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TVL round-up: Yasir Qureshi and Simret Mangat help Cookham Dean beat North Maidenhead by five wickets

COOKHAM DEAN CC

Yasir Qureshi and Simret Mangat shared a sixth wicket stand of 155 as Cookham Dean beat North Maidenhead by five wickets on Saturday.

Having been inserted on their own patch, North Maidenhead scraped together 154 runs for the loss of nine wickets from their 40 overs. Imran Butt was the best of their batsmen, making 34, while Jahngir Zaman added 23 further down the order. But the home side’s efforts at the crease were stifled by Cookham’s bowling attack, with Sohil Mangat (2-41), Scott Harris (2-29), Simret Mangat (2-11) and Yasir Qureshi (2-35) each bagging a brace of wickets.

Cookham rarely looked troubled in their reply, with Patrick Castleden opening with 23 before he fell to Saleem Ahmed (4-28). Further wickets fell as Mohammad Ilyas (7), Fergus Nutt (13) and Sohil Mangat (11) all departed before Qureshi (46) and Mangat (48) eased the visitors to victory with three overs to spare and five wickets in hand.

The result lifts Dean to seventh in the table, with North Maidenhead now rock bottom of the Division 1 table on just 42 points.

Dean host Stoke Green on Saturday while North Maidenhead travel to Beaconsfield.

*Former groundsman of the year Steve Rouse visited Cookham Dean this week with the club looking to upgrade every aspect of its playing area.

Rouse was the head groundsman at Edgbaston for 16 years and prepared many test wickets for crucial international clashes. Following a lengthy and productive conversation with Cookham’s groundsman Maz Razzaq (left), the club will now follow Rouse’s instruction for improving the surface. Cookham are due to end their home season on Saturday, September 19.

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HURST CC

In TVL Division 2B second placed Hurst kept leaders Reading in their sights with a five wicket win at Thatcham Town.

Having elected to bat in difficult conditions the home side were bowled out for just 102 in 36.4 overs. Jamie Young made 27 for Thatcham but Smith (4-15) and Hurst’s bowling attack held the upper hand.

Hurst lost a few wickets in their reply but were rarely in any danger of falling short of their target. They eased to 103-5 in the 29th over, with Lovegrove top scoring with 26.

Hurst can close the gap further on the leaders when they host them this weekend. After seven matches they currently have 116 points and are 23 points adrift of Reading.

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SONNING CC

Sonning dropped down to fourth in TVL Division 3A on Saturday after losing by two wickets to Aldershot.

Having been put into bat the visitors made just 151-6 from their 40 overs, with Mark Richards helping himself to 50 runs. But, with Calum Grover surviving through to the end to make 47 not out, Aldershot squeezed home for victory with two wickets in hand, with the game going down to the very last ball.

James Kennealy made 3-31 for Sonning. Sonning take on Boyne Hill 2nds at home this weekend.

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TAPLOW CC vs ROYAL ASCOT CC

Taplow remain rooted to the bottom of TVL Division 3A after Saturday’s eight wicket defeat to Royal Ascot.

Having been inserted on their own wicket, Taplow scraped together 104 runs before being dismissed in the 37th over. Yasir Khawaja held their innings together, making 40, but Harry Watson (3-17) and Mike Brown (3-19) gave the visitors the upper hand at the changeover.

Ascot then took little time to chase down their total, needing just 27.1 overs to reach 110-2, with Joshua Jayasingh leading the way with an undefeated 47. Ascot will host leaders Windsor this Saturday while Taplow are in action at Cove 2nds.

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WINDSOR CC vs WHITE WALTHAM CC

Leaders Windsor maintained their position at the top of TVL Division 3A with a three-wicket win over White Waltham at Home Park. Kai Ziemkendorf led the way with the ball, taking 4-29, as Windsor skittled their visitors for just 82 runs. Ollie Jordan was also on form, taking 3-16 as Waltham crumbled.

However, in tricky conditions, this was a day when the ball dominated the bat, and Windsor lost seven wickets of their own before edging to victory in the 32nd over. Luke Beard (3-21) and Cloudesley Long (4-11) both impressed for Waltham, but they couldn’t defend such a paltry total.

Windsor make the trip to Ascot this weekend while Waltham are at home to Finchampstead 3rds.

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FARNHAM ROYAL CC

Farnham Royal managed to defend their total of 171 for a 15-run victory over TVL Division 3B leaders Harefield 2nds on Saturday. Having won the toss and opted to bat, Royal made 171-10 from 38.3 overs, with M Shave (45) and B Mohammed (34) the standout performers at the crease. Their efforts were matched by those of N Hirani (3-26) and A Seymour (3-28), however, to leave the outcome firmly in the balance at the changeover.

Harefield got close in their reply, with H Lippiat making 27, however, Mohammed’s 5-43 turned the game in Royal’s favour as the visitors ground out 156-9 from their 40 overs.

The victory moves Royal up to fifth, just 25 points behind the leaders Harefield, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Wraysbury. Wraysbury’s match at Burnham 2nds this weekend was cancelled without a ball being bowled.

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MARLOW CC

Marlow’s hopes of getting into the title picture in the same division suffered a blow as they lost by five wickets to OMT.

Having opted to bat on winning the toss the home side managed 109 before being bowled out in the 37th over. Graeme Paskins top scored for them with 22, while A Amin took 2-27 for the visitors.

With O Karim top scoring with 32, OMT had little difficulty knocking off the runs, reaching their target for the loss of five wickets in the 26th over. B Peel took 3-26 for the home side. Fourth placed Marlow visit leaders Harefield on Saturday.

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WOOBURN NARKOVIANS CC

In Division 5A Farnham Common’s title challenge is well and truly on track as they defeated Wooburn Narkovians by 110 runs on Saturday.

Visitors Common would have expected a tough afternoon against the third placed side, but they eased to victory in comfortable fashion.

Having been put into bat they managed 204-6 from their 40 overs, with Felix Dibsdall top scoring with an undefeated 73. He was well supported at the crease by Ross Antrobus (45) and Tyron Miso (46) as the visitors made light of the challenging conditions. With Hassan Malick (5-11) in fine form they then made short shrift of the Narkovians’ batting line up, skittling them out for just 94 runs in less than 31 overs.

Common lead the table by 27 points from Wraysbury 2nds. Common host Ickenham 3rds on Saturday while Narkovians travel to Slough 4ths.

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