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Thames Valley Cricket: Cookham Dean's poor start continues as they lose by six-wickets to Slough 2nds

Scott Harris



Cookham Dean continue to struggle on their return to the Thames Valley League after losing to Slough 2nds by six wickets on Saturday.

They managed 187-6 from their 40 overs, with Mohammed Ilyas (74) and Fergus Nutt (56) the pick of their line up.

But, despite an impressive 3-57 from Scott Harris to remove Slough’s top order, the home side got to their total with plenty of wickets and overs in hand. Hamza Arif (57), Goutham Shrikrishna (72) both made half centuries, while Rizwan Dharani (17no) and Yash Lakhani (10no) finished off the job as Slough reached 190-4 in just 31 overs.

Slough’s first win of the season sees them move up to sixth while Dean are five points off the bottom of the table in eighth. Dean are bac at home on Saturday against Beaconsfield while Slough visit Stoke Green.



In TVL Division 2A Max Thomas’ 126no wasn’t enough as Maidenhead & Bray lost by two wickets to High Wycombe 2nds.

Having won the toss and blasted 255-6 from their 40 overs, Bray must have thought they were well in with a shout of victory, but their batting efforts were more than matched by their hosts who chased them down with two wickets in hand, reaching 259 in the last of their 40 overs. Sam Buckfield got the home side off to the perfect start, hitting 108, and, from a position of 192-7, they got to their target with 24no from Kieran Devereux and 22no from Paul Brzezicki. John Child took figures of 3-38 for Maidenhead & Bray.

Fifth placed Maidenhead & Bray host Amersham 2nds on Saturday.



Hurst suffered their first loss of the new season in Division 2B, going down by two-wickets at home to Finchampstead 2nds.

Batting first they made 243-7 from their 40 overs, with James Watt (54) and Alex Kayser (81) making half centuries to put them in a strong position at the changeover.

However, a fine 122 from opener Matthew Eldridge, who faced 119 balls before falling to Andrew Ruddock (2-48) anchored Finchampstead to victory with five balls to spare. When Eldridge fell with the score on 193-6 their hopes looked to be dashed but Andy Lazenbury picked up the pieces, scoring 44no to get Finchampstead to 244-8 in 39.1 overs.

Third placed Hurst visit Binfield this Saturday.



In Division 3A Boyne Hill 2nds bowled out White Waltham for 164 to win by 89 runs.

Having won the toss Hill got off to a flyer with the bat, as Adam McConkey (48) and Najib Khan (84) scored freely. Oliver McConkey chipped in with a useful 35 further down the order as the home side posted 253-6 from their 40 overs. In response, Waltham attempted to keep pace, with Chris Metherell (15) and Simon Jessup (32) forced to go for their shots. But Nabil Khan kept the top order honest, finishing with 3-32, while the middle and lower order were wrapped up by Jay Lloyd’s impressive 6-17 as Waltham fell well short of their target. White Waltham host Royal Ascot on Saturday.



In the same division Windsor beat Finchampstead 3rds by 119 runs, thanks in part to an inspired bowling display. Having won the toss and made 244-10 from 39.5 overs, Vishal Nair contributing 43 and Mark Lines 62, Windsor managed to bowl Finch out for just 125 runs.

The visitors response was littered with wickets which fell to the likes of Chris Dixon (3-30), Kai Ziemkendorf (2-25) and Charlie Jackson (2-13). Ollie Jordan, Lines and Matthew Lazarczuk also took one wicket apiece. Windsor visit Aldershot on Saturday.



Taplow’s disappointing start to the season continued as they lost by just six runs to Aldershot.

Batting first Aldershot managed 237-5 from 40 overs on an unfamiliar wicket, with Faisal Abbas helping himself to 89 of them. James Ferguson was there on 54no at the end. Mazhair Hussain was the pick of Taplow’s bowlers with 2-32.

In response Taplow scored well initially, with Qumber Naqvi (23) and Farhan Qureshi (62) sharing an opening stand of 27, and Yasi Khawaja timing the ball nicely for his 89. However, when Qureshi departed with the score on 200-4 the run-rate slowed and Taplow ended up six runs short of their target, finishing on 231-7.



Elsewhere in Division 3A a poor top order batting display contributed to Royal Ascot’s 20 run defeat to Sulhamstead & Ufton. Matthew Gill top scored as the visitors made 145-10 in 33.1 overs, but, surprisingly, Ascot fell short of it, slipping to 43-6 before eventually being dismissed for 125-10 in the 35th over. Samm Daniel was their top scorer with 22.



In Division 3B Marlow moved level on points with leaders Farnham Royal after beating Slough 3rds by 103 runs. A fine display by Imran Nawaz (72) with support from Ben Peel (39no) took Marlow to 192-9 from their 40 overs, a target Slough failed to get close to as they were skittled for 89 in 34.2 overs. Nawaz was also the pick of Marlow’s bowlers taking 3-26, while there were two apiece for Harry Spear (2-10) and Phil Lines (2-12). Marlow are home to Burnham 2nds this Saturday.



Farnham Royal hold onto top spot after three rounds, however, after their 112 run win over Burnham 2nds. Chasing 232-4 from 40 overs, Burnham were bowled out for 120 in 29 overs. Harry Barton came close to a century for Royal before Bilal Ahmed took his wicket for 96. Marwan Mohammed added 53 for the visitors. The pick of Royal’s bowlers was Jack Barton with 5-20 while Mohammed took 3-22. Royal host NPL on Saturday.



Local rivals Farnham Common also top their Division 5A table, after they picked up a solid 10-wicket win over Slough 4ths on Saturday. Having bowled Slough out for 183, Ross Antrobus (74no) and Hassan Malick (94no) eased the hosts home in 23 overs.



Pushing them all the way are Wooburn Narkovians who beat Tring Park 3rds by 37 runs. The best of their efforts with the bat went to Mark Tennant who made 51 not out. Ben Barker (3-16) and Ben Webber (3-13) helped keep Tring in check as the visitors were bowled out in 38 overs.



In Division 9b the match between Marlow Park and Maidenhead & Bray 4ths were forfeited by Marlow Park. Maidenhead & Bray collected 22 points.

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