Chilterns League review: Braywood's hopes take a blow and Hurley drop to foot of the table

Braywood’s Nasir Satti hit 57 in the defeat to Shinfield

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Braywood’s hopes of challenging Peppard Stoke Row for the Chilterns League Championship title suffered a blow on Saturday as they were beaten by four wickets by lowly Shinfield.

Second placed Braywood won the toss and elected to bat in favourable batting conditions, but the early dismissals of openers Syed Kazmi (0) and Yaser Ahmed (5) set the tone for a difficult afternoon at the crease. Usman Rasheed (27) steadied the ship, but it was Nasir Satti (57) and Prijith Vijayan (57) further down the order that really got hold of the innings and enabled Braywood to post a defendable total of 222.

Shinfield’s response was also disrupted by the regular fall of wickets, but Fakhir Ali (61) and Muhammed Hafeez (49no) drove the visitors to an impressive and unexpected victory.

They finished on 225-6 after 43.3 overs.

Littlewick Green produced a fine bowling display to beat bottom club Ballinger Waggoners by 79 runs on Saturday. Littlewick have been struggling at the wrong end of the table for much of the season, but this result will have eased some of those concerns.

Batting first they managed a total of 184 before being dismissed with Tom Maskell top scoring with 67 and Gary Lines adding 32.

Matt Wood then took 4-21 as Littlewick skittled out their visitors for 105 runs in 25 overs.

Will Brockwell (3-14) also helped blow away the Waggoners top order, and they were reduced to 43-7 before Ian Davies (11), Ruairidh Barnes (25no) and Nick Adams (11) provided some late defiance. Victory lifts Littlewick 16 points clear of the bottom two.

Little Marlow and Holyport are moving into promotion contention in Chilterns League Division 1 after claiming victories over Braywood 2nds and Littlewick Green 2nds respectively this weekend.

Little Marlow chased down Braywood’s total of 125 for a four-wicket win, while Holyport produced a devastating bowling display to bowl Green out for just 84 runs, before chasing them down in 17 overs for the loss of five wickets.

Holyport’s win takes them to fourth, 42 points behind leaders Emmbrook & Bearwood. Little Marlow are sixth but just five points behind Holyport.

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Hurley dropped to the foot of the Chilterns League Premiership table on Saturday after losing their must-win game against another of the season’s strugglers, Denham, by 152 runs.

Having won the toss in warm, sunny conditions, Denham set about making their hosts toil, putting on 259-9 from 47, a total which heaped more pressure on an underperforming side.

Hurley only started the match with nine players, with Fayyaz Kayani opening the bowling from the Shepherds Lane end. Chris Lupton and Inderjeet Gahunia made a cautious start against Kayani and Umar Zaman but confidence quickly grew and they eked out an opening stand of 76 in 18 overs. The stand was eventually broken by Jaspreet Singh, however, Faisal Mahmood came in and caught the eye with some elegant on-side shots, adding 50 in eight overs with Lupton, until he was bowled by Hassan Gul. Lupton completed his half-century before falling almost immediately after. Jagdeep Singh was brought on and took the last four Denham wickets, however, veteran seamer Faisal Mahmood, one of three with the same name playing in the match, put the game beyond Hurley’s reach with an undefeated 39 off the final five overs.

Hurley made a faster start with the bat than Denham, and were ahead of the visitors after 11 overs, however, thereafter the innings ran aground like a Taiwanese container ship. Zaman was caught behind in the third over, Ibraz Hussain was bowled by Majeed and Jagdeep was struck on the pad for an LBW. Hurley’s Faisal Mahmood was bowled for a duck in the ninth and Jaspreet Singh batted patiently with opening bat Kelvin Baillie for five overs until frustration got the better of him and charged down the wicket to a ball from seamer Kennedy Newbert and was bowled for a duck. Baillie showed glimpses of his best form in scoring 28 out of 54 until he departed to a slip catch from Mian, handing Majeed a five-wicket haul in the process. Young Hassan Gul occupied the crease for 19 overs from 39-4, but he was the last batsmen to depart with the total on 107. There’s no game for Hurley this weekend following the withdrawal of Coleshill.

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Jags Dhillon set the tone for Pinkneys Green’s victory over Knotty Green on Saturday, removing both openers without a run being scored in a tidy opening spell of 3-23.

However, the hosts recovered well from the set-back and went on to post a daunting target of 262, with Rodney Charles top scoring with 133.

The home side declared with nine wickets down, fancying their chances of dismissing or restricting their visitors, however, Pinkneys’ openers Uday Tikoo (73) and Vinay Mopur (80) made light of the challenging chase putting together an opening stand of 149.

Chris Heyes (34no) then anchored the remainder of the innings, with Tegi Kaleka (19no) finishing the job with four overs to spare with four impressive boundaries. They also had four wickets in hand as they finished on 263-6 after 42 overs.

Victory keeps Pinkneys in fourth place, now only 25 points behind Knotty Green in third place.

In contrast to the free scoring away match for the firsts, runs were at a premium as Pinkneys Green 2nds defeated Knotty Green 3rds at home by 14 runs.

Batting first Pinkneys were bowled out for 127, but they managed to whittle out the visitors for 113. Pinkneys are third in the Chilterns League Division 2 table after the win, just a point behind second placed Knotty Green.

Charles Berger spearheaded a comfortable win for Pinkneys Green’s Sunday team at Sonning by taking a hat-trick.

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