Chilterns League: Braywood's form continues to tail off as they lose to West Reading

Littlewick Green’s Matt Wood


Braywood’s form in the Chilterns League Championship continues to tail off after they lost by six runs to West Reading.

Chasing 203 all out from 40.4 overs, the home side fell just six runs short as they were dismissed for 197 in 39.2 overs.

Having restricted West Reading to 203, this was a very makeable chase for Braywood, and they impressed in the field, with Prijith Vijayan taking 4-27 and Kamran Hafeez (2-36) and A Mahmood (2-47) both taking a couple of wickets.

After pitching out the visitors’ top order for relatively few runs, they allowed West Reading to escape their clutches, as they reached 203 having been 41-5 at one stage. Zain Raja (48), Saqib Gufraz (54) and Zafran Ashraf (46) all scored well.

In response, Braywood appeared to be cantering to their target, with openers Mohammed Waheed (24) and Arsal Farooq (50) sharing a first wicket stand of 61, but a collapse ensued, with only N Mahmood (49) and Hafeez (32) able to resist.

In the Premiership, Pinkneys Green rallied with a comfortable seven wicket win over Hurley.

Having restricted their visitors to 163-9, they chased them down for the loss of only three wickets in 24.1 overs. The result moves them to within 32 points of leaders Cadmore End. See Mike Walton's report on page 48.

Littlewick Green may still be in with a slim chance of promotion after Saturday's thumping 158 run win over Denham.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Littlewick racked up 271-4 before declaring after 43 overs. They then dismissed Denham for just 113 in 37.4 overs.

There were a couple of standout performances with the bat, as Freddie Wynn made 96 from 92 balls, but even he was outshone by Moshin Rasheed who hit an unbeaten 129.

Denham’s reply was quickly checked by the fall of wickets, with opener Chris Lupton lasting just four balls for his two. Arun Singh scored 10 from six deliveries and Faisal Mahmood Jnr resisted for his hard-earned 28, but Matt Wood (3-43) and Barnaby Hogg (3-24) eventually prized their victims and helped Littlewick to an easy win.

Holyport are cantering away to the Division 1 title after opening up a 70-point gap to their closest title rivals with Saturday's five wicket win over Knotty Green 2nds.

Port have won 11 of their 13 matches this season and this was another comfortable one. Having bowled out Knotty Green for 220 in 45 overs, they chased it down with minimal fuss, reaching 223-5 in 40 overs. Razwan Hanif took Port's best figures with the ball, 4-55, while Obaid Wajid (2-31) and Tim Hayes (2-15) also chipped in.

Hanif then cut loose at the crease, smashing an unbeaten 91 with support from Aysin Khan (38) and Bhavik Patel (30).

Little Marlow sit fourth after drawing their latest match with second placed Ruislip Victoria.

Marlow batted first, reaching 326-6 with Haseeb Ali making 153 while Asif Mehmood took 4-25 as Victoria were limited to 171-7 from 43 overs in their reply. Shan Gardezi top scored for them with 46 runs.

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