10:00AM, Friday 14 May 2021
Stoke Green’s Saqlain Basharat
Boyne Hill’s Thames Valley Division 1 campaign got off to a disappointing start as they lost by 89 runs at home to Stoke Green.
Very few matches were possible across the Thames Valley structure but Stoke Green did enough in the dry weather that was afforded to them to claim a commanding win and 22 points.
Given the conditions, Tom Mellor opted for his side to have a bowl first, but it backfired, with Green clipping their way to 185 all out in 42.2 overs.
Saqlain Basharat was their key performer in the middle, making 61 with excellent support from Tenzil (47. Kumar managed figures of 5-26 in a losing effort for the home side.
Hamid Riaz managed 36 for the hosts in their reply, but Gagan Singh (3-17) and Zulfi Butt (3-11) quickly set about limiting their run-chase on a challenging track. They were bowled out for just 96 runs in the 36th over and collected just seven points for their efforts.
In the same division Ickenham chased down Gerrards Cross for a six-wicket win. Set 153-6 from 30 overs Ickenham needed just 27.1 overs to reach 154 for the loss of only four wickets with O’Driscoll top scoring with 60.
The matches between Falkland and Cookham Dean, Slough 2nds and Cove and High Wycombe 2nds and Beaconsfield were all abandoned due to the weather.
In Division 2A only one match was possible, with Datchet’s second team holding off Hounslow & Whitton’s run-chase for a two-run victory.
The visitors managed 210-8 from their 45 overs, but just when it seemed that Hounslow would close in on a narrow victory, Datchet took the wickets they required to bowl their hosts for 209 in the 42nd over. J Hussain (3-43) and V Aeri (3-59) each took a three-wicket haul. More games were possible in Division 2B where Hurst claimed a 10-run victory over Binfield.
With James Watt blasting an impressive 106 and Lewis Smith adding 52, Hurst made 234-6 from their 40 overs. And, although Binfield were equally competent with the bat, with Tom Andrews (55), Ravi Gilbert (49) and Wynand Lamprecht (49) all scoring well, they came up just short in their chase, with Abhir Joshi (3-49) and Nick Reynolds (3-58) Hurst’s chief wicket takers.
Elsewhere Fleet beat Bagshot by nine wickets to get their season off to a convincing start.
White Waltham got their Division 3A season underway with a thrilling eight-run victory at Cove 2nds.
In a match that was reduced to 20 overs a side because of the weather, Waltham managed 118-8 before restricting their hosts to 110-7. Nikhil Jathavedan top scored for the visitors with 43, while Cloudesley Long finished with figures of 3-11 as Cove were held up eight runs shy of their target.
In Division 3B Harry Barton hit 68 to help Farnham Royal to a six-wicket win at Gerrards Cross 2nds.
Muhammed Anil took 3-13 as Cross were restricted to 164-6 from 38 overs, while Barton and Bilal Mohammad (47) held the Royal innings together as they finished on 165-4 in the 38th over.
One other match was possible with Burnham 2nds beating Stoke Green 2nds by eight-wickets at home.
In Division 4B Wargrave 2nds beat Maidenhead & Bray 2nds by nine wickets, while Theale & Tilehurst got the better of Bagshot 2nds by eight wickets.
Further down the divisions Wooburn Narkovians managed a 15-run win over Burnham 3rds with Tom Wright (4-25) turning the match in their favour with some late wickets. Narkovians posted 166-10 from 28.4 overs, with opener Ben Cooper top scoring with 37.
At 149-6 Burnham looked a good bet for victory but Wright and James Dolan (2-13) turned the game in Wooburn’s favour.
The changes could see Colnbrook with Poyle, Langley Kedermister and Foxborough wards moved from Slough to the Windsor parliamentary constituency.