Hurst reach their total of 179.
Hurst were not helped by the terrific bowling performance by Reading captain Artif Nasim who got 7-48.
However, in reply Reading fell 11 runs short of their target, after being pinned back by Danny Horscroft who took 5-45.
When Eversley 2nd met Odiham & Greywell on Saturday, both teams scored good totals in an exciting game.
Half-centuries from Gary Ford (51) and Andrew Lazenbury (51) helped Eversley to a total of 236.
Odiham & Greywell, however, stormed past that target, winning the game by four wickets.
Thatcham Town visited Finchampstead 3rd and the hosts declared on 50 overs at 211-7 with Adam Davey top scoring with 44 and Gareth Biggs close behind on 42.
Thatcham won the match, however, at 211-7, despite the best bowling efforts of Dan Marles (2-31) and Steve West (2-44).
Top-of-the-table Bracknell just missed out on victory at Tring Park 3rd.
They posted a below-par total of 179-9 and in reply, Tring Park claimed their victory with three wickets in hand.
Sonning 2nd won comfortably over Burnham 3rd.
Scott Stevens’ knock of 79 helped Sonning side to 232-8 from 52 overs, and Burnham couldn’t kick start their innings as Mark Anderson stole the spotlight with figures of
5-55 as Burnham were restricted to 169-8 from 48 overs.
It was a tight encounter between Royal Ascot 2nd and Chesham 3rd at Locks Ride in Division 6A.
With top-of-the-league Ascot expecting an easy day, it was actually the complete opposite.
Batting first, Royal Ascot were limited to 161 of 47.5 overs and in reply, Chesham lost only three wickets and knocked off the runs in less than 45 overs to move up to seventh in the table.
Home side Wokingham 3rd elected to bowl first in their low-scoring match with Chalfont St Peter.
P Mohammeed was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 5-43, restricting Chalfont to 104.
The Wokingham innings was poor to say the least, taking 29.4 overs to post 66 all out.
After winning the toss, Beaconsfield elected to bat first in their match with Hurst 2nd in Division 6B.
From their 52 overs they posted a decent score of 238-8 with Hurst’s Ian Harvey taking 6-72.
Chasing a score like this, Hurst needed a good start, but other than Alex Fillingham’s unbeaten 65 this never really came, as Hurst fell 35 runs short of the total for a losing draw.
Kew 4th played Eversley 3rd in what was undoubtedly the lowest scoring game of the day.
Kew, batting first were bowled out for 59 from 27.4 overs thanks to an outstanding bowling display from Dan Smith who had figures of 7-20.
It didn’t take too long for Eversley to knock off the runs, but they lost four wickets in the process.
At Aldershot 2nd, Finchampstead 4th were 157-9 at closure with Dylan Augustus 34no and Tom Hopkins on 30.
Aldershot won at 158-7 although Dan Foster returned 4-73.
There was a lot of low scoring teams in this division this weekend, but the lowest were Royal Ascot 3rd.
Batting first at Kidmore End Ascot fell to 63 all out, a score that took Kidmore End just 18.3 overs to overturn.
There were no problems for Finchampstead 5th as they hammered league leaders Falkland and denied them any points.
Visiting Falkland were dismissed for 93 thanks to 7-33 from Andy Stevenson and 2-5 from Adam Dewes. Finches were winners at 94-1 with Dick Potter 42no and Richard Reed making 36.
After Bracknell 2nds posted 239-6 from their 48 overs against Basingstoke & NH 5th, they put themselves in a golden opportunity to win the game.
Two superb contributions – firstly a solid century from Jon Wall (134) and then a useful half-century from Sanprathzn (59) aided Bracknell to the above score.
Basingstoke, however, won the game with a wicket in hand as they finished on 241-9.
Wokingham Oaks and Acorns were steamrollered by Fleet 3rd,losing by 133 runs.
Fleet set a total of 254 and in reply Wokingham O&A managed 120 before being bowled out in 30 overs.
Royal Ascot 4th managed to win, but still remain rock bottom of the table.
Their opponents, Newbury 3rds, set them a total of 152, and with two wickets in hand they completed the victory.