Five-wicket Shukla keeps Shin­field on top

The Wokingham Paper - - SPORT - By TOM CROCKER

A FIVE-WICKET haul from Anu­raag Shukla kept Shin­field top of Di­vi­sion 1 with vic­tory over Wood­ley 2s.

Shin­field won the toss and put Wood­ley in to bat, quickly tak­ing two early wick­ets through Arun Ku­mar and Ki­ran Al­luri with both open­ers dis­missed for ducks.

From 5-2, Wood­ley moved up to 58-4 with Amol Lotke scor­ing 32 be­fore Pradeep Kad­loor em­barked on a half cen­tury.

But he was re­moved by Shukla as the bowler took over, tear­ing through the or­der and post­ing fig­ures of 5-27 as the visi­tors were all out for 176.

The re­ply was far from straight­for­ward with Shin­field wob­bling on 36-3 with Ta­j­dar Jawaid (3-29) claim­ing all the early wick­ets.

But a good knock from Noel Joseph (33) stead­ied the ship be­fore an un­beaten 71 by Muham­mad Hafeez got the lead­ers over the line in the 36th over to win by four wick­ets. TWYFORD AND RUS­COMBE

are their near­est chal­lengers af­ter a seven-wicket win over West Read­ing 2s.

Marc Teal (3-13) was the pick of the bowlers as Twyford dis­missed Read­ing for 130, al­low­ing a com­fort­able chase with Adam Hen­ley (39), Stu­art Barrable (24) and Sushil Chaud­hari (26) all con­tribut­ing be­fore Shiva Nagam (22no) saw them home.

EAR­LEY re­main stuck at the foot of the ta­ble with­out a win af­ter an­other woe­ful bat­ting dis­play.

Host­ing a CROWTHORNE AND CROWN WOOD 2s side with just one win them­selves this sea­son, Ear­ley may have fan­cied their chances of break­ing their duck.

And they be­gan brightly, putting on an open­ing stand of 45 be­fore Owen Bye fell for 22.

Gary Shack­lady soon fol­lowed hav­ing scored 19, cue­ing a col­lapse from 60-2 to 67-8 be­fore even­tu­ally be­ing bowled out for just 82 with Dan Par­tridge (5-11) and Ni­rav Upad­hyay (3-15) do­ing the dam­age.

Shack­lady, Dave Mapes and Steven Mapes all bowled well in re­ply with iden­ti­cal fig­ures of 2-16, but a knock of 20 from An­drew Baines helped the Crows cruise to a four-wicket win.

A fine all-round dis­play from Za­heer Gu­j­jar helped WALTHAM ST

LAWRENCE to a com­fort­able win at


Gu­j­jar (42) top scored with the bat, sup­ported by Andy Mal­liff (25) as Waltham were bowled out for 143.

That meant some neat bowling was called for to push home the vic­tory and with Wasim Javed

(3-19) and and Gu­j­jar (3-15) in­form, Haw­ley were dis­missed for a mea­gre 71 to give Waltham a 72-run suc­cess.

Up in the Pre­mier Di­vi­sion,

FAR­LEY HILL pro­duced one of their best per­for­mances of the sea­son to sweep aside Ibis Maple­durham.

Sit­ting bot­tom of the ta­ble be­fore the week­end, Far­ley bat­ted first and posted a to­tal of 171-4 with Michael Sheri­dan (88) and Ali Jalil (41) top scor­ing.

Jalil then im­pressed with the ball, post­ing fig­ures of 3-4 while Andy Marr also took three wick­ets as Ibis Maple­durham were bowled out for 99, 72 runs short. BERK­SHIRE COUNTY SPORTS are the new side at the bot­tom af­ter a los­ing draw at Mor­timer West End.

Rashid Choudry (3-55) was the pick of the bowlers as Mor­timer posted a tar­get of 262 for vic­tory but it proved too much to reach with Berks clos­ing on 202-7 with Kashif Mehmood (60) and Amer Aziz (43) top scor­ing.

A half cen­tury from Mo­hamed Ri­fas Ab­dul Azeez helped

WOOD­LEY pre­serve third spot with a win­ning draw against Wood­cote.

Azeez (55) and Pahi­rathan Sel­varat­nam (31) led the charge as the hosts were bowled out for 204, a tar­get never re­ally threat­ened by Wood­cote.

But Wood­ley could not quite force home the vic­tory with the visi­tors cling­ing on at 154-9, de­spite three wick­ets apiece for Ar­shad Mo­hamed and Rizmy Nil­amdeen.

KNOWL HILL’S tough sea­son in Di­vi­sion 2 con­tin­ued with a fivewicket de­feat to Welford Park 2s.

Still with just one reg­u­la­tion win all year, Knowl bat­ted out their overs, scor­ing 151-.7 with Ian Mill­son (64) im­press­ing.

Ju­lian Fer­nando (3-45) was the pick of the bowlers in re­ply, but Welford got over the line in the 40th over.

Arvind Bhat took five wick­ets as WOK­ING­HAM 6s edged past Sul­ham­stead and Ufton 3s by 35 runs.

It was a far from vin­tage bat­ting dis­play from the Oaks, bowled out for 149 with Steve Ben­dall (37) top scor­ing.

But Bhat ex­celled with the ball, post­ing fig­ures of 5-22 to dis­miss Sul­ham­stead for 114.

It was an even closer affair in the Di­vi­sion 3 clash be­tween CROWTHORNE AND CROWN WOOD 3s and EAR­LEY 2s.

The lo­cal bat­tle was in the bal­ance af­ter a first in­nings which saw Crowthorne all out for 143 with Vishi Dug­gina (46) the lead­ing scorer while Shiv Mu­niyappa (2-4) did well with the ball.

Saqib Javed scored 30 in the chase but John Car­tledge’s four­wicket haul helped the hosts bowl out Ear­ley for 129 to give the Crows a 14-run vic­tory. SHIN­FIELD 3s were beaten by 96 runs by West Read­ing 3s, de­spite a five-wicket haul from San­deep Bharat, while WALTHAM ST LAWRENCE 2s con­ceded their fixture with Mor­timer.

Pic­ture: Steve Smyth

Wood­ley’s Amol Lotke at the crease

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