Stemp's last stand helps Pinkneys Green to first win of the season

Jack Stemp's last stand helped Pinkneys Green to a first win of the season in the Chilterns League Premiership on Saturday, as they beat The Lee by a single wicket.

Stemp finished on 61 not out as Green chased down The Lee for victory with one wicket in hand.

Having been invited to bat, The Lee were bowled out for 183, with Chandu Bandla taking 4-32.

Pinkneys' chase got off to a steady, if not spectacular start, with Vinay Mopur making 38 and Chris Heyes 33.

However, when Stemp walked out to the crease, Green still needed 72 runs with only four wickets in hand.

His was a do-or-die batting blitz, hitting eight fours and a six as wickets continued to fall. Momentum looked to have swung The Lee's way when Green lost their ninth man with 28 runs still required, however, Nathan McDonagh (1no) held his end up as Stemp fired the home side to victory in the 43rd over. Victory lifts Green to fourth in the table although they remain someway behind the top three.

Elsewhere in the Premiership Hurley suffered a disappointing capitulation as they lost to Cadmore End by 157 runs.

Batting first Cadmore managed 229 runs before being dismissed in the 42nd over, with Sunny Singh taking 4-44, but Hurley's response with the bat was appalling, even allowing for the challenging conditions.

Only one of their number, Ibraz Hussain (15) managed double figures as they were bowled out for just 72.

Wickets fell at regular intervals with Malik Usman taking eight wickets for 29 runs in just eight overs. Hurley collected just five points for their efforts and sit sixth in the table.

Shahbaz Khan (50) and Syed Kazmi (54) both reached their half-century as Braywood defeated Holmer Green by six-wickets on Saturday to move up to third in the Chiltern's League Championship.

Braywood picked up 37 points from the victory keeping them within striking distance of leaders Peppard Stoke Row and second placed Ley Hill.

Having been inserted hosts Holmer were restricted to 131 in 44.4 overs, with Mrunal Sawant their top scorer with 43.

There were a couple of notable bowling performances for Braywood, with Kamran Hafeez taking 3-7, and Mohammed Ansar 4-32.

Despite Shiny Johnston falling for one after facing only nine deliveries, Braywood's victory was never really in doubt once Khan and Kazmi found their rhythm at the crease.

Kazmi did eventually fall to Prashantha Weerakoon (3-36) having sprayed nine balls to the boundary, however, Obi Sarwar (17) kept the visitors reply on track as they reached 134-4 after 27 overs.

Littlewick Green won for only the second time this season as they beat West Reading by 78 runs on Saturday.

Green remain bottom of the table, but are now just eight points from safety having impressed with both the bat and ball at the weekend.

Batting first the hosts made 205 runs before being bowled out in the 43rd over. Tom Maskel was their top scorer with 60, defying the likes of Saqib Gulfraz, who took 3-30.

Green then made life extremely difficult for West Reading's batsmen, reducing them to 63-8 before bowling them out for 127, with Junaid Akhtar (3-23) and Kirk Graham (3-29) the pick of their bowling attack.

They collected 40 points for their efforts.

In Division 1 Holyport remain in contention at the top end of the table after their 106-run win over Chalfont St Giles 2nds.

Having made 204-9 from 45 overs they bowled out their hosts for just 98 with Muhammad Mustafa Raza and Qadeer Rasool both taking three wickets.

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