Berkshire Cricket League Round-UpBy Adam Lee
June 13, 2012
Sandhurst pulled themselves further away from the foot of the Premier Division as they earned a winning draw over Peppard.
Batting first, Steve Phipps (44) held Sandhurst’s early innings together before a score of 31 from Nayeem Ahmed provided the late stimulus to see them finish on 182-8.
A string of dropped catches, coupled with 38 extras conceded gave Peppard a sight of overturning the score, but as they slipped behind the clock, that opportunity began to fade.
Tight bowling by Ashfaq Rahman and Saj Abassi (1-24) was well supported by a fine spell from Anthony Clapham (1-23) and Jordan Pharo (3-45), but Peppard held out to reach 171-7 at stumps.
Grosvenor BCS and Crown Wood could not play because the groundsman was unable to prepare the pitch.
Zulfigar Ali returned some of the best bowling figures of the day in Division 1 as he took four wickets in Woodley’s six-wicket win over Stratfield Turgis.
Stratfield were bowled out for just 107, and Woodley cruised to their target for the loss of just four batsmen, earning themselves 34 points in the process.
The match between Shinfield and Farley Hill was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch.
Waltham St Lawrence posted 162-7 in their 45 overs against BCS Grosvenor 2nd in Division 2. And that proved to be enough as Zahran Lahir’s 5-32 helped dismiss BCS for 136, 26 runs short of their target.
Emmbrook & Bearwood comprehensively overcame Woodley 2nd in their derby encounter.
After winning the toss, Emmbrook posted a daunting total of 223-6, which included 45 from Sean Woodward.
And their dominance continued, as Woodley were bowled out for a mere 63, giving them a victory margin of 160 runs. The match between Crowthorne and Welford Park was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch.
Sunam Malla produced incredible figures of 6-8 as Sandhurst 2nd outplayed Hawley in Division 3.
Nigel Birt scored 60 as Sandhurst were dismissed for 126, and then Hawley were unable to cope with Malla’s bowling as their total of 47 saw them lose by 79 runs.
Sulhamstead 2nd emerged victorious in their game with Catcliffe Way by four wickets.
Catcliffe Way elected to bat first and were all out for 142.
Sulhamstead were never really troubled in their innings as they knocked off the runs required for the loss of six wickets.
The games involving Twyford and Waltham St Lawrence, and Ruislip Victoria and Sonning were cancelled due to poor pitch conditions.
Shinfield 2nd secured a comfortable 53-run victory over Emmbrook & Bearwood 2nd in Division 4.
After being put in to bat, a half century by Aditya Todi helped Shinfield make 186-9, but it was too much for Emmbrook, who could only score 133 in reply.
Waltham St Lawrence 3rd will have regretted putting Purley 3rd in to bat, as they lost by 101 runs.
Purley built a commanding total of 232-6 and Ashif Jaufer was the only batsman who provided any resistance in response, hitting 73 off 57 balls.
It proved futile, however, as his side were dismissed for 131.
Welford Park 2nd secured a winning draw against Knowl Hill.
Welford posted a score of 235-4, although Knowl Hill managed to hold on as they finished on 152-7.
There was no play possible between Crown Wood 2nd and Bradfield 2nd due to a waterlogged pitch.