Hurst move back into contention with three-wicket win over Kidmore End

Oliver Lovegrove


Hurst have moved themselves back into contention in Division 2B after beating Kidmore End by three wickets on Saturday.

Inserting their visitors on winning the toss, they restricted Kidmore to just 169 runs in 50.3 overs, with Andrew Ruddock taking 3-43.

Ben Tegg managed 29 and Abid Ul Wahab top scored with 52, but the target was an achievable one for Hurst at the changeover.

Kidmore ran them close, taking seven wickets to ensure the outcome remained in the balance until the latter overs, however, James Watt (27), Max Carroll (40no) and Oliver Lovegrove (56) defied the best efforts of James Frost (3-37).

In Division 3A Taplow were bowled out for a frankly embarrassing 49 in less than 20 overs, chasing Sonning’s total of 118-10 from 42.2 overs.

Having won the toss, the hosts inserted Sonning, and looked to have a measure of control when Muzzammil Sherzad took 5-32 to help bowl them out for 118.

However, the performances of Andrew Niblett (26) and Jamie Tidbury (25) proved decisive on a day when the ball had the edge over the bat.

With Sonning’s Andrew Niblett (4-16), Jamie Tidbury (3-6) and Peter Higginbottom (3-26) all in fine form, Taplow’s reply sank without trace as they lost by 69 runs.

Elsewhere in Division 3A Boyne Hill 2nds had the better of Saturday's drawn match with Windsor. Having been inserted Boyne Hill made 192-10 from 48.5 overs but couldn’t remove Windsor’s final two batsmen as the visitors edged home to 114-8.

Hayes (40), Pistorious (44) and Ayub (35) all played well for the home side, while Jackson (3-37), Jordan (3-38) and Line (3-39) finished with Windsor’s best bowling figures. Lingala made 31 in Windsor’s reply, but their chase lost impetus following the loss of wickets.

Royal Ascot remain on top in Division 3A despite Saturday’s four-wicket loss to Finchampstead 3rds.

Ascot finished their 52 overs on 224-7, with Dan Corsini (36), Michael Breet (63) and Andrew Murray (67) among the runs, however, Tom Potter (112) drove the hosts to victory for the loss of six wickets in the 47th over.

The match between Aldershot and White Waltham was abandoned due to the weather with Waltham on 75-7 chasing Aldershot’s total of 180. Kunal Mogla and Rahul Mohindru bowled well for Waltham taking 4-32 and 5-47 respectively.

Farnham Royal maintained the gap between them and the chasing pack at the top of Division 3B after beating Wraysbury by three-wickets on Saturday.

Having opted to bowl first Wraysbury managed just 97 runs before being bowled out in the 43rd over. Andy Prasad scored 35, but his efforts were eclipsed by Marwan Mohammad, who took 6-18 and Faizan Mahmood (3-8). Royal then got to their target for the loss of seven wickets in the 36th over.

In Division 5A Wooburn Narkovians moved back to the top after an eight-wicket win over Wraysbury 2nds.

Ben Barker scored an impressive 83 not out as Wooburn chased down Wraysbury’s total of 131-10, for the loss of just two wickets in the 15th over. Taranjit Singh scored well for the hosts, reaching his half century, but Sam Thomas (3-27) and Andrew Tennant (3-11) helped put Wooburn in the driving seat.

In the same division Farnham Common defeated Chalfont St Peter by eight wickets, with Hassan Malick finishing on 76not out as Common chased 176 for victory.

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