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Marlow CC leapfrog rivals Maidenhead & Bray with draw

Marlow dragged themselves out of the Thames Valley Cricket League Division 2a drop zone at the expense of fellow relegation-threated Maidenhead & Bray with Saturday’s winning draw.

Having won the toss, the visitors put Marlow into bat but were met by an in-form top order as Imran Nawaz (45) and Phil Lines (55) constructed a solid opening partnership of 90.

Marlow have struggled in recent weeks to keep the run-scoring going after their opening order has been dismissed, but that was not the case this time around as Segio Feede (58) and Hareesh Reddy (27) continued where Nawaz and Lines left off – after both were bowled by the impressive Sachin Moudgil.

The Bray bowler took 5-51, causing issues from one to 11 in the Marlow line-up.

But even when Louis Blackwell (3-87) helped dismiss Feede, the Marlow middle order was up to the task as Graeme Paskins played his way to 55 not out to help the hosts towards their impressive 288 target.

It was always going to be a tough one to chase down for Bray and a nine-run opening stand between Richard Lawrence (26) and Pieter Ethan Walker (2) did little to help the chase.

Where the Marlow top order were put under the cosh by the bowling of Moudgil the same could be said for the Bray top and middle order after they were devastated by the slick Matt Kidd (6-40).

Kidd set to work carving apart the Bray batting line-up and he did so with aplomb, taking five consecutive wickets after dismissing Walker lbw.

Few batsmen got to grips with the Marlow bowling – although Ben Howard put up the sternest defence with his 31 in the middle order.

But for all Kidd’s wicket-taking antics, Bray were not in the mood to come out of the game empty handed.  101-7 soon turned into 119-9 and with the chase all but over Bray dug their heels in as Blackwell (23no) and Child (6no) defended everything Marlow threw at them to claim a hard-fought draw.

Marlow jump above Bray into eighth place in the table.

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