Far too few makes it so easy for Kew
Yateley...................... 119 Kew ...................... 120-4
YATELEY suffered a sharp reversal of fortunes as they were against second-placed Kew at Chandlers Lane on Saturday.
Opting to bat first Yateley openers James Muir and James Halson made a slow but solid start against an opening attack gaining plenty of movement but when both fell with the score on 25, Yateley’s woes began.
Leading scorer Ryan Bone for once failed but Ollie Soames and Kumar Sadagopan steadied the ship with a 50 partnership and at 80-3 a good platform had been established.
However ‘one wicket brings two’ could be Yateley’s season’s slogan as both fell in the thirties having seemingly done the hard work. If the tail has consistently wagged for Yateley this season it failed spectacularly this time and only Anthony Muir with a fighting 22 not out showed any resistance as Yateley could only post a season’s low at 119 all out.
Kew made an equally slow start in reply as Yateley’s attack responded with excellent accuracy but they could not exert any pressure having allowed Kew the luxury of 58 overs at two runs an over.
There was time however for a fiery spell from the returning Chris James whose 3-35 was the pick of the bowling but Kew eased to an easy four-wicket win in the 38th over.
Yateley will be looking for a return to winning ways in the Guy Jewell Cup against Hartley Wintney as well as the semi-final for the Three Counties League 20X20 knockout Cup in a busy midweek programme.
Meanwhile, Eversleyy saw their impressive recent run come to an end as they lost ground on the leading pair with defeat at rivals Wokingham.
Kiwi overseas star Jono Fowler proved the scourge of the Boars as his brilliant 6-52 reduced them to just 160-9 from 52 overs – a score helped along by a battling 40 from keeper Andy Parker who put on a great partnership with Jack Sever (36).
Although it was never likely to be enough, Wokingham were made to work for their victory.
Eventually, though, they chased down the target for the loss of five wickets, with Stuart Parsons making 54, to go top of the table.
Muir needed! Not even paceman Anthony Muir could keep Kew at bay