Thames Valley Cricket League Round-Up: Divisions 2 -4By Lewis Rudd
August 08, 2012
Simon Mugava's impressive form with the bat for Eversley continued as the promotion-chasing side picked up 15 points with a draw at Fleet in Division 2A.
The Zimbabwean made a knock of 77 as Eversley posted an opening innings score of 228-5 from 47 overs.
They then fell agonisingly short of collecting maximum points from the encounter, as Fleet held up an end to finish on 179-9, some 49 runs short of victory.
Mark Shepherd hit an impressive 138 as Finchampstead 2nd picked up a much-needed 20 points with a eight-wicket win over North Maidenhead.
Shepherd was backed up at the crease by Lance Stewart (pictured left) who finished unbeaten on 74 as Finches chased down a competitive target of 223-9 with relative ease.
Four wickets apiece from Zubeer Khan and Duncan Parr were not enough to prevent Sonning from falling to a heavy 76-run loss against Yateley in Division 2B.
Khan and Parr conceded just 82 runs between them during clinical spells with the ball as Yateley were all out for 197.
The villagers, who elected to field having won the toss, struggled to find rhythm and consistency in the middle, with only Muhammed Hafeez showing any sort of resistance at the crease, top scoring with 32 as Sonning were bowled out for 121 in the 38th over.
Stuart Hayter finished unbeaten on 56, but it was not enough to steer Wokingham 2nd to victory in their game at Tring Park 2nd in Division 3B.
The Oaks opened the batting and ran up a score of 164-5.
Tring – who now sit 30 points clear of their weekend opponents following the win – needed just 37 overs to collect a win by five wickets.
Andrew Lazenbury grabbed headline figures of 6-34 as Eversley 2nd got the better of borough rivals Hurst during a narrow 19-run success in their Division 4B clash.
Lazenbury’s efforts helped bowl out Hurst for 128 chasing 147.
Only Hurst’s Lewis Smith showed any form with the bat, scoring 41 before being dismissed.