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Thames Valley Cricket League round-up: Habib Khan and Sahan Nanayakarra take seven-wicket hauls

TAPLOW CC

A seven-wicket haul from the experienced Habib Khan ensured a four-wicket success for Taplow 1sts over hosts Cookham Dean 2nds in a low scoring match at Whyteladyes Lane.

Salah Mahmood hit a 64-ball 50 for the Dean, but he was the only one of the home side’s batsmen to make a decent tally before the team was dismissed for 94 in the 29th over.

Three batsmen made 11 while three made ducks. The wily Habib Khan took 7-36 from 14 overs while Asif Khan bagged 2-6 and Matt Newman 1-18.

Taplow were made to work hard to reach their modest target as Simret Mangat (4-36) in particular applied pressure.

From 56-5 it took 30 not out from Tyler Goodhram and 22 from Ketan Patil to get Taplow across the line for the loss of six wickets.

The victory moves Taplow up to second in TVL Division 4B ahead of their clash with Slough 2nds on Saturday, while fifth-placed Dean are away to Marlow 2nds.

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COOKHAM DEAN CC

Leaders Cookham Dean dominated this top-versus-bottom clash with Reading in TVL Division 1 eventually winning by 152 runs.

The star for Dean was Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Sahan Nanayakkarra who finished with remarkable figures of 7-10 from 8.5 overs as hosts Reading were skittled for a paltry 33 in under 17 overs.

Wasim Ahmed, the only other bowler used, took 2-19 from eight overs.

Reading’s highest run scorer was Sukhi Kang who made 16, while six of the batsmen were dismissed for nought on a difficult day for the struggling home side.

Earlier in the day, Dean reached 185-7 from their 52 overs after Patrick Castleden (38) and Nadir Mehmood (49) had batted well together at the top of the order after the early loss of captain Ben Millar.

The middle order wobbled but knocks of 32 from Yasir Qureshi, 21 not out from Nanayakkarra and 15 not out from Rory Millar took Dean to what proved to be more than enough runs.

Max Uttley was the best of Reading’s bowlers with 3-47 from 17 overs.

Dean, who top the table by 27 points from Stoke Green, host eight-placed Henley 2nds on Saturday.

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NORTH MAIDENHEAD CC

Sahaan John and Usman Ilyas took nine wickets between them to engineer North Maidenhead’s 44-run success over Slough 2nds in TVL Division 1.

Choosing the bat first, visitors North Maids hit 209 all out in the last of their 52 overs with John (58) and Shafiq Khan (55) both making half-centuries while Ilyas (32) and No.9 Qamer Shan (37) produced useful knocks.

Early wickets set up North Maids’ strong position although a partnership from Mohammed Awais (33) and Raheem Akhtar (51) threatened to turn the match.

However John (5-66) and Ilyas (4-59) bowled tidily, ensuring victory came with more than 10 overs remaining.

North Maids host Cove on Saturday.

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BOYNE HILL CC

Boyne Hill suffered a heavy eight-wicket loss away to TVL Division 1 rivals Cove on Saturday as their bowlers struggled to defend a modest total.

The Hill won the toss and batted, making 165 in 45 overs with only Hamid Riaz (65) going on to a big score.

Sajid Ali made 30 while only three others reached double figures and that included the last-wicket pairing of Alex Bartlett (10no) and Naveed Zaigham (11).

The hosts knocked off the runs in 32 overs for the loss of only two wickets.

The Hill host Henley 2nds on Saturday.

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MAIDENHEAD & BRAY CC

Maidenhead & Bray 1sts managed to cling on for a draw after being off the pace against Chesham 2nds in Division 2A.

The Bucks side smashed 297-6 from 52 overs with Jamie Anderson (109), Mark Hughes-D’Aeth (68) and Henry White (66) doing the bulk of the scoring.

Max Thomas took 3-52 and Alkesh Vaja 2-53 after a tough day in the field.

Thomas was also prominent with the ball for Bray, making a well-made 59 at No.3 while George Parsons hit 49.

No other batsmen made more than 13 meaning No.9 Ben Howard (10no) and No.11 Vaja (8no) had to dig deep to stave off defeat for the visitors.
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MARLOW CC

Marlow were dominant over Kidmore End in their Division 2A encounter, eventually winning by 142 runs.

Marlow crashed 292-6 declar- ed from 49 overs with all eight batsmen reaching double figures led by Nick Paskins (58) and Barney Hogg (47).

Kidmore were always struggling to keep up with the pace when they came to bat especially when Jeremy Batty brought himself on to bowl.

The skipper and off-spinner took 6-29 in 15 overs, including the match-winning wicket in the final over, to earn his side victory.

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WHITE WALTHAM CC

In Division 4A, White Waltham were beaten by 107 runs at home to Binfield who batted first and made 283.

Jaitej Walia took 3-53, Dan Molloy 2-49 and James Nunn 2-43.

Waltham were skittled for 176 in 41 overs with Chris Metherell (48) and Max Ring (40no) top scoring.

Molloy also hit a useful 29 but it was not enough to prevent the home side sliding to defeat.

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