Neck-and-neck between TVL Division 2A leaders Henley and Marlow

In Thames Valley League Division 2A it’s neck-and-neck between leaders Henley and Marlow who both won again at the weekend.

Henley beat Tring Park 2nds by 262 runs, while Marlow got the better of Hounslow & Whitton by 5 wickets.

Having been inserted Hounslow were bowled out for 119 in the 27th over, M Kidd taking 3-26.

In reply Imran Nawaz powered the home side to victory, hitting 76 as they finished on 120-5 in the 33rd over. The top two sides both have 95 points.

It’s a very different story for Maidenhead & Bray who lost by seven wickets at Hayes. Bray sit bottom of the table after five matches and have yet to taste victory this season.

Having been put into bat they managed only 129 before being dismissed in the 49th over. Richard Lawrence managed 46 and Ben Howard 30, but there was little support from anyone else as Billy Moone (2-23) and Ramneek Madial (3-22) decimated the top order.

Hayes then eased to victory in 22 overs with chunky contributions from Luke Manlow (39), Gursharan Singh Chahal (32no) and Arron Davies (27no).

Hurst have slipped down to second bottom in Division 2B after Saturday’s 101 run defeat to Finchampstead 2nds.

Opting to bat on winning the toss, visitors Finchampstead made 193-10 from 48.3 overs, with M Eldridge top scoring with 65. T Lindley managed 5-42 for Hurst. However, his efforts were undone by another poor batting display with the hosts dismissed for 92 in 38 overs. L Smith managed 37 in difficult circumstances, while A Kite (4-13) and A Lazenbury (3-15) proved tough for Hurst to handle.

Royal Ascot’s promotion hopes suffered a knock as they lost by three wickets away to Sulhamstead & Ufton. Having been put into bat Ascot managed 189-8 from their 45 overs, with Harry Watson (38), Michael Breet (33) and Nick Wiggett (45) all scoring well. Matthew Gill took 3-23 for the home side who then claimed victory by chasing Ascot’s total for the loss of seven wickets. They were driven along by Andrew MacEwen (41) and top scorer Sam Oppenheimer (51no).

Taplow skipped above Windsor in mid-table thanks to four-wicket win over their rivals on Saturday. Having been put into bat by their hosts, Windsor made 185-6 from their 45 overs, with Austin Ambrose and S Jordan top scoring with 52. Vishal Nair finished on 34no, and Mark Lines got 30, however, it proved to be in a losing cause as Taplow chased down their total, thanks in part to an excellent innings from Y Ahmed (91no). Ahmed was there at the end alongside M Haider (35no) as Taplow closed on 191-6 from 41.2 overs. The result was enough to lift Taplow to fifth, 17 points behind leaders Boyne Hill 2nds who beat White Waltham by 39 runs. Having been bowled out for 165 in the 45th over, Hill restricted their visitors to 126-9. A Tooze finished with impressive figures of 4-26 from 10 overs.

Farnham Royal saw their lead at the top of Division 3B cut to just two points after losing by 69 runs to nearest challengers NPL. NPL scored 200 before being bowled out in the 45th over, J Doble their best scorer on 33. Mohammed Arif took 4-33 from eight overs to keep Royal interested, however, wickets fell at regular intervals as they were dismissed for 131 in the 38th over. B Mohammed was their top scorer with 28.

Wraysbury continue to go well in Division 3B as they beat Burnham 2nds by 53 runs.

The third placed side batted first after winning the toss, making 167 before being skittled in the 45th over. Hikmatullah Kakar (30) and Waqas Khan (28) were their chief scorers with Salman Choudhry replying with 3-39. Mo Nawaz then took 3-30 as Burnham were bowled out for 114 in 40.2 overs.

Farnham Common top the standings in Division 5A after their three wickets win over Wraysbury 2nds. Wooburn Narkovians are just a point behind them, with Hayes 2nds sandwiched in between, after they were beaten for a second time this season, losing by four wickets to Princes Risborough.

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