05:29PM, Thursday 17 September 2020
Photo credit Pinkneys Green CC
Pinkneys Green 2nds secured the Morrant Chilterns League Division 2 title on Saturday with an 18-run victory over local rivals Holyport.
Batting first the Green started slowly after the early loss of opener Darren Craythorne. James Hemmings (19) and Chris Heyes cautiously repaired the damage with a second wicket stand of 67.
This provided a platform for an acceleration in scoring in the second half of the innings, Heyes top scoring with 56, whilst Mike Elliott (25 not out), captain Matt Harding (18) and Teginda Kaleka (16) provided valuable runs down the order as the Green were bowled out for 173 in the final over. Hayes was the pick of the Holyport bowlers with three wickets.
With league leaders Denham not playing, Pinkneys knew a successful defence of their total would be enough to be crowned champions. Holyport started their pursuit with purpose reaching 31 without loss in the first six overs. Two wickets in two balls from man of the match Heyes pegged the home team back, quickly followed by a third. It was then the turn of his opening batting partner Craythorne to impress with the ball, taking 2-24 in a tidy spell, the second wicket featuring a great catch by Anthony Fuller. Holyport continued to press their claim for victory, Head top scoring with 36, but the return of Heyes to the attack saw him take his fourth wicket, and signalled the beginning of the end, as the innings closed on 155 and allowed the celebrations to begin.
This title win, albeit in a shortened season, reflects a magnificent renaissance for the second string who were in danger of folding at the end of last season.
W Back at the Green the 1st XI closed their Morrant Chiltern & Mid Bucks Premiership campaign with a comfortable win over Coleshill. An entertaining knock of 84 by Vinay Mopur was the highlight of a first innings total of 245. In reply the visitors were bowled out for 169,
Will Heyes taking 4-22 to complete a good day’s cricket following a score of 40 with the bat. This means Pinkneys finish runners up.
Braywood have wrapped up the Chilterns League Championship title after Ley Hill conceded their league game on Saturday, handing them 35 points.
Braywood managed to arrange a friendly match against Ealing’s 5th team and ran out comfortable winners.
Usman Rasheed smashed 108 runs, hitting four sixes in the process, while fellow opener Obi Sarwar managed 58 to get the home side off to a positive start. Shabaz Choudry finished the innings on 53 not out and Muddaser Ali added 47 as Braywood put on a commanding total of 314-6 from their 40 overs. Kamran Ahmed then got his teeth into Ealing’s batting line-up taking 5-11 while Choudry finished with figures of 3-9 as Ealing collapsed to a 185-run defeat.
LITTLEWICK GREEN CC
Littlewick Green played out a remarkable tie with Shinfield in their Championship match on Saturday.
Shinfield batted first on winning the toss and managed 203-7 from their 40 overs, a feat Green matched for the loss of just one more wicket. Naveed Naseer (62) and Muhammad Hafeez (47) were two of the mainstays of Shinfield’s innings, while Kirk Graham and Zeeshan Ali worked hard for their figures of 3-27 and 3-32 respectively.
In reply Green will have been disappointed not to snatch victory after Adrian Hurley finished on 47 not out and Graham made 39. Junaid Akhtar managed 28 before falling to Sudhir Nair (2-52). Their chase went right to the final ball, but a wicket was taken with the scores level and the match was tied.
Holyport wrapped up their campaign with a 55-run win over Chalfont St Giles in Chilterns League Division 1.
Having won the toss and elected to bat Holyport made 221-9 from their 40 overs, with Omar Khan there at the end on 48 not out. Daniyal Mumtaz added 36 and Zoheb Khan made 34 as Port put on a par total.
However, it was Holyport’s bowling attack that really excelled. Chalfont’s top order were skittled for relatively few runs, but Paul Plested (95) fell just short of his century. Zak Rasool took 3-29 and Bhavik Patel (2-39) and Khan (2-26) both took two wickets apiece as Port wrapped victory.
LITTLE MARLOW CC
Ollie Williams struck 80 runs to help Emmbrook and Bearwood to a 39-run win over Little Marlow on Saturday.
Having won the toss Emmbrook put on a sizable total of 215-9 from their 40 overs, with Uzair Hassan (4-50) and Umar Islam (3-32) attempting to keep them in check.
Several batsmen got their eye in, but few went on to get a big total. Anwar Mahmood and Mohammed Yaqoob both made 22 and Syed Waqas hit 28.
Top scorer was Sai Pavan Kumar on 44 not out, but he ran out of partners with Marlow 39 runs shy of their target.
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