Chilterns League round-up: Littlewick Green finally taste victory

Kirk Graham took 3-33 and scored 85 not out for Littlewick Green

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Littlewick Green won for the first time this season as they defeated Downley by seven wickets in the Chilterns League Championship, picking up a much-needed 40 points in the process.

Green are still bottom after six matches, but their hopes of avoiding relegation have been massively improved by this win.

Downley won the toss and elected to bat but could only manage 150 runs before being bowled out in the 41st over. Usman Ali held their innings together, making 47, but Tom Maskel’s men had the edge at the changeover, thanks in part to useful bowling displays from Kirk Graham (3-33) and Junaid Akhtar (2-31). Waleed Nawaz helped wrap up the tail, taking 2-9.

After Barnaby Hogg and Adrian Hurley departed for 17 and 10 respectively, Green’s batsmen took control. Graham finished on 85 not out after a fine innings while he was supported pretty much all of the way by Gary Lines, who made 35. The victory moves them onto 100 points, just nine behind second bottom Shinfield.

Braywood picked up their second victory of the season, beating West Reading by six-wickets to move themselves back into contention in the Championship.

Braywood have seen three of their six matches abandoned or cancelled by the weather this season but remain less than 50 points behind leaders Peppard Stoke Row, who defeated Holmer Green by four wickets this weekend.

Electing to bat first on winning the toss, West Reading managed 180 runs before being bowled out in the 41st over. A good portion of their runs came from Mehdi Harees (35) and Muhammad Imran (32) further down the order, while Mudassar Yasin took 5-36 for Braywood.

In reply Braywood knocked off the runs for the loss of four wickets in 34.2 overs. Their top scorer was Syed Kazmi, who made 72. Fellow opener Yaser Ahmed also made 36.

There were mixed fortunes for the area’s two representatives in the Chilterns Premiership. Pinkneys Green moved up to seventh after opponents Coleshill conceded Saturday’s clash, earning them 35 points. However, Hurley lost for the second time this season, going down by 110 runs at home to Penn & Tylers Green. They’re fifth in the table.

In Division 1 Holyport’s Jekyll and Hyde season continued as they lost by seven wickets at leaders Emmbrook & Bearwood. Port have now won three and lost three of their matches so far. The visitors collected only three points for their efforts after being bowled out for 80 in 24 overs, a total Emmbrook bypassed for the loss of three wickets in 22.5 overs.

Little Marlow moved up to fourth in the standings after thumping Ruislip Victoria by 10 wickets on Saturday. The wickets were shared around as Ruislip were dismissed for 130 in the 46th over, while Anwar Mahmood and Arfan Sharif were in serene form as they batted Little Marlow to victory, making 65 and 59 respectively.

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