Defeat for Taplow slows title charge as clubs head into final straight

Defeat for Taplow slows title charge as clubs head into final straight

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Graeme Copas

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Defeat for Taplow slows title charge as clubs head into final straight

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Taplow still remain well placed to lift the Division 1 title, but their momentum was halted on Saturday after losing to Penn & Tylers Green by 13 runs.

Playing at Ten Acres, the visitors hit 209 from 52 overs despite decent bowling from Taplow’s Tafeez Kazim (4-52), Habib Khan (3-59) and Javed Khan (2-30).

The home side lost their way initially, and although Guli Mohammed (27) and Kazim (25) made starts, they slipped to 86-5 at one stage.

The experienced Habib Khan (47) led a fightback supported by Andy Mills (29) and Javed Khan (24).

After rebuilding to 180-6, the tail was removed for the addition of 16 runs as Taplow ended on 196 with 14 deliveries remaining.

Second-placed Taplow, who have a game in hand on leaders Binfield, are at bottom-placed Amersham Hill on Saturday.

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Top knocks from Arslan Yaseen and Adrian Hurley steered Littlewick to a five-wicket success over Chalfont St Giles.

Last season’s Division 1 champions struggled with the ball as the visitors amassed 258-7 declared from 51 overs with Alex Hardy hitting 18.

Mo Kamran was the best of the bowlers with 3-58.

The run chase went well for Littlewick with Yaseen hitting 108 and Hurley 66 as the hosts got home with five wickets and eight deliveries to spare.

*Littlewick Green 2nds are champions of Division 4 after their eight-wicket success over Amersham Hill 2nds.

Amersham were restricted to 180-9 from their 52 overs with Zeeshan Ali bagging 5-30.

Ali then led the way with the bat, hitting 69 not out as Littlewick won by eight wickets with 12 overs left.

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Six overs lost to rain in the second innings may have been crucial in what was a high scoring draw for Division 2 title favourites Holyport at Coleshill.

Holyport hit 296 with Will Sennett (138) and Andy Rolls (55) scoring freely.

The hosts put up a strong chase, and with spinner Paul Morgan taking 4-77, all results were possible.

But the rain shortened Coleshill’s response by six overs and they eventually ended on 254-7.

Holyport entertain relegated Englefield on Saturday.

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Pinkneys came away with 11 points from their second versus third clash with Great Kingshill, keeping them in the promotion hunt in Division 2.

In a match which was curtailed by rain, Mike Elliott (64) and Jigsit Dhillon (61) helped guide Pinkneys to 267-7 batting first as all the top eight made double figures.

The loss of 16 overs to rain meant the hosts had little chase of chasing the big total and eventually ended their 32-over stint   on 92-2.

Pinkneys host Coleshill on Saturday.

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Hurley’s impressive recent charge in Division 2 was held up as they settled for a draw against Braywood.

Batting first the hosts Braywood managed 246-7 and their innings was built around the imposing unbeaten century from Nikhil Jathavedan (100).

Jonothan Langlands (2-56) sent back Singh and Ahmed early doors. Vijayan (33) and Jathavedan then set about the bowling to lay the foundation for a big score.

Vik Bhagwani (2-34) chipped away at the batting after skipper Akhtar had broken this destructive partnership. Hurley’s disease of gifting sundries ensured that extras were second top score.

In reply, Hurley fell to 5-2 before Yasir Ali (30) blasted a carefree knock, almost exclusively from one end, as Vijayan held Hurley up with a bewildering 11 maidens in his first 12 overs.

Steve Taylor (35no) put down roots after the fall of the third wicket, while cameos from Furqan (17) and Imran Arshad (19) edged the visitors nervously to 119-7, before the safe hands of Phil Ridgeway (21no) and Taylor steered Hurley to the draw on 150-7.

*Hurley 2nds gained a measure of revenge over The Lee and recorded their second successive victory at Shepherds Lane.

Hurley hit 174 batting first thanks to Mike Walton (13), Alan Morgans (35) and 48 extras.

The Lee were dismissed for 129 with Dave Pollitt taking 4-20.

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Little Marlow extended their winning run, and kept their Division 3 promotion hopes alive with victory at Chalfont St Giles 2nds.

Vishal Puri (3-25) and Jack Goss (2-30) soon had the home side on the ropes at 39-5, but Josh Drage (32no) and Alex Gorton (22) proved to be a real drag for Little Marlow with their stand of 35.

However, the rot was stopped for a short time only as Hassan bowled Gorton and dismissed Oliver Curtis for a duck. Drage shared an eighth wicket stand of 44 with Paul Plested (30), but their total of 139 all out was always likely to be someway short of what was required. Hassan was the pick of the visitors’ bowlers  with 3-17 from 11 overs.

After a faltering start, which saw them fall to 38-4, Imran Ali and Neil Lancum turned the match Little Marlow’s way, adding 45 before Lancum fell for 19.

Cross took 4-38 as Hassan followed Lancum back to the dressing room, but Puri and Andrew St Maur supported Ali’s undefeated 52 as Marlow reached their target for the loss of seven wickets.

*Little Marlow 2nds were bowled out for 151 by Winchmore Hill despite Guy Thistlethwaite’s 43.

The hosts reached their target for the loss of five wickets.

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