Thames Valley Cricket League Round-Up: Divisions 2-4By Jonathan Low
June 20, 2012
In Division 2A Cookham Dean made their first ever visit to the Memorial Ground as they faced Finchampstead 2nd.
Winning the toss, Finches batted first and totalled 209-8 in the 52 allotted overs.
Tight bowling restricted the runs, with 46 for Dan Lincoln and 45 for Dan Marles.
The visitors batted steadily, but 65 from opener Ben Miller in 40 overs left them needing nine an over for the last eight.
At the close Cookham Dean were five short of their total with just four wickets down, resulting in a draw following tight bowling from each side.
Simon Mugava’s 6-58 was not enough for Eversley, as they crashed to a 98-run defeat at the hands of North Maidenhead in Division 2A.
After dismissing Maidenhead for 172, Eversley could only make 74, with Majid Ashraf and Mirehan Saleem each taking five wickets apiece.
Sonning succumbed to an agonising defeat at Newbury in Division 2B. The home side were bowled out for 144, but Sonning fell just short, ending on 140.
Royal Ascot suffered a five-wicket loss to Chiswick and Latymer.
Ascot scored 160, but Chiswick proved too strong as they knocked off the runs for the loss of just five wickets.
Wokingham 2nd emerged victorious in their game with Maidenhead & Bray in Division 3B.
Wesley Budd proved to be the scourge of the Maidenhead top order as he took all three with 58 runs on the board.
Club chairman Martin Wilson then picked up where Budd left off, taking two more to leave Maidenhead 76-5.
A middle-order recovery allowed them to keep the scoreboard ticking over, but Wilson tore through the tail to restrict Maidenhead to 147-9.
Budd finished with figures of 3-42 and Wilson 4-44.
Wokingham reached their target inside 43 overs to secure a four-wicket win with Stuart Hayter (43) the most prolific batsman.
Theale & Tilehurst beat Eversley 2nd in Division 4B.
Despite dismissing their opponenst for just 165, Eversley were bowled out for 117, 48 runs short.
Hurst won the toss and elected to bat against Cove 2nd, making 145-8 in their 52 overs.
Cove reached their target, though, with two wickets and over 10 overs to spare.
Paul Henly made a valiant 58 for Bracknell who were comprehensively beaten by Odiham & Greywell.
Odiham posted a daunting 235-9, but in reply, Bracknell could only muster 115 all out, despite Henly’s efforts.