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Millar says Cookham Dean must win their final game against Oxford Downs to ensure survival

Ben Millar


Ben Millar expects Cookham Dean will have to win their final game against Oxford Downs on Saturday to make sure of survival in Home Counties League Cricket.

Dean remain just a point above second from bottom Amersham after claiming a thrilling one-wicket win over rivals Burnham on Saturday.

Anything other than a victory on Saturday would surely have seen Dean relegated back into the Thames Valley Cricket League, but they recovered from an uncertain start with the bat to chase down Burnham’s total of

226-9 with one wicket in hand. Burnham also made a patchy start with the bat with Rizwan Nadeem’s departure for two, swiftly followed by those of Fahad Raja (11), Shaan Khan (8) and Raza Ali Dar (5) to leave them on 27-4. But an impressive recovery, spearheaded by Nehman Nadeem (71) got them to 226.

Dean’s top order laid the foundations for victory, with Millar (24), Patrick Castleden (17) and Yash Rastogi (31) all spending a reasonable amount of time at the crease, but at 111-6 they also needed some defiant lower order batting from Simret Mangat (35) and SahanNanayakkara (34) to see them home with just an over to spare.

“Saturday was fantastic and it’s the second weekend in a row where we’ve won from seemingly impossible positions,” said Millar. “It gives us a lot of belief looking ahead to this weekend against Oxford Downs.

“We felt Amersham would win their last two games and they did beat Wokingham on Saturday. I would expect them to beat a depleted Thame side on Saturday as well. There’s no way we can rely on Thame for any favours now that they’ve won the league. It’s entirely on the Oxford Downs game and if we lose that we’ll probably get relegated so it’s all on us.”


DATCHETCC: Datchet kept their hopes of catching second placed Banbury alive with Saturday’s eight-run victory over relegated Slough CC on Saturday. Steven Naylor’s side did much of the damage with the bat, reaching 207-9 from their 50 overs.

Afternoon showers meant that Slough’s revised target on Duckworth Lewis was 208 from 49 overs and they came up just eight runs short, making 199 before being bowled out in the 43rd over.

Datchet’s top order all scored heavily, with Joe Barrett (34) and Naylor (51) sharing an opening stand of 56. Slough gradually got to grip with their hosts, with Rishi Sharath picking up the key wickets of James Morris (13) and Bobby Sher (13).

Ikhlaq Nawaz then took 3-43 to clear up Datchet’s tail. Slough’s hopes of victory were dented by the early dismissals of Feroz Baig (9) and Yaqoot Rafiq (8) before Saif Zaib (34) and Harish Kakani (51) got the visitors back on track.

Nabil Shah also managed a half century 55 to help edge Slough toward victory, but Oliver Birts (3-49), Chris Peploe (2-28) and Naylor (2-44) slammed the door shut to give the home side an eight-run win. Datchet finish off at leaders Henley on Saturday.

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