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Thames Valley League round-up: North Maidenhead CC remain in title hunt despite defeat to Stoke Green CC

Fahim Qureshi

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NORTH MAIDENHEAD CC: Rainfall hampered North Maidenhead's hopes of chasing down hosts Stoke Green on Saturday as they lost by 41 runs.

Imran Butt's side closed the gap on leaders Wargrave to just four points - despite the defeat - after picking up 12 crucial points.

Green are also in the title mix with just one match to play, having moved to within 15 points of the leaders.

Fahim Qureshi was again at the forefront of their innings, making 67 as Maids were bowled out for 219, chasing 261 runs (D/L).

But his efforts at the crease were bettered by Saqlain Basharat (95no) who drove the home side to 281-9 in 50 overs in benign conditions.

The weather turned sour when Maids came to the crease however, and only really Qureshi was able to defy Stoke Green's spin attack.

They finished up 41 runs short having batted for 37.1 overs. It was enough to earn them 12 points, six better than Wargrave who slipped up badly at Slough 2nds.

Maids go into the final day knowing the title and promotion to Home Counties Division 2 is within their grasp, but they'll need to beat Slough 2nds at home and hope Falkland do them a favour at Wargrave.

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BOYNE HILL CC: Boyne Hill look set to escape relegation from TVL Division 1, despite Saturday's eight-wicket defeat to Falkland.

Skipper Ollie Clayson will have been nervously checking results from across the division after his side were bowled out for 152, a total their hosts chased down for the loss of only two wickets. It leaves them 25 points above High Wycombe 2nds with one match left to play. Wycombe also lost by eight-wickets against Cove.

Hill got off to an unsteady start with the bat as openers Matt Leipold (12) and William Neal (5) were dismissed to leave them on 17-2.  However, Hamid Riaz (47) brought a touch more stability to the innings. Unfortunately the visitors weren't able to build any match-winning stands as Jimmy Shaw (4-33) and co profited from some poor shot selection. Falkland's response was fairly straightforward with Sagar Chhabria (73) and Bruce Martin (73no) combining to hand them victory. Hill finish their campaign at home to Cove on Saturday.

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MAIDENHEAD & BRAY CC: Maidenhead & Bray are one of a handful of clubs who could still be relegated from TVL Division 2A after Saturday's seven-wicket defeat to Chesham 2nds.

The defeat dropped the side into the bottom two but every side up to Tring Park 2nds in third place will be sitting rather uncomfortably ahead of the final round of fixtures.

Third from bottom Kew - beaten by 82 runs by Marlow on Saturday - are just four points above Bray while a clutch of other clubs remain within striking distance should they get the better of Marlow at home on Saturday.

Duckworth Lewis came into play in Chesham's victory on Saturday.

Having been set 170 for victory by Bray the home side managed to get to their revised target of 164 in 28.4 overs. They lost just three wickets in the process.

Bray were skittled for 169 in the 38th over but Chesham's chase was revised down after a short break for rainfall. Bray collected six points to Chesham's 20. They sit just 17 points above Bray in fourth so could conceivably still be caught on the final weekend.

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MARLOW CC: Marlow were indebted to the batting and bowling of Hareesh Reddy (106no) as they beat relegation rivals Kew by 82 runs on Saturday.

The result lifts Marlow away from the bottom two but, with one match to play at Maidenhead & Bray, they remain in danger of the drop.

On Saturday they showed the character and form needed for survival. After an unsteady start with the bat, which saw Shaz Aslam (27) and Phil Lines (14) dismissed, Reddy came in to anchor the innings with a superb century.

It carried them to 235-3 off 48.2 overs and, thanks to the bowling of Reddy (4-37) and co, Kew got nowhere near their target. Opener Dave Ramsden (34) was the best of their line-up as they were bowled out for 165 in 40.4 overs. The crucial win moves Marlow eight points clear of the bottom two.

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WINDSOR CC: Already relegated Windsor were bowled out for just 67 runs in Saturday's seven-wicket defeat to Kidmore End.

Windsor gave off the aura of a side that had downed tools for the campaign after managing just 67 runs in 27.2 overs.

Only Charlie Jackson (16) and captain Mark Lines (14) managed double figures as Alex Crawford (4-4) and Guy Ashby (4-21) pitched the home side toward further woes.

Their response with the ball gave some cause for encouragement, as Dan Simmons (21), Zac Leonard (15) and Jeff Sheldon (3) were removed to leave the visitors on 56-3. However, Reinardt Swart (4no) and Abid Ul Wahab (10no) eased them to victory inside 13 overs.

The result moves Kidmore End away from the relegation places but they'll still be sweating on their Division 2A spot sitting just 12 points above the drop zone.

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HURST CC: TVL Division 2B leaders Beaconsfield bolstered their title hopes at the expense of Hurst's with Saturday's 71 run victory.

Hurst had moved up to third the previous week with a 48-run win over Finchampstead but their hopes of unsettling the top two were ended on Saturday.

Having won the toss Beaconsfield batted first, putting on a massive 295-5 from their 50 overs, with Richardson (99) falling just short of his century. He was ably assisted by Heavyside (79) and Bowers (51) in amassing a total Hurst simply couldn't get near.

A number of their line-up produced solid efforts with the bat, as Hawkes (29) White (32), Lovegrove (44) and Walder (30) all got their eye in. But the hosts were always behind the run-rate and finished up on 224-7 from 50 overs.

They collected nine points to Beaconsfield's 20 and finish up at Thatcham Town on Saturday looking to defend third place.

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ROYAL ASCOT: Royal Ascot’s relegation from TVL Division 2B was confirmed by Saturday’s

48-run defeat at Henley 2nds.

Chasing a mammoth 259-9 from 50 overs, the league’s bottom side were pitched out for 211 in 42.5 overs. The best of their efforts with the bat came from Nick Sweetman (34) while Joshua Jayasingh took 3-60.

But their efforts in the match and over the course of the season have been in vain. They round things off at home to Reading on Saturday.

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TAPLOW CC: Habib Khan and Dale Barton took three-wickets apiece as Taplow defeated Burnham 2nds by nine runs in Division 3B on Saturday.

Hosts Taplow set their visitors a target of 204 for victory after making 203-8 from 45 overs.

Mohammed Ilyas played a major part in the innings, top scoring with 40 while there were also solid knocks from Khan (36) and Muhammad Ali (25). Khan (3-43) and Hayat Khan (2-58) quickly made inroads as Burnham’s response got off to a chequered start. Syed Bukhari (28) and Samir Chaudhrey (20) threatened Taplow’s supremacy while the outcome was still very much in the balance with Sajid Aziz (26) at the crease.

However, Barton (3-30) took some crucial wickets and when Aziz was run out by Ilyas so were Burnham’s hopes of victory.

Taplow collected 20 points to Burnham’s 10. Taplow finish at Wraysbury on Saturday.

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WHITE WALTHAM CC: White Waltham got the better of Wargrave 2nds after Duckworth Lewis was applied to bolster their promotion prospects with one match to play. The visitors made 232-5 from their 45 overs, but after a period of persistent rainfall, Wargrave required just 176 runs for victory and came up 17 runs short.

The result leaves Waltham in the second promotion spot, 18 points above Wokingham 3rds, with one game to go at leaders Sonning.

Umar Butt (54no) and Ben Scarborough (55no) proved difficult to dislodge as the visitors eased to 232. Chris Metherell (36) and Jonathan Mahoney (40) also played their part.

Rahul Mohindru (3-26) got stuck into Wargrave’s top order before a combination of Richard West (3-25) and Jordan Thomas (2-32) ensured Wargrave’s chase would come up just short.

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WOOBURN NARKOVIANS CC: Wooburn Narkovians have been pitched into the bottom two in TVL Division 4b after losing by just two runs to Hillingdon Manor on Saturday.

The result saw their rivals leapfrog them into third from bottom ahead of the final weekend of a season that’s going down to the wire for both clubs. Victory on Saturday would have all but assured Mark Tennant’s side of survival, but instead they face a tense final game at home to Ruislip and will have to hope Harefield 2nds do them a favour against Hillingdon Manor.

Much of the damage was done by Stephen Duce’s 77 from 93 balls for Manor. Stuart Duce also defied them making 44 as the home side ended their overs on 218-7.

In reply Wooburn simply ran out of overs, finishing up on 216-9 with Rhys Wheeler (52no) and John Henry Kelly (8no) still at the crease and pushing for victory. They trail Hillingdon by just three points heading into the final weekend.

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