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Home Counties Cricket round-up: Burnham's hopes of reaching playoffs for plate ended by three run defeat to Harefield

Burnham CC

Burnham’s hopes of reaching the Home Counties Premier League plate competition were ended by Saturday’s agonising three run defeat to Harefield.

Rizwan Nadeem’s side took their challenge down to the very last ball but were bowled out for 177 chasing the home side’s total of 180-8.

It was a brave effort by the visiting side, who elected to field after winning the toss, but it was Harefield who claimed victory and maintained their own, very slim, chances of finishing in the top eight.

Burnham’s bowling attack looked to have a measure of control, as they reduced Harefield to 99-6, however, late runs from Tom Marshall (31no) and Stephen Croft (35) enabled the home side to post a total that was just about on par. The wickets were shared around, with Farhaan Khan taking 3-29, and Adnan Malik (2-29) and Roseum Samuel (2-31) chipping in with a couple each.

Burnham’s reply was rocked by the early dismissal of captain Nadeem for a duck, while Karan Kumar (3) and Khan (6) – so often the mainstays of a Burnham innings – also departed cheaply. Fahad Raja made 14 before he was dismissed with the score on 23, and when Asim Zaka fell for eight with the score 50-5 the visitors were in deep trouble.

However, a fine stand of 52 between Shaan Khan (53) and Syed Bukhari (58) got Burnham back into contention, and, at 159-5, they might have made themselves slight favourites.

Unfortunately, the tail capitulated dismally after Khan and Bukhari departed, putting on only 18 more runs.

Sulaiman Javed resisted with 15 but Hamza Afzaal and Samuel were both run out for ducks as the visitors threw caution to the wind chasing victory.

Burnham’s second defeat in a row leaves them 16th in the table, 17 points adrift of eighth place, ahead of Saturday’s clash with Finchampstead at the Memorial Ground.

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Wargrave CC

Wargrave were bowled out for a dismal 67 in Saturday’s 140 run defeat to title challengers High Wycombe.

Wycombe look certain to finish in the top four, and claim a place in the play-off cup competition, after brushing aside Imran Malik’s side on Saturday.

Having been put into bat Wycombe piled on the runs with Dan Marles making 52 to add to solid knocks from Alexander Woodland (35) and Edmund Casterton (35). It started off reasonably well for Wargrave, who saw Toby Greatwood (2-43) dismiss Eliot Callis (1) in the first over. But Wycombe quickly recovered to put on 207-7 from their overs. Mark Firth (2-31) finished with the best figures for Wargrave.

Woodland then went to town on Wargrave’s middle order, taking 4-5 to leave the visitors all out on 67 in the 21st over. Salman Khalid (16) and Greatwood (16) resisted for a time but the pressure from the home side was too great. Conner Haddow (2-13) and Thomas Hampton (2-10) also took a couple of wickets for the hosts.

Wargrave sit bottom of the table having not managed to record a victory all season. They’ll hope to do that in their final game at home to Amersham on Saturday.

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Slough CC

Slough’s poor season continued as they lost by 186 runs to Wokingham on Saturday.

Nadeem Syed’s side have tasted victory just once all summer, and there was little likelihood of them doing so in this match as Wokingham put on 308 runs from their 40 overs for the loss of just three wickets.

Chris Peploe (106) and Danny Housego (133) were the thorns in Slough’s side as they blasted the home side into a commanding position. Housego in particular took a liking to Slough’s bowling, smashing seven sixes, while Peploe also sent 13 deliveries to the boundary.

Chasing 308 never looked likely and when Sheridon Gumbs (3) and Fahim Qureshi (8) departed to Jacob Clark (4-32) in the early overs their hopes vanished. Naveed Akhtar resisted with a well-constructed 49 that included six fours, but support was in short supply as Slough folded for a meek 122 in the 31st over.

Slough will see out the season at home to Harefield on Saturday.

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Datchet CC

Datchet were awarded just six points after their game at Finchampstead was cancelled on Saturday.

Bobby Sher’s side will need to finish well against Wokingham at the Wally Gage Memorial Ground this weekend if they’re to reel in the sides above them for an eighth place or better finish.

That would see the side reach the end of season play-offs for the Home Counties Premier League Plate.

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