Five-wicket Shukla keeps Shinfield on top
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.
Woodley’s Amol Lotke at the crease