08:58AM, Thursday 29 August 2019
Cookham Dean managed to dig themselves out of a difficult situation to beat relegation rivals Amersham at Whyteladyes Lane on Saturday.
Batting first Cookham managed 187 runs before being bowled out in the 50th over. Ben Millar (31), Qureshi (61) and Greg Davis (44) stood out for the hosts.
Having made 187 from 49.3 overs, Dean were staring down the barrel of defeat when Amersham raced away to 135-4 with their captain Andrew Viney (20) and overseas player Maduka Liyanapathiranage (21) at the crease.
But they held their nerve and crucial wickets from Yasir Qureshi (4-21) and Wasim Ahmed (2-32) to remove the pair turned the tide in the home side’s favour.
Amersham came within seven runs of victory but the home side, captained by Millar, pitched them out for 181 for a win that sees them leapfrog their rivals to move out of the bottom two.
Now just a point above second bottom Amersham, Dean are still fighting for their Home Counties Division 2 future ahead of Saturday’s trip to in-form Burnham.
“Yeah it was a good performance,” said Millar. “We were 20-2 and then 78-5 so to get 180 plus I think was a good effort.
“We’d probably back ourselves to defend that on our own ground.
“They got off to a good start with the powerplay but in the end we were just too strong for them.
“Even when their captain and overseas player were in I had confidence in our bowlers. That was a difficult situation for us but we stuck at it and took our catches.
“Yasir bowled very well. He got Maduka out at a very good time when it seemed the game was slipping away.
“Wasim returned and got the captain out and from there we knew we had a chance. It was a real team effort on Saturday. All 11 guys contributed and we took all of our catches so yeah, we were delighted.”
Burnham beat Dean pretty comprehensively earlier in the season, but Millar knows they’ll probably need a reversal of that to stay in Home Counties Division 2 next season.
“It’s very tight,” he said. “Amersham are a very strong side so they definitely have it in them to win their last two games so that has to be our target as well.
“Burnham beat us pretty well last time out but they’ll have to use a few more bowling options this weekend so that might make a difference.”
Rizwan Nadeem’s side won again at the weekend, beating Oxford Downs by 35 runs at the Memorial Ground.
Fahad Raja (77) and Raza Ali Dar (66) were the mainstays of their innings as the hosts put on 266 before being bowled out. In response Oxford got to 231 before being pitched out with Shaan Khan (3-52) and Ali Dar (3-44) doing much of the damage.
Datchet’s luck finally turned as they beat Horspath by 96 runs on Saturday.
The third placed side dominated with both bat and ball, putting on 304-8 from their overs, with Bobby Sher smashing 71, before dismissing their hosts for 208.
The side’s two Olivers – Smithson (3-40) and Birts (3-23) – both took three wickets as Horspath folded in 48.3 overs. Steven Naylor’s side are now just 13 points behind second placed Banbury ahead of Saturday’s home game against bottom club Slough.
Slough look all but certain to be relegated after this weekend’s 40-run defeat at Banbury. Chasing 215-6 – in which Oliver Clarke struck an unbeaten 88 – Slough were bowled out for just 175 in 40.3 overs. Saif Zaib faced 47 deliveries for his 39.
Oliver Wright was the home side’s top bowler with 4-49.
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