Thames Valley Cricket League Round-Up: Divisions 2 to 5By Lewis Rudd
July 04, 2012
Half centuries from Matt Bell and Dan Marles could not prevent struggling Finchampstead 2nd from slipping to their fifth defeat of the season at Basingstoke & North Hants in Division 2A.
An unbeaten knock of 57 from Bell and a further 55 from Marles helped the visitors post a score of 212-6 from their 50 overs.
Basingstoke chased down the required 213 runs for victory, losing just two batsmen in the process.
EVERSLEY grabbed an impressive eight-wicket win against Cookham Dean.
Cookham were tormented by Chris Last, who took 5-35 as the visitors slumped to 137 all out.
A quickfire 78 from Simon Mugava and an unbeaten 54 from Scott Dyer ensured Eversley eased to victory.
SONNING fell to a heavy five-wicket defeat at Division 2B leaders Chesham.
Chesham posted 219-5 from their 50 overs, while Sonning were bowled out for a paltry 88.
WOKINGHAM 2ND held out to pick up a losing draw at Harefield in Division 3B.
Martin Wilson took 5-61 as Harefield were restricted to 208-8 in 52 overs.
He and Gareth Jones then both scored 36no as Wokingham held on at 133-7 at stumps.
Theale & Tilehurst inflicted a crushing six-wicket defeat on bottom side BRACKNELL in Division 4B.
Theale posted a daunting score of 254-4, and a knock of 87 from Hafiz Mohammed proved to be in vain as struggling Bracknell fell 93 runs short of their required total.
HURST picked up a losing draw at Division 4B leaders Stoke Green.
Stoke Green hit 208-9, and only Greg Smith (62) offered any resistance at the crease as Hurst avoided a collapse and held on to post 146-7 after 48 overs.
Andrew Bertram helped himself to six wickets as SONNING 2ND comfortably beat Purley-on-Thames 2nd to go top of Division 5A.
Bertram gave away just 43 runs with the ball, helping dismiss Purley for just 81 in just shy of 24 overs.
The hosts then knocked off the winning runs for the loss of three batsmen.
FINCHAMPSTEAD 3RD picked up only their second win of the season with a one-wicket success against Kew 3rd in Division 5B.
Chris Wroot (3-13) led the bowling attack as Kew were all out for 146.
The home side, however, made hard work of their run chase, collapsing to 100-6 before Josh Lincoln and skipper Mike Arnold helped steady the ship and see their team home.