Thames Valley League: Pacesetters Henley and Marlow continue to show great consistency

Marlow’s Imran Nawaz scored 126 in his side’s 196-run win over Datchet 2nds

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Thames Valley League Division 2A pacesetters Henley 2nds and Marlow kept their incredibly consistent run going with victories over Kew and Datchet 2nds respectively this weekend.

Henley hold a narrow five-point advantage over Marlow following their five wicket win over Kew, however, Marlow are ready and waiting to pounce on any slip up after they beat Datchet by a massive 196 runs. Chesham are also in contention after their eight-wicket win over Hayes. They’re just 14 points adrift of the leaders.

For Marlow, opener Imran Nawaz made a massive 126, with solid support from several others, as the hosts declared on 275-5 after 48 overs. The task of chasing proved too daunting for Datchet who were skittled for just 79 in 28.2 overs. Unlike a few weeks ago, when Harry Williams took all 10 wickets, the wickets were shared around with Williams and Harry Spear taking two apiece and Kester Charlemange and Sam North taking three apiece.

Henley chased down Kew’s total of 185-10 with reasonable ease to maintain their lead at the top of the division. Euan Brock top scored with 41 as they reached 186-5 in the 39th over.

Elsewhere in Division 2A second from bottom Maidenhead & Bray beat Amersham 2nds by seven wickets to claim their first victory of the season. Joe Masih took 4-48 and Andrew Parham 5-19 as Amersham were bowled out for 107 after 44 overs, before Oliver Hawker and Kieran Grey fired the hosts to a comfortable win, each making an unbeaten 45.

In Division 2B Hurst checked their disappointing recent form with a draw against leaders Reading.

Hurst have slipped down the table in recent weeks, but they played reasonably well to take points off the leaders.

Having won the toss Reading opted to bat given the conditions and made 155 before being dismissed in the 52nd over. H Mann (3-28) and A Joshi (3-35) were Hurst’s chief wicket takers. Hurst batted steadily in their reply, with L Smith making 60 and M Carroll 44, but it proved too conservative, and they eventually ran out of overs, finishing on 149-7 from 48 overs.

Taplow’s disappointing season in Division 3A continued as they lost by 46 runs to Finchampstead 3rds. Batting first Finchampstead declared on 251-7 after 51 overs, with Aidan Carstens (71) and Gareth Fearon (60) their top scorers. Muzzammil Sherzad took 4-48 to keep the visitors in check, however, despite the best efforts of Yasir Ahmed (30), Haseeb Haider (66) and Naveed Akram (28) it proved too challenging to chase. Emma Walker was the pick of Finchampstead’s bowlers, finishing with 4-88.

Leaders Sonning proved too strong for White Waltham, beating them by 89 runs, while second placed Royal Ascot defeated Cove 2nds by a couple of wickets.

Sonning put on a challenging total of 236-4 before bowling Waltham out for 147, while Ascot chased down Cove’s total of 209-6 with two wickets in hand, finishing on 212-8.

Windsor scored well with the bat, making 266-7 in their home game against Aldershot. However, the visitors thwarted their hopes of victory, finishing on 162-8, despite the best efforts of KA Ziemkendorf, who took 3-16 having made 36 with the bat for Windsor. G Gould and Vishal Nair top scored for the hosts with knocks of 57 and 53 respectively.

In Division 3B promotion challengers Wraysbury and Farnham Royal were both defeated, with Wraysbury losing by 71 to Slough 3rds and Harefield getting the better of Royal by one wicket. However, the damage was limited after leaders NPL lost by 118 runs to Stoke Green 2nds.

Farnham Common continue to lead the way in Division 5A after their 99-run win over bottom club Tring Park 3rds. The home side declared on 248-6 after 43 overs with Randip Lochab their top scorer with 66. Hassan Malik then took 4-38 to help bowl Tring out for 149.

Wooburn Narkovians have dropped to third after their 85-run loss to Hayes 2nds. Having made 154-10 in 40 overs Hayes dismissed Narkovians for just 69 runs and moved above them to second.

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