Home Counties Cricket: Wargrave reach revised target to defeat Burnham

Wargrave’s Imran Malik

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In Division 2 Wargrave picked up their first win of the season with nine-wicket win over Burnham using the Duckworth/Lewis method.

Having been put into bat Burnham managed 204-6 from their 50 overs with opener Rahim Akhtar top scoring with 68 from 109 balls. Shaan Khan finished on 39no and Syed Yousuf Tameen (40) also did well but the run rate slowed dramatically through the middle and lower order meaning three Burnham batsmen didn’t get the chance to go out into the middle.

With intermittent and heavy rain showers threatening an abandonment, Wargrave were set a revised target of 86 from 20 overs, and they got home for the loss of only one wicket with four overs to spare. Imran Malik finished on 28 not out with Sam Warren top scoring with 39. Muddassar Nawaz took Burnham’s only wicket.

Wargrave sit fourth in the table, one point behind third placed Slough whose home game with Chesham was abandoned with Slough chasing a revised target of 149 from 50 overs. They were on 84-3 in the 17th over when the heavens opened, and the players never made it back on. Chesham sit bottom of the table, a couple of points behind Burnham.

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Datchet remain top of Home Counties Division 1 by just a point from Henley, despite their 66-run loss to High Wycombe on Saturday.

Set a revised target of 255 to win from 44 overs, Joe Barrett’s side collapsed from being 128 for 3 to 188 all out in less than 39 overs.

Having been inserted in damp conditions, High Wycombe set about building a challenging total, with impressive contributions from opener Eliot Callis (59), Conrad Louth (63) and Edmund Casterton (45). Datchet’s bowlers doggedly stuck to their task, with Ben Brookes finishing with figures of 3-33 and Bobby Sher taking 3-34. Oliver Smithson, Oliver Haley, Steven Naylor all took two wickets apiece, however, much of the damage was done by the likes of Louth and Callis in the top order as Wycombe raced away to 230-4 before being reeled in. Datchet also began reasonably well with the bat, with Barrett making 51 and Billy Mead (29), Brookes (28) and Haley (27) all making decent starts. But they weren’t able to build on them and a poor lower order display saw them bowled out someway short of their target having already fallen well behind the required rate. Sam Parry finished with the best of Wycombe’s figures taking 4-28.

Perennial title challengers Henley have moved up to second after reaching their revised target of 119 to beat Thame Town.

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