Thames Valley Cricket League: Divisions 2- 4By Adam Lee
August 15, 2012
Wokingham’s outside hopes of claiming the Division 1 title were effectively ended by High Wycombe 2nd on Saturday as the Oaks suffered a seven-wicket defeat.
After losing skipper Dan Reddyhough to a duck, Wokingham did find some form, with Stuart Parsons (37) and Simon Myles making valuable contributions to their final score of 204-8. High Wycombe were dominant with the bat though, and cruised to their target in 35 overs.
Finchampstead 2nd dropped to 10th in Division 2A after they succumbed to a seven-wicket loss against leaders Datchet.
Going along at just three runs an over, Finches laboured to 157-9 having chosen to open the batting with 44 from skipper Kwame Appiah and 41 from Dom Pike.
Datchet made light work of the total, losing just three batsmen as they needed only 26 overs to pick up 20 points.
Simon Mugava’s form with the bat continued as promotion-chasing Eversley disposed of British Airways in some style during a nine-wicket success. The Zimbabwean, however, was outscored by colleague Scott Dyer, who smashed an unbeaten 70 as the hosts chased down a target of 160 in 34 overs.
Sonning continue to sit uncomfortably in eighth spot in Division 2B after they were on the receiving end of a 118-run thrashing at Burnham 2nd.
Chasing a morale drenching 253 for victory, the villagers were shot out for 134.
Gary Fleming and Jack Fisher were among the runs when Wokingham 2nd kept their promotion hopes alive with a 55-run win against Chenies & Latimer.
Captain Fleming led the way with a top score of 65, while Fisher enjoyed a knock of 59 as the Oaks set a target of 22-1. Stuart Hayter then starred with the ball, grabbing figures of 5-38 as Chenies were bowled out for 166.
Reading 3rd were slapped around the field by Hafiz Mahmood, who hit a memorable unbeaten double-century to help struggling Bracknell record a thumping 88-run success in Division 4B.
Mahmood hit more than half his side’s final score of 271-6 after the hosts won the toss and opened the batting. Reading, in reply, could only reach 183 before the last batsmen was dismissed.
Theale & Tilehurst and Hurst have swapped places in the league following the latter’s eight-wicket triumph at the weekend.
A low-scoring encounter saw Theale dismissed for 143 from 46 overs after being asked to bat by their opponents.
Hurst – who now sit fourth – needed just 28 overs to amass the winning runs.
Simon Edwards top scored with 50 during Eversley 2nd’s heavy nine-wicket defeat against Kew 2nd. The hosts struggled to find any rhythm at the crease and were bowled out for 147.
Kew went on to hit the winning runs in the 27th over.
A swashbuckling 117 from Mark Richards was not enough to end Sonning 2nd’s search for a win in Division 5A, with the leaders collecting 12 points from a draw with Windsor 3rd.
Richards was backed up at crease by 14-year-old Sam Bowers, with the Piggott School pupil – playing only his second game at this level – hitting a well deserved 64 as the villagers ran up a daunting score of 308-3.
Windsor, however, refused to be beaten and showed resilience to bat out their innings on a score of 204-7.
Division 5B leaders Thatcham Town 2nd could only amass six points from their game at Finchampstead 3rd after suffering a torrid time in the field.
Scott Osler ran up a score of 108 as the hosts went on to post an opening innings score of 281-5, while fellow batsman Adam Dewes contributed a further 71 as the table-toppers struggled to find a way through.
Finches, however, also found wickets hard to come by as Thatcham batted doggedly to see out their allotted 48 overs and salvage a draw with a score of 180-5 on the board.
Wokingham 3rd showed their title credentials in Division 6B with a 220-run thrashing of a sorry Fleet 2nd side skittled out for just 72.
Callum Gillespie followed on from last weekend’s unbeaten 168 against Kidmore End 2nd with an innings of 92 as the Oaks kept the scorers busy on their way to an opening score of 292-8.
Tom Brighton found the gaps with ease while on his way to a knock of 76 during Hurst’s 120-run demolition job of Thatcham Town 3rd.
Having chosen to bat after winning the toss, the villagers kept themselves busy at the crease before bringing their innings to a close with a score of 257-8.
Thatcham, in response, never got going in the middle, limping to a score of 137 and just three points for their efforts.
Finchampstead 5th fell to a narrow one-wicket defeat at Newbury 3rd in Division 8A, despite a impressive father and son showing from Steve and Phil West.
Dad Phil top scored with 87 while son Steve contributed a further 57 as Finches looked to have grabbed a foothold on the game with a score of 255.
However, the hosts were to outscore the opponents and pick up 20 points with just one ball to spare.
Eversley 4th picked up eight points from a high-scoring draw with leaders Aldershot 3rd. Chasing 216 for victory, Eversley had reached 205-8 when their innings came to a close.
Finchampstead 4th cruised to victory in their game with Chesham 4 in Division 8B.
Having shot out the hosts for just 63, with Kanki Sehmi taking 4-11 and youngster Max Uttley grabbing figures of 3-20, openers Malcolm Blogg and Matt Lay both finished unbeaten on 30 as the visitors won by 10 wickets.
Crispin Kendall dominated with the bat as Wokingham Oaks & Acorns kept hold of top spot in Division 9A with draw against Royal Ascot 4th.
Kendall hit 108 as Wokingham declared on 267-7 in the 44th over.
With 56 overs to dispose of the visitors, the Oaks could only dismiss eight batsmen as Ascot batted the game out and finished on 232-8.