Berkshire Cricket League Round-UpBy Adam Lee
July 25, 2012
Division 1 leaders Woodley cemented their position at the top with victory over Shinfield in a tense, low-scoring derby encounter.
Strugglers Shinfield looked like they might cause a shock when they bowled Woodley out for just 156 in 41 overs.
However, Woodley responded with an even better bowling performance, dismissing their opponents for just 64 in 29.2 overs.
Meanwhile, Farley Hill slumped to a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Ruislip Victoria.
Farley Hill were dismissed for a paltry 67, a target Ruislip Victoria had little problem in reaching.
Second-placed Mortimer West End kept the pressure on Premier Division leaders West Reading with a nervy two-wicket victory over struggling Sandhurst.
Sandhurst batted first and were skittled for 93, with Aron Shallom (21) providing the main resistance.
However, if Mortimer expected to cruise to their victory, they had a nasty shock, although they just edged home to take the win.
Sulhamstead remain third after overcoming fifth-placed BCS Grosvenor in a key clash in the division.
Usman Tariq (4-61) was the pick of Grosvenor’s bowlers as Sulhampstead totalled 208-7.
In reply, Grosvenor slumped to 131 all out.
Woodcote eased to a nine-wicket win over Crown Wood after skittling out their opponents for 115.
Only Timi Malik (41) offered any sort of resistance for Crown Wood, but Woodcote breezed to their target for the loss of only one wicket, easing fears of relegation.
Waltham St Lawrence tightened their grip on top spot in Division 2 with a dominant five-wicket win at third-placed Crowthorne, thanks to an outstanding all-round display from Andrew Jackson.
Crowthorne posted a total of 150-9, with Jackson (4-29) preventing the home side from getting any momentum.
Will Avrili (76) scored more than half the runs for Crowthorne, who were also checked by the bowling of Zahran Lahir (3-44).
In reply, Waltham St Lawrence lost three early wickets, before Jackson hit 67 off just 73 balls – including nine fours and three sixes.
Emmbrook & Bearwood secured a winning draw against BCS Grosvenor 2nd. Emmbrook opened the batting and recorded a competitive total of 223-8.
Grosvenor, though, fell well short in their reply, amassing just 140-8.
Second-bottom Woodley 2nd slumped to a seven-wicket defeat against Peppard 2nd.
Woodley were dismissed for 141, with Jordan Goddard (51) providing the backbone of the innings, but Peppard eased home.
Division 3 leaders Sonning 3rd suffered a surprise defeat against Waltham St Lawrence 2nd.
Muhamed Hafiz hit 84 for Sonning in their total of 215-9, but they were checked by Chris England (5-40).
England was also instrumental in Waltham St Lawrence’s batting reply, top-scoring with 48 as the mid-table outfit edged to a two-wicket win.
Second-placed Sulhamstead 2nd took advantage as they overcame Warfield by 36 runs.
Sulhamstead were 127 all out with Steve Ruddle (5-25) the star bowler for Warfield.
In reply, Warfield were 94 all out, with Ashley Gander (55) providing the only real resistance.
Fourth-placed Sandhurst 2nd defeated bottom side Ruislip Victoria 2nd by four wickets.
Catcliffe Way were on the receiving end of a four-wicket reverse to second-bottom Hawley.
Good knocks from Rob Casey (49) and Gary Shacklady (47) provided the platform for Catcliffe’s total of 159 all out, but despite an impressive bowling display from Nick Schippers (4-26), Hawley secured a crucial victory.
Sulhamstead 3rd caused a surprise when they recorded a 74-run win against third-placed Shinfield 2nd.
Sulhampstead totalled 192 all out, with Rahul Kadavakolu (5-42) bowling well for Shinfield.
Despite his best efforts with the bat, Aditya Todi (44) could not prevent Shinfield slumping to 118 all out in reply.
Bottom side Crown Wood 2nd were thumped by league leaders Welford Park 2nd.
Welford Park made 193-9 and in reply, Crown Wood crumbled to 37 all out.
Elsewhere, fourth-placed Knowl Hill overcame Stratfield Turgis by 101 runs.
Knowl Hill’s total of 167-7 was achieved thanks to the batting displays of Ian Milson (61) and Matthew Crawcour (46).
Stratfield Turgis could only make 66 all out in reply, with Tom Goodlock (5-24) starring.