Thames Valley League round-up: Marlow keep pace with leaders after five-wicket win

Marlow’s Sam North


Boyne Hill are off the mark in Division 1 with their first league victory of the summer after Saturday’s three wicket win over Cookham Dean at home.

Having been inserted, the visitors struggled to score freely or build partnerships as they were restricted to 170-9 from 50 overs. Fergus Nutt top scored with 30 and Yasir Qureshi and Wasim Ahmed both added 27, but ball dominated the bat with Usman Ilyas taking 3-25 and Najib Khan 3-34.

In reply Sajid Ali top scored with 56, and Hamid Riaz finished on 55not out as Hill eased to victory with three wickets in hand, finishing on 171-7 in the 43rd over. Yasir Qureshi took 3-35 for the visitors. Victory lifts Boyne Hill away from the bottom of the table to seventh while Cookham Dean are fifth.

Stoke Green suffered their first defeat of the season as they went down by 31 runs at home to Falkland.

Electing to bat on winning the toss the visitors made 259-8 from their 50 overs, but despite the best efforts of K Parmar (68) and P Bhachu (53) they were bowled out 31 runs short. S Trumpet did much of the damage for Falkland, taking 6-43. The result sees Stoke Green drop to third in the table, 11 points behind leaders Ickenham who beat High Wycombe 2nds by five wickets.

In Division 2A Marlow kept pace with leaders Henley at the top after a five wicket win over Maidenhead & Bray. Having been inserted Bray managed 223 before being bowled out in the last of their 50 overs, with Jeevan Singh (66) and Ben Howard (40) top scoring. Harry Williams (3-26) and Matt Kidd (3-31) each finished with tidy figures after good bowling spells for Marlow and given the conditions, the result looked very much in the balance at the changeover. However, with Imran Nawaz (29), Alex Bovril (69) and Sam North (51) enjoying their time in the middle, Marlow got home with five wickets and a handful of overs in hand, finishing on 227-5.

The result leaves Maidenhead & Bray second bottom in Division 2A after four matches.

Hurst could only manage 115 with the bat as they lost by two wickets away to Wokingham 2nds.

Having been put into bat, Ruksham Sosa (40) held their innings together, but partners came and went as the visitors were dismissed for 115 in 43 overs. Callum Creighton (3-24) and Matthew McDonald in particular (5-16) made life difficult for Hurst’s batsmen. Wokingham also had their issues with the bat, losing eight wickets as they made it to their target in the 40th over. M Salman Khalid top scored for them with 43, while Lewis Smith took 3-42 for Hurst.

White Waltham moved top of Division 3A after Saturday’s 33-run win over Sulhamstead and Ufton. Having been put into bat hosts Waltham managed 181-8 from their 45 overs, with Nikhil Jathavedan making 51 and Ben Scarborough 37. Doug MacDonald kept the visitors’ interests alive with 3-45, and, while Sulhamstead initially kept up with the run rate, they lost too many wickets to maintain their challenge. Marc Thompson made 34 and Sam Oppenheimer 32 but they were bowled out for 148 in the 36th over with Cloudesley Long taking 5-21.

Royal Ascot remain very much in contention after their six-wicket home win over Taplow in Division 3A.

Having put their visitors into bat, Tom Walsingham turned the screw, taking 6-34, to leave Taplow all out on 141 after 35 overs. Haseeb Haider did his best to steer his side through some choppy waters, making 64, but there was little support from his teammates. In reply Ascot took their time to claim victory, reaching 141-4 in the 42nd over. Andrew Murray (45no) and Jem Bains (28no) guided them home.

In the same division Windsor’s 113-run win over Sonning – their first of the summer – was enough to lift them to fourth.

Batting first after winning the toss, Windsor made 227-5 from their 45 overs, with decent contributions from the likes of Austin Ambrose (44), Matthew Lazarczuk (40), Mark Lines (57no) and Kai Ziemkendorf (29no). Sonning’s response was relatively feeble as they bowed out for 114 in the 27th over. Ollie Jordan (4-27) and Ryan Lewin (3-30) both impressed with the ball while Andrew Niblett (30) resisted for a time with the bat.

Farnham Royal have opened up a healthy 15-point lead at the top of Division 3B after their 49-run win over High Wycombe 3rds.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, Royal managed 206-8 from their 45 overs, with Marwan Mohammed top scoring with 71, and Matt Shave (26) and Muizz Niese (25) chipping in with useful contributions. John Terry took 4-30 for the home side. In reply High Wycombe lasted just 38 overs before they were bowled out for 157. Charlie Lane managed 56 and Marwan Mohammed finished with figures of 3-37.

Wraysbury aren’t too far behind Royal in third place after their eight-wicket win over Gerrards Cross 2nds. Having bowled Cross out for just 99 runs in 24.2 overs, Wraysbury needed less than 17 overs to reach their target (103) for the loss of two wickets. Daniel Ward top scored for them with 64.

In Division 5A Farnham Common closed the gap to leaders Wooburn Narkovians to just 10 points after a seven-wicket win over the top side.

It was a day to remember for Hassan Malick, who tok 9-17 as Narks were bowled out for just 53 runs in 16.5 overs. Second placed Common then eased to their total, finishing on 58-3 in the ninth over.

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