OMT shocked by loss to league strugglers
Batsmen fail to build on solid start and fall 60 runs short CRICKET
The Berkshire side have been poor so far this season but they showed some grit to eek out the victory as Taylors’ were beaten by 60 runs.
OMT won the toss and elected to bowl first on a green looking pitch, but despite cloudy conditions the surface provided very little swing for the bowlers.
Maidenhead raced along with Alex Hess (53) and captain Brett Van Niekerk (67) doing most of the damage.
And just when OMT felt they had hauled themselves back into the game, with Armaan Mahmood (4-46) in particular pinning down the Maidenhead batsmen, there was still time for Alkesh Vaja (60 not out) to hit valuable late runs, leaving the home side to post a not insurmountable 262-9 off their allotted overs.
OMT duly opened their response in positive fashion, going off at well above the required run rate.
However, as so often has been the case so far this season, lots of positive starts were simply not converted by the top order batsmen.
Captain Paul Marshall (31) led by example, supported by debutant Paul Waldon (36) and George Davies (41), but ultimately OMT would fall 60 runs short in their bid to hold out for a draw.
Meanwhile, Middlesex County League Division Two leaders Eastcote picked up a winning draw at Harrow St Mary’s to remain unbeaten.
After a delayed start due to some rain, Eastcote won the toss and elected to field.
With a steady start at 91-2, Harrow st Mary’s suddenly found themselves at 111-4 and with some more great bowling from James Corbett, who collected 5-38, and James Rosewarne (4-69), the home side were restricted to 185 all out.
The heavens then opened just one over into Eastcote’s innings, resulting in a short rain break and reducing the overs to 43, which would be reduced yet further due to more rain.
Rosewarne (48), who was unfortunate to drag the ball onto his own stumps in the last ball of the innings, and watchful batting by Corbett (23 not out) saw them secure the four points and stay top of the pile by reaching 128-7.
And in Middlesex Championship Division One, Ickenham came agonisingly close to tasting victory at Old Actonians but could not quite remove the final home batsman to see the match drawn at Actonians Sports Ground.
n CLOSE CALL: Action from Ickenham against Old Actonians
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