Thames Valley Cricket League Round-Up: Divisions 5 to 9By Jonathan Low
June 13, 2012
Jonathan Beecham's five wickets helped Wokingham 3rd edge past Fleet 2nd to stay top of Division 6B.
Wokingham won the toss and elected to bowl first, with Beecham taking 5-55 to restrict Fleet to 146-6.
In reply, Wokingham only just reached their target, making 147-9.
Hurst 2nd’s Alan Lacey also took five wickets, as Thatcham Town 3rd were bowled out for 196.
However, Hurst could only salvage a losing draw after making 133-7 off 48 overs.
Royal Ascot 2nd climbed to the top of Division 6A with a stunning six-wicket win over local rivals Windsor 4th.
Tharindu Denipitiyage was the star of the show for Royal Ascot, hitting 111 of the runs in his side’s score of 211-4.
Jason Carr was also in fine fettle, scoring 39.
There were some excellent bowling returns as Ascot shot Windsor out for just 87, with Jamie Romer (3-24), Carr (2-9) and Neil Feely (2-12) leading the attack.
Steve Mankee hit an unbeaten 68 as Sonning 2nd won their Division 5A game with Windsor 3rd.
Mankee helped Sonning track down their target of 171 after 31 overs, securing an eight-wicket win.
Finchampstead 3rd went down by four wickets to Thatcham Town 2nd in Division 5B.
Finch scored 123 off 45.5 overs, but it was not enough, as Thatcham made 124-6 inside 38 overs.
Eversley 3rd remain top of Division 7A, but only just after holding on to take a losing draw against one of their three main challengers Wycombe Dragons 2nd.
Chasing a hefty target of 265-5, it soon became clear that Everlsey were going to fall short.
However, a fine 66 from Keiron Thomson put Eversley on course for 180-6 at stumps as they held on for six valuable points.
Eversley 4th picked up a losing draw with Aldershot 3rd in a high-scoring game in Division 8A.
Aldershot declared after 48 overs, having made 235-3, Eversley then recovered from 85-5 in reply to finish on 190-6.
James Forsyth was the best of Eversley’s batsmen, finishing on 43.
Finchampstead 5th sealed a six-wicket win over Newbury 3rd.
Max Uttley (3-38) and Max Stevenson (4-25) helped put Finches in a commanding position as they bowled their opponents out for 116, a target they surpassed for the loss of just three wickets, thanks mainly to James Allum’s 61no.
Royal Ascot 3rd’s game with Yateley 3rd was cancelled due to poor weather, meaning both sides were awarded seven points.
Finchampstead 4th secured a winning draw with Chesham 4th in Division 8B.
Finch posted a score of 241-8, which included an unbeaten 69 from Malcolm Blogg and 65 from James Coxall.
Kamki then took all five of Chesham’s wickets, but it was not enough, as they ended on 161-5.
Crispin Kendall scored a century as Wokingham O&A secured a winning draw against Royal Ascot 4th in Division 9A.
Kendall’s 113, as well as 44 from Ben Miles, helped Wokingham reach 242-7, with Afzal Siddiqui (4-44) returning the best figures for Ascot.
Ascot remained stubborn right until the end, making 84-9 off 51 overs.
Meanwhile, Bracknell 2nd’s game with Fleet 3rd was cancelled due to the poor weather.