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Thames Valley League round-up: Wargrave keep TVL Division 1 title rivals at bay

Imran Malik

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WARGRAVE: Imran Malik made an undefeated 83 as Wargrave beat Stoke Green to remain on course for the TVL Division 1 title as well as promotion.

A couple of impressive stands with Josh Sivier (55) and Ashera Mahavidanalage (63) helped Neal Robinson’s men post a total of 258-4 from 50 overs. Mandip Sohi helped get Wargrave off to a positive start, blasting a quickfire 27 from 22 balls.

Mahavidanalage also played a key part in Wargrave’s bowling effort, taking 3-22 as Green were skittled for 172 in the 35th over.

Mark Firth (3-42) also chipped in with a couple of key names further up the order, removing Karanpreet Singh (41) and Saqlain Basharat (15).

Wargrave visit Slough 2nds on Saturday afternoon.

NORTH MAIDENHEAD: The title is still within North Maidenhead’s reach after they comprehensively beat bottom side Hayes by 200 runs.

Faheem Quereshi (178) and Sahaan John (173) made their opposition toil in the field as they put on a staggering opening partnership of 336. Both men eventually holed out but the damage was already done as the hosts racked up a first innings score of 436-3 off 50 overs.

Harmanpreet Singh Johal (72) led the resistance for the visitors but they were eventually bowled out for 236 leaving North Maids just seven points off the top of the TVL Division 1 table.

Imran Butt's side are back in action at close rivals Stoke Green on Saturday.

BOYNE HILL: A century from Matthew Leipold helped Boyne Hill chase down their target of 291 runs to win against High Wycombe.

The hosts posted a defendable total thanks to opener John Stevens (120) who stuck it out in the midday heat for 148 balls. But in reply, Leipold led the way as he made 129 off 114 balls with Hamid Riaz chipping in with a valuable 89 of his own.

Hill knocked off the runs in 46.1 overs for the loss of four wickets.

WINDSOR: Relegation has now been confirmed for Windsor after they lost by two wickets away at Marlow. The visitors needed to win to keep their slim mathematical hopes of survival alive but they could only muster 171 with the bat.

Marlow knew a victory was crucial in their bid to beat the drop from TVL Division 2a and skipper Imran Nawaz got their chase off to a strong start with 61 off 50 balls.

Graeme Paskins also made an unbeaten 30 as Marlow knocked off the required runs in 38.4 overs, condemning Windsor to relegation.

MAIDENHEAD & BRAY: A win over third-placed Tring Park 2s gave Maidenhead & Bray’s survival hopes a shot in the arm. Ewan Harris (3-36) was the pick of the bowlers as he helped restrict the visitors to a modest 198-5 off their 50 overs.

In reply, skipper Kieran Grey batted nicely for his 52 while George Parsons made 38 before he was run out.

It was left to Ben Ward (10no) and Faizal Aziz (9no) to guide the hosts home with 15 balls to spare, securing a much-needed 20 points towards TVL Division 2a safety.

HURST: Hurst moved up to third place in the TVL Division 2b following a 48-run victory over Finchampstead 2s.

Runs flowed at the top of the order with Max Carroll (49) and Lewis Smith (76) providing a firm foundation to help the visitors reach 239-8 off their 50 overs.

Not content with their performance with the bat, both men went on to star with the ball in hand as Smith claimed figures of 4-33 and Carroll 3-34 as they bowled their opponents out for 191.

TAPLOW: A safe mid-table finish is assured for Taplow despite their 24-run loss to High Wycombe 3s at the weekend.

After winning the toss, the hosts batted first with opener Chris Russell reaching 98 before he was caught off the bowling of Habib Khan. A target of 204 to win looked achievable for Taplow but their hopes were dented when Irtaza Shahzad (6) and Khan (0) fell cheaply.

Farhan Qureshi (44) steadied the ship but the visitors fell short after being bowled out for 179.

WHITE WALTHAM: The top of the table clash in the TVL Division 4a ended in humbling fashion for White Waltham as they suffered a 132-run defeat.

League leaders Sonning posted a competitive 242-8 thanks to the batting of opener Duncan Parr who notched 115.

But Waltham stuttered in their response with only Chris Metherell (10) and Jonathan Dunkley (12) reaching double figures as the second-placed side were bowled out for 110.

WOOBURN NARKOVIANS: Batsmen from both sides cashed in on Saturday as more than 600 runs were scored in the TVL Division 4b clash between Wooburn Narkovians and Ickenham 2s.

Wooburn’s decision to put the visitors into bat didn’t pay off, with Steve Gibson making an unbeaten 146 and Jack Hayward making 117 to help their side towards 357-3 off 45 overs.

The hosts gave their daunting run chase a good go, with Henry Breckenridge (98) and Mick Farnon (55) both scoring well. But it did not prove to be enough as Narkovians were bowled out for 295.

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