Wargrave re­main un­de­feated

The Wokingham Paper - - SPORT - By TOM CROCKER tcrocker@wok­ing­ham­pa­per.co.uk

NEAL ROBIN­SON’S knock of 76 helped Wargrave pre­serve their un­beaten start to the Di­vi­sion 2b sea­son.

Al­though Robin­son and co slip to third fol­low­ing their draw against Royal As­cot, they have still not been de­feated this year and are now just five points off top spot.

Upon win­ning the toss Wargrave opted to bat first but lost Will Al­lum (17) and Luke Tay­lor (18) be­fore they could put a real mark in the score­board.

Opener Mandip Sohi reached 27 only to also lose his wicket, leav­ing Wargrave on 73-3, but a fine part­ner­ship be­tween Michael Cowdell (39) and Robin­son (76no) put them in good shape.

Sam Bow­ers also added 25 as the hosts closed on 238-7.

In the first of nine weeks of tra­di­tional matches as op­posed to straight win/lose matches, As­cot knew they could take a draw if the tar­get proved too much to reach.

And that was ex­actly how the sec­ond in­nings panned out with Jack Clark post­ing im­pres­sive fig­ures of 4-47.

But As­cot re­gained some com­po­sure from 91-5 to reach 178-8,

down in no small part to a 115 from James Wens­ley, and earn a draw. HURST stay bot­tom of the ta­ble but they did pick up a draw at WOK­ING­HAM 2s.

Aside from a game washed out by the rain, Hurst had lost all their games this sea­son but Alex Kayser (95no) led their charge against the Oaks.

James Watt (40) and Kelvin Bail­lie (34) also con­trib­uted well to the tally of 222-8 with John McDon­ald (3-44) the pick of the bowlers.

But Wok­ing­ham threat­ened to chase it down with im­por­tant scores from Tanseef Me­hdi (38) and Jack Fisher (49) be­fore an un­beaten 53 by Ben Myles looked to push home the vic­tory.

But the overs ran out with the Oaks on 215-5, mean­ing they had to set­tle for a draw.

FIN­CHAMP­STEAD 2s stay sev­enth fol­low­ing de­feat at Thatcham Town.

Half cen­turies from Rus­sell Lane (85) and Ed Oliver (53) helped Finches to a to­tal of

204-8 and bril­liant bowling from Andy Lazen­bury (5-28) set up a thrilling finish, but Thatcham got over the line with one wicket to spare. EVER­S­LEY have tum­bled down to sixth in 2a af­ter back-to-back de­feats.

Lead­ers just two weeks ago, the Boars have slipped fol­low­ing a 54run loss against Hayes.

Chris Last (3-75) was the pick of the bowlers as Hayes posted a tar­get of 270 for vic­tory, but Ever­s­ley fell short de­spite a knock of 55 from James Magowan.

Three wick­ets apiece for Matt Bell and Henry Leach guided

FIN­CHAMP­STEAD 3s out of the 3a rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Seek­ing a first vic­tory of the sea­son, Finches posted a to­tal of 230 all out with Liam Matthews (36) top scor­ing.

But Wooburn Narko­vians were chas­ing down that tally, only to be bowled out 15 runs short of vic­tory with Bell and Leach do­ing most of the dam­age. SON­NING’S strug­gles con­tin­ued with a heavy 145-run de­feat at NPL in 3b.

Now down to eighth and just one point off the foot of the ta­ble, Son­ning failed to make a mean­ing­ful break­through with the ball as NPL closed on 316-2.

Nigel Jackson (44) and Mark Richards (31) top scored in re­ply but the in­nings was cut short af­ter be­ing bowled out for 171.

In 4a, a fine all-round dis­play from Alex Jackson helped BINFIELD to a big win at Read­ing 2s.

Jackson’s un­beaten 40 as well as fine scores from Chris Mor­gan (57), Steven Car­son (64) and Mike Staves (86) saw Binfield reach 298-4, where they de­clared.

And they had more than enough overs left to finish the job with Jackson (5-28) tear­ing through the Read­ing or­der, which crum­bled to 90 all out.

WARGRAVE 2s have been knocked off the top of 5b fol­low­ing de­feat at Alder­shot 2s.

Wargrave looked well placed af­ter a first in­nings score of 261-8 with Char­lie Moss (98) and Matthew Town­son (41) the top scor­ers.

Kam Hanif (3-34) was also in form with the ball in re­ply, but Alder­shot reached the tar­get to win by three wick­ets in the 46th over.

An un­beaten 56 from Mathew Sal­ter guided EVER­S­LEY 2s to a four-wicket win at WOK­ING­HAM 3s.

Af­ter Rezaul Roni and James Berger-North had both taken three wick­ets apiece to re­duce the Oaks to 151 all out, Sal­ter and Saranya Mad­ina (34) got Ever­s­ley over the line with ease. SON­NING 2s stay sec­ond bot­tom af­ter a seven-wicket home loss against Falk­land 3s.

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