Shepherd helps Saints in battle of strugglers
Half century from all-rounder paves way to four wicket win
THAMES VALLEY LEAGUE DIVISION 4A Chalfont St Peter 243-5 Beaconsfield 2s 244-6
Beaconsfield won by 4 wickets LUKE Shepherd’s half-century saw Beaconsfield to a first win of the season against fellow strugglers Chalfont St Peter on Saturday.
The all-rounder struck 72 as the hosts successfully chased down a seemingly tough target of 244 with some ease, winning with plenty to spare.
Victory lifted the men of Wilton Park to the relative sanctuary of mid-table for now at least, but leaves their opponents wondering where that elusive first win may come from.
Such an outcome looked unlikely when, batting first, Jerry Sewell (42) and Mudho Ahmed (41) laid a good platform for Saints with an opening stand of 96.
Asim Ahmed then took up the mantle to top score with 57 and Mohammad Shajaudin (46 not out) and Eliot Beevor (28) looked to have pressed home the early advantage before the latter’s dismissal closed the innings at 243-5.
Saqib Ahmed and Paddy Keogh then tightened the visitors’ grip on proceeedings with an early wicket apiece as Beaconsfield’s openers fell cheaply.
However, Shepherd then took over in company with Ross Richardson to build the stand which turned the match.
Both punished the visitors’ attack, while Chalfont delivered some self-inflicted wounds too as catches were dropped in a shoddy fielding display.
Beevor eventually bowled Shepherd and Richardson was stumped, but the damage was done and Hugh Suter’s assured 38 not out took the hosts over the winning line.
Chalfont’s crumb of comfort was that the 13 points gained took them off the bottom, but they may well reflect this was one which got away.
Sadly, their second XI fared no better in Division 6A, losing to Old Merchant Taylors’ seconds by seven wickets.
And Beaconsfield’s first XI also tasted defeat by the same margin against Flakland in Division One.
David Heavyside hit 67, but the hosts’ total of 198-8 was easily overhauled.
Elsewhere in Division One, Andy Goddard’s unbeaten 66 went to waste as Chesham lost to Eversley by four wickets. Joseph McGowan also hit 50 in Chesham’s 218-9, but Eversley chased it down with time to spare.
Three more half centuries from Ed Turner, Matt Watson and David Hughes D’aeth could not save Chesham’s seconds from a similar fate at Harefield, while not even a superb 121 from Richard Gregory could prevent a sixwicket defeat for the thirds as well against Chiswick & Whitton in Division 5A.
KICKER: Jay Sewell put on a good opening partnership with Mudho Ahmed for CSP against Beaconsfield seconds