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Chilterns League: Littlewick Green's title hopes dashed by appalling batting display

Kirk Graham

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Littlewick Green’s hopes of putting themselves back in title contention were dashed by an appalling batting display at Little Gaddesden on Saturday.

The third placed visitors were bowled out for a paltry 91 runs in less than 30 overs, with Steve Jones taking 4-20 for the hosts.

Adrian Hurley departed without scoring and Kirk Graham (2) quickly followed him back to the pavilion as Green’s innings began in the worst possible fashion.

A modicum of respectability was provided by Junaid Akhtar’s 32, but all hopes were quashed when he was caught by Chris Bracewell off Andre Jordache’s bowling (1-5).

It was Jamie Jordache who had the biggest say, however, scoring 81 not out as second from bottom Gaddesden cantered to their target for the loss of four wickets in 22.2 overs. Kirk Graham took three wickets and also ran out Ross Barrington.

Littlewick will hope to bounce back at home to second placed Downley on Saturday.

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Pinkneys Green fell 68 runs short of their target in Saturday’s demoralising defeat to Monks Risborough in Chilterns League Division 1.

Chasing 217 all out from 46 overs, Green were dismissed for 149 in 39 overs.

The home side got off to a terrific start when Monks’ openers Subhan Ul-Haq (7) and Mohammed Amjad (8) were removed, but Hamza (33) and Irfan (30) pushed the visitors past the 100 mark, while chunky contributions also arrived further down the order from Farooq Butt (33) and Wasim Raja (35) as Green struggled to snuff out the tail.

The best of Green’s bowlers was Will Heyes, who took 4-51, while Chandu Sekar Bandla took 3-44.

Pinkney’s response with the bat began reasonably well, with Sheyan Patel making 31 and Jagsit Dhillon top scoring with 40. But their hopes fizzled out pretty quickly with Irfan taking 4-44.

They were bowled out for 149 in the 39th over.

Green get back to action at Denham on Saturday.

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Braywood failed to chase Harpsden’s total of 233-9, but clung on for a losing share of the spoils in Saturday’s drawn Berkshire, Mid Bucks and Chilterns Cricket League clash.

After winning the toss Braywood were made to toil in the heat, as openers Blake Hogan-Keogh (46) and Adam Birkett (82) went on the attack.

Shahbaz Khan took 4-32 to keep the home side in contention, but Harpsden kept the pressure on with the ball to ensure they never came close to chasing.

Waqar Hussain was dismissed for 15 while fellow opener Prijith Vijayan made 45 before being caught and bowled by Abdul Khaliq (3-38). Khan added 34 and Faisal Malik made 32 but when their wickets were taken Braywood were forced to play for a draw.

Yaser Ahmed’s unbeaten 24 and Uddin’s 10no were crucial in enabling them to do this.

They go to Peppard Stoke Row on Saturday.

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