Mixed fortunes for Marlow and Maidenhead & Bray in Thames Valley League

Marlow’s Sergio Feede

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In Division 2A there were mixed fortunes for Marlow and Maidenhead & Bray, with Marlow beating bottom club Amersham 2nds by seven wickets and Bray losing by 117 runs to leaders Henley 2nds.

Bray have failed to win a match all season, so the last thing they’d have wanted was a game against the division’s pacesetters.

Having won the toss Henley elected to bat and made 237-9 declared off 50 overs, with Euan Brock reaching an impressive 115. Faizal Aziz chipped away for the home side taking 3-77. Bray haven’t shown the kind of form to chase that kind of total this summer and, although they made a decent fist of holding out for a draw, they were eventually bowled out for 120 in the 50th over. Kieran Grey and Jeevan Singh both made 26.

Marlow remain level with Henley at the top after their home win over Amersham. If anything, their victory was even more emphatic than Henley’s, with Amersham bowled out for 96 in the 33rd over. Harry Spear took 4-22 and Kester Charlemagne 3-21. Sergio Feede then hit an unbeaten 43 as Marlow eased their way to victory in the 31st over for the loss of three wickets.

In Division 2B Hurst gave their flagging season a much-needed lift with a five-wicket win at Fleet.

Hosts Fleet managed 214-9 from their 52 overs after being inserted, with Jake English (96) just failing to reach his century. T Lindley (3-44) and L Smith (3-54) both finished with three-wicket hauls. Hurst then chased down their target with overs and wickets to spare, with James Watt and Sam Hawles both making 72. They finished on 215 in the 45th over and the result moves Hurst up to seventh.

Windsor maintained their interest in the goings on at the top of Division 3A after beating Sulhamstead and Ufton by 169 runs on Saturday.

Having elected to bat, century men Matthew Lazarczuk (108) and Vishal Nair (127) dominated a Sulhamstead bowling attack led by Doug MacDonald (3-38). Mark Lines also chipped in with a useful 30 to enable the hosts to declare on 296-6 in the 51st over. Windsor were then equally impressive in the field, bowling Sulhamstead out for 127 in the 43rd over.

Just behind fourth placed Windsor, and level with them on points, are Taplow, who drew with Cove 2nds on Saturday. Having won the toss, Taplow made 254-8 declared from 50 overs, with Kevin Dass finishing unbeaten on 75 and Summer Abbas adding 54. In an exciting game Cove went after Taplow’s total, but they came up just seven runs short, finishing on 247-7 in the 50th over. Matt Far top scored for them with 81no while James Marsh made 59.

Sonning picked up their first victory of the season with a five wicket win over Aldershot at home.

Leading the way in the division at White Waltham and Royal Ascot whop beat Finchampstead and Boyne Hill 2nds respectively. Having elected to bat the league leaders were able to declare on 280-6 after 50 overs, with Nikhil Jathavedan blasting 132 runs to out do teammate Dan Molloy (82). They then bowled Finchampstead out for 183 in the 50th over, with Cloudesley Long (5-51) and Rahul Mohindru (3-27) making some crucial breakthroughs.

Behind them by just a point are Royal Ascot who beat Boyne Hill at home by four wickets. Batting first after winning the toss, Hill made 179 before being bowled out in the 49th over. Najib Khan (40) top scored for the visitors with William Neal adding 33. Tharindu Denipitiyage (3-26) and Nick Wiggett (3-30) both finished with three wickets.

Neal (3-20) was a thorn in Ascot’s side as they began their reply, but the home side closed in on victory in the 51st over, finishing on 182-6. Michael Breet (63) and Andrew Murray (42no) were their top scorers.

In Division 3B Farnham Royal extended their lead over NPL and Wraysbury with a 45-run win over Slough 3rds.

Batting first Royal made 221-6 from 52 overs, with H Barton making 46 and J Barton making 43no. Slough’s reply ran out of steam with the home side finishing on 176 in the 37th over.

NLP had the better of their draw with Wraysbury on Saturday, with the hosts making 269-4 from 52 overs before restricting the visitors to 176 for 6 in 48 overs.

Farnham Common have been bumped down to fourth in Division 5A after losing by four-wickets to Ickenham, while Wooburn Narkovians beat Tring Park 3rds by nine wickets to move up to second in a congested fight for promotion. Ben Cooper hit an impressive 93no as the Narkovians chased down 132 for victory for the loss of only one wicket.

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