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Home Counties Cricket round-up: Datchet live to rue dropped catches in 146-run defeat to Henley

DATCHET CC

Dropped catches lose matches, and Datchet lived to rue a series of them in Saturday’s crushing 146-run defeat to Henley.

Captain Bobby Sher was expecting a tough afternoon against last season’s champions at the Wally Gage Memorial Ground, but he believed his side would be much closer to victory, having run Henley close twice last season.

This, however, was an afternoon in which nothing went right for his side, and a lacklustre display from his bowlers – and also in the field – meant they had a mammoth score of 307-3 to chase at the changeover. Michael Roberts, who contributed 101, was put down twice according to Sher, while Jack Davies (139no) was also dropped. They found Davies in particular difficult to live with. He hit 19 fours and four sixes in a batting masterclass from the ex England u19s player. And, in this win/lose format game, Datchet were forced to chase victory rather than go for damage limitation. Their innings unravelled fairly quickly as Henley’s bowlers tempted them into going for their shots. Joe Barrett did ok, making 22, while Steven Naylor top scored with 44 however, the pressure of chasing 300 plus proved too much and the match was over long before their final wicket was taken for 161 in the 39th over.

“It was obviously a very good batting performance from Henley,” said Sher. “But from our side it was very disappointing that we dropped the guy (Roberts) who got 100 twice. They were both simple catches as well. We also dropped the guy (Davies) who went on to get 139 not out. We didn’t bowl very well on both sides of the wicket and you can’t afford to do that in one-day cricket. If we’d taken our chances it might have been a different game, and against Henley, you can’t afford not to do that.

“They went out to win and they don’t really have any off days. They work very hard in training during the week and it showed on Saturday.”

Sher didn’t feel Datchet were beaten at the changeover, but a daunting run chase quickly became an impossible one. They’ll be looking to put right Saturday’s wrongs when they visit Slough this weekend.

“It’s not impossible, it was possible,” he said. “We needed to get off to a good start and it is just seven runs an over. It seems like a lot but it just depends on how you think. We were positive going out there and we went out to give it a crack. When you’re chasing a score like that you either get very close or you get behind it. We went hard early on and they bowled in better areas than we did and they got the reward for it. In these win lose games you’ve got no choice but to chase it. Hopefully we can learn from this game, we’ve got another five matches to play and we’ve got to turn it around.”

On Saturday’s game against Slough Sher added: “It’s a big derby game and it’s another tough game for us. Hopefully this will give us a little kick up the backside and all the players will be up for it. It was just one of those days when nothing quite went right at any period of the game. We just want to carry on because we were playing some very good cricket before this game.”

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SLOUGH CC

Slough’s hopes of finishing in the top four of the of the Home Counties Cricket League were dealt a big blow by Saturday’s nine-wicket defeat at Chesham.

Batting first after winning the toss, Slough were restricted to just 160-9 from their 40 overs, and Chesham needed little encouragement to show it was well under par. Jason Rance (3-33) and Matthew Rance (3-23) kept their hopes pinned down while Nabeel Janed managed 43 and Sheridon Gumbs opened with 36, but their total always looked a little weak.

Chesham illustrated this with only one blot on an almost faultless copybook. Matthew Rance fell to Aashir Zaib for 59, but his was the only wicket taken as the home side cruised home in less than 25 overs. Mark Eteen (81no) and Luke Webb (18no) got the job done with little difficulty.

Chesham sit second in the table, above Henley who cruised to victory over Datchet. Banbury lead the way with 60 points having won all three of their matches so far. Slough sit 14th on 30 points, just below Datchet on 31. Conveniently the two sides play each other at Slough this weekend.

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BURNHAM CC

Burnham sit second from bottom of the pooled competition after losing by 76 runs at Tring Park. The home side won the toss and elected to bat, making 234-5 from their 40 overs, with Steven Clark their top scorer with 82. Shaan Khan took 3-56 for the visitors.

In response scoreboard pressure clearly told as Burnham were wiped out for 158 in 36 overs. Their first four batsmen departed with the score on 25, and although Shaan Khan (53) and Asim Zaka (24) showed some resilience, the wheels quickly came off when they were dismissed. Hamza Afzaal finished on 20no at the end. The Tring wickets were shared between Mohamed Choudhry, Tom Weymes, Rory Criddle and Scott Rolfe, who each took two apiece. This Saturday Burnham host Buckingham.

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WARGRAVE CC

In the same division Wargrave put up a competitive display as they lost by four wickets at Wokingham CC. Having elected to bat, Imran Malik (68) and Neal Robinson (66) produced the standout knocks as Wargrave reached the end of their 40 overs on 195-6. Charlie Carter (2-26) and Max Uttley (2-35) had both chipped away with two wickets apiece.

Wargrave might have won this match but for the performance of Danny Housego, who made 89 not out and anchored the home side to victory in the very final over. He was ably supported by Sukhmeet Kang (34).

Wargrave sit 17th ahead of this week’s visit of Finchampstead.

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